Application and admission

Applicants must hold an above-average Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, a "Diplom" or equivalent in a subject related to the topics of research: forest or wood sciences, biology, chemistry and related fields. Candidates are required to document their proficiency in English. The deadline for applications is January 15th (program starting in April) and July 15th (program starting in October). There will be a selection and probably a test for applicants (via internet for people from abroad).

"Online application and enrolment PhD Wood Biology"

Further information about the the admission ("Zulassungsordnung"), conditions of study ("Studienordnung") and examination regulations ("Prüfungsordnung") are available (Regulations for download). Only those regulations published by Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in its Official Bulletin (Official Announcements) are legally binding.

Financial Support

The PhD-programme generally is tuition free. In Germany the universities are financed by the government. The semester fee is actually 337,01 Euro (reduced price in case of public financing 262,01 EUR). German health insurance is obligatory for all students. This insurance covers the costs of normal medical treatment in Germany (e.g.: TK or mawista or Covomo). The monthly charge is approximately 40 to 60 Euro. Rooms are available for about 250 Euro per month. So including food, clothing etc. a student needs at least 900 Euro (1.200 US-Dollar) per month for the stay at Göttingen.

Funding SourcesGeneral Remarks
"Stipendienlotse"Die Stipendien-Datenbank des BMBF (only in German)
"For grantseekers"Scholarship Programmes for Gifted Students
FAO forestry database Sources of FundingFor information on scholarships choose EDUCATION/SCHOLARSHIP from the subject area drop-down menu
"DAAD scholarship database"Mainly scholarships for foreign students
"DFG research grant"Grants for research projects of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an international level (money for staff, material etc.)
"Funds from the German Ministry of Education and Research"Most important source to fund research projects in Germany with programmes of actual political relevance
"Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt"To promote promising young scientists in the field of environmental protection (Especially for students from Germany, Poland, the Baltic States, the Czech Republic and Kaliningrad)
"Programme Alban"European Union Programme of High Level Scholarships for Latin America
"Konrad Adenauer Foundation"German knowledge requested, mainly East-European students are requested
"Friedrich Ebert Stiftung"German knowledge not requested but some political engagement
"Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung"All application documents must be written in German
"Stipendium Plus" Begabtenförderung im Hochschulbereich