PhD Programs

Information for PhD applicants

If you are interested in working on a Ph.D. at Humboldt-Universität, your first task is to find an academic mentor. Please get in touch with scholars and scientists who work in the academic area that you are interested in. You can use the webpages of the Institutes and publication lists for your search. If you have applied successfully for a structured Ph.D. program (e.g. an international doctoral school), then this step is taken care of, because you will be working with a group of professors instead.

If you are interested in how to get a Ph.D. in German in general, please also have a look at the website of the DAAD.


The international doctoral students can use all services at "Orbis International Student Club", such as the cultural programmes and the language exchange.

Contact at the Research Service Center:

Dr. Uta Hoffmann
Servicezentrum Forschung
Advice on doctoral studies (including financial support)
Ziegelstraße 13c, Room 647

Phone: +49 30 2093-1664


Contact at the International Scholar Services:

Team of the International Scholar Services
Advice and support in non-academic questions for
doctoral candidates and researchers from abroad
Unter den Linden 6, Room 1069
Phone: +49 30 2093-20096 and 20097


Contact at the International Office:

Ulrike Spangenberg
Internationales Büro
International students' and scholars' services
Unter den Linden 6, room 2245 A
1st mezzanine, above SSC
10117 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 2093-46 712

Contact at the Admissions Office:

Elke Nürck
Zulassung/Immatrikulation von Promotionsstudierenden
Admission of doctoral students (degree seeking at Humboldt)
Student Service Center (SSC)
Unter den Linden 6, ground floor

Phone: +49 30 2093-70 267


If you are looking for financing during your Ph.D. phase, you could check:


There are many other foundations which will support individuals from specific academic areas.