Baden-Württemberg offers excellent conditions for PhD students and young researchers: There are multiple scholarships and funding opportunities available.
If you are in a structured or individual doctorate program, you don’t have to pay university tuition fees.
There are even more good news: In most cases, PhD students can retain their student status and benefit from reduced entrance fees for museums and public swimming pools as well as reduced or free tickets for local public transport. If you are under 30 years old, you may also benefit from special student rates for your mandatory health insurance.
Many scholarships are available to help you cover your living expenses. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a searchable database with scholarships for international PhD candidates and young researchers.
One common way to cover your living expenses is taking on a position as a research assistant with your supervising professor. This will also allow you to deepen and broaden your knowledge in your field of study and contribute to scientific work. PhD positions are often advertised as “job announcements” and working in the department where you study for your PhD degree is very common.
Structured PhD programs often offer scholarships of around €1000 to €1300. In most cases, these scholarships don’t require you to teach or assist your professor, but you may be asked to take on certain responsibilities within your department.