Funding and Tuition

PhD Funding

The PhD candidate is generally financed by the research group of the PI in which the doctoral work is carried out. Salaries can vary and should be clarified in detail with the PI. Contracts will be allocated in correspondence with the PI and the organization the PI belongs to (i.e. University, Max-Planck or Helmholtz Research Institute), following acceptance into the Graduate School.


Matriculation and Tuition Fees: In Germany, tuition fees are generally not charged at universities. The cost of these institutions is covered by the German taxpayer.
There is also no registration or matriculation fee.

Transportation: Bonn and the surrounding areas offer an excellent public transportation system. Students have to pay a price of 256 € per semester to the university in order to receive the student card which covers the discount for the food at university cantines and the possibility of living in a student dormitory as well as free transportation throughout the NRW and you will be exempt from paying for the public transportation services. Non-student employees until they receive their student cards can obtain a JobTicket (public transportation pass) for the Bonn/Cologne area. The price ranges from 47 € to 72 €, depending on the extent of the area, and is well below the usual cost of public transport. It is entitled to the use of all public transport within the area including buses, trams and trains.

Literature: Most of the literature you’ll need in the course of the program will be available electronically.

Housing & Living: Your expenses for housing and living in Bonn will depend on your life style and personal preferences. You should calculate an average of 400 € for your housing and 300-400 € for your living expenses per month.