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Pursuing a doctorate at Bremen University


The most common form of doing a PhD at the University of Bremen is an individual doctorate. There is no university-wide application system for procspective doctoral candidates. Professors select individually who they supervise as PhD researchers. Therefore, the first step is to find a supervisor. To search for a potential supervisor for your doctorate, please refer to the forex navigator of the University of Bremen or directly to the websites of the twelve faculties.

Apart from an individual doctorate, the University of Bremen offers doctoral programs in many academic disciplines. These programs provide young researchers with opportunities for independent research combined with intensive expert counseling, customized training, and innovative forms of supervision.

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The majority of doctoral researchers of the University of Bremen are employed as research associates. Current vacancies can be found here. Many of the scientific staff members of the institutes of the U Bremen Research Alliance also pursue a doctorate at the University of Bremen.

If you are looking for scholarship programs, this DAAD database might be a good starting point as the University does not offer scholarships.

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Administrative Matters

The formal start of your doctorate is the acceptance by the doctoral commission of the faculty. All documents required are stated in the doctoral regulation (“Promotionsordnung”) of the respective faculty. The most important prerequisite is a higher education qualification that is recognized in Germany.

While the acceptance by the doctoral committee is obligatory, the following enrollment (“Immatrikulation”) is voluntary. If you have not yet been accepted by the doctoral commission, enrollment is initially possible for two terms (one year). Enrolling as a doctoral candidate is necessary to take advantage of the social benefits available to enrolled students and to use university facilities and equipment. For further information and for the enrollment procedure please refer to the Secretariat for Students (SfS).

The doctoral regulations of the University of Bremen also allow bi-national doctoral degrees in cooperation with a foreign university. Detailed information about the procedure is available here.

Bremen Early Career Researcher Development

BYRD is the support center for early-career researchers at the University of Bremen. We are the central contact point for doctoral candidates, postdocs as well as advanced researchers for further training, networking, information and consulting.


Information for International Doctoral Researchers

General Information about the German Doctorate

The “Research in Germany” portal is the central information platform about the German doctorate initiated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It provides very helpful general information about the paths to a doctorate in Germany and gives you an overview of the German research landscape and funding system.