How to apply for a PhD program
Once you found an open position for doctoral students in your area of research, you can apply directly to the university if you meet the requirements. Check with the contact at the university if you have any questions such as the language your doctoral thesis needs to be written in. It’s also good to check whether a German doctorate degree is recognized in your home country.
If you have your own research project that you feel passionate about, you can also apply directly to a professor, a department or an institute by sending your proposal. This is easier if you have worked with the professor during your master’s program. Your professor will be your advisor and mentor during your doctoral studies so you need to know his work and research well before you apply to make sure it is a good fit.
Academic conferences can also be good places to meet potential advisors if you work and present in the same area. If you are highly motivated to work in a specific area but haven’t settled on a specific subject yet, you can also look for dissertation subjects in the database of the the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF).