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Finances & Funding

The BGTS does not require any tuition fees, however, to be enrolled as a PhD student at the University, an enrolment fee needs to be paid every semester, which covers a transportation pass and a contribution to the student union and the student support service. Furthermore, students should expect to budget about €1000-1200 per month for living expenses in Berlin including housing, meals and personal expenses. Please note that the structured programme is designed to be a full-time, on-site programme and it is not foreseen to work alongside doctoral studies.

BGTS offers a number of funding opportunities through the Excellence Cluster, including positions as researchers (WiMi, E-13, 65%), starter scholarships and funding through and its Cluster partner institutions, in particular the Hertie School of Governance. The BGTS also cooperates with the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), candidates for both Hertie and CSC scholarships go through the regular BGTS selection process and will automatically be considered for BGTS membership if their application is successful. Apart from this, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a number of funding possibilities, as do other foundations in Germany and abroad. Candidates that are not offered a scholarship can be admitted to the programme if they secure their own external funding. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to apply to other sponsors/foundations at the same time you apply to the BTS. To support that process, we are happy to provide documentation when necessary. The BTS is also happy to provide you with a (non-exhaustive) list of German foundations that provide funding for doctoral candidates.

Note that continuation of the scholarship each year is subject to the satisfactory completion of annual requirements and the requirements of the respective funding organisation. At the end of the first year, this means successfully completing the programme requirements as well as a positive evaluation of the research proposal by the team of supervisors. At the end of the second year, each candidate‘s overall performance will be evaluated.