Costs and Funding
There are no tuition fees at BTS; however, a registration fee of 600 is required of all students on a yearly basis. This fee covers a student transportation pass, a social insurance contribution etc.
Aside from the registration fee, candidates should expect to budget about 1,000-1,200 per month for living expenses in Berlin including housing, meals, and personal expenses. A number of generous donors, currently such as Hertie Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service and Chinese Scholarship Council, make funding possible for a limited number of candidates each intake. Therefore, in general, BTS has the means to offer a scholarship to the admitted candidates. Aside from that, students who do not receive a scholarship through BTS but have secured external funding are also eligible for the programme. Our PhD candidates are currently supported by several sponsors.
The scholarships provided by the BTS vary according to the funding organisation:
Hertie Foundation: living expenses of 1,200 per month plus a monthly grant of 100 for material and travel expenses. The registration fee and health insurance are not included in the scholarship.
German Academic Exchange Service: living expenses of 1,000 per month (and, if applicable, family allowance), travelling allowance, and insurance. The registration fee is not included.
Chinese Scholarship Council: living expenses of 1,200 and travel allowance (one-time). The registration fee and health insurance are not included in the scholarship.
Continuation of the scholarship after each year is subject to the satisfactory completion of each year's requirements and the requirements of the respective funding organisation. At the end of the first year, this means successfully completing the take-home examination as well as a positive evaluation of their research proposal by their team of supervisors. At the end of the second year, each candidate's overall performance will be evaluated.
All applicants for the PhD programme are automatically considered for the BTS scholarship during the review process.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to secure scholarships from additional sources of funding, as the number of BTS scholarships offered each year is limited. Please find information through the links below on external organisations that regularly provide funding for our PhD candidates, including the German Academic Exchange Service, the German National Academic Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the ZEIT-Stiftung, and the Evangelisches Studienwerk e.V. Villigst.
External scholarship sponsors
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We are aware that our application and acceptance timetable may conflict with the application deadlines at some funding institutions. If needed, we can provide you with an official statement explaining that notifications of acceptance prior to the final decision of the selection committee in May are not possible to obtain; you can forward this statement to any funding institution to support your application.
Field research abroad and participation in international conferences are important elements for the professional development as a PhD. Thus, BTS supports its PhD candidates in applying for external field research fundings. Please find funding opportunities for graduates listed on the FU website.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) guides you to find your individual scholarship and supports you with country-specific information and funding possibilities related to PhD field research.