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On standards or conventions specific to the higher education system in Germany which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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My relationship with my supervisor has turned bad and she does not repond to my emails. Can I defend my thesis elsewhere in Germany?

I am in the last semester of my PhD. in Germany and my professor did not extend my job contract. I am an international student and my stay is guaranteed by residence permit here. Due to the visa ...
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Is it common and a good idea to give PhD candidates access to examiners’ assessments prior to their defense?

At my university (in Germany), a discussion is going on for some months. The issue is that some (professors and PhD students) want to establish a policy that, prior to the oral defense of their PhD ...
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Does being a native speaker of a language and having experience in academia substitute for a Ph.D. in cultural studies?

I have a friend from Germany who was a foreign exchange student in the US for a couple of years. She has a master's degree in Political Science from a German university and several years of experience ...
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Should I follow up with this professor?

I emailed a Prof. in Germany my CV and my research interests and that I want to discuss PhD research opportunities with him. His reply was the following: Thank you very much for your message and your ...
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Interrupting a German research fellowship

I am going to accept a research fellowship in Germany for the duration of 24 months. In the Guideline, it is written that (in English) Interruption to take advantage of another fellowship in Germany ...
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Can I have holidays during a von Humboldt research fellowship?

I am reading the Guidelines and Information of the Research Fellowships of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/fileadmin/Bewerben/Foerderung_waehrend_Aufenthalt/...
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about the number of recommendation letters

I submitted the required documents in order to apply for a postdoc position in Germany. In the application form they had asked for at least two referee's contact details. I put the details of two ...
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What to consider when signing up for VG Wort?

I am a German citizen and have published my PhD thesis this year and am thus thinking of signing a contract (“Wahrnehmungsvertrag”) with VG Wort. Essentially, it seems like taking free money for my ...
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Is it okay to apply for PhD at a German university without prior contact with a potential supervisor?

I have an MSc degree in natural science and I am currently looking for a PhD position. I saw an advertisement on a researcher community site that an institute at a German university is hiring PhD ...
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Having conflict with certified translator about my transcript of records translation [closed]

I am a graduate in Computer Hardware Engineering who is trying to apply to a German university (for MSc). I think that the translator had some mistakes in translating my ToR, but he says that "I'...
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How can I know which academic field is hot now? [closed]

I am trying to write my own Ph.D. proposal and I wish to know what are the hottest topics in computer science and data science. By 'hottest', I mean: on which topics were the most papers published? My ...
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Do postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance once contracts end?

I am wondering if postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance. I specifically want to know about this in UK and Canada. I know research positions in Germany for instance benefit from ...
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Scholarship in Germany for summer 2022 [closed]

Is it possible to still find a scholarship for summer semester 2022 in Germany ? I recently applied for admission in a German university for summer semester , I just need now a scholarship in order to ...
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Does the new law "zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft" make postdocs in Berlin de facto permanent?

In the German city-state of Berlin, a new law titled Gesetz zur Stärkung der Berliner Wissenschaft (law to strengthen Berlin science) was passed. One of the changes has been described as tenure track ...
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To which EG (Entgeltgruppe) does a master's graduate belong to in Germany?

I am a Master's student, soon I will be finishing my master's thesis. I am looking for a full-time job and would like to know the exact Entgeltgruppe I belong to. I am studying in Baden-Württemberg, ...
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Professor didnt respond for months and master thesis failed

I am writing this message here for my friend who is... having some of the most stressful months of his life as I can see. The story from the beginning, my friend is studying in a university in germany ...
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Will applying for a masters in the same/similar field where I did my postgraduate diploma and a postgraduate program a problem in German Universities?

I have read that doing a master's in a similar field and then applying for the same master's elsewhere will weaken an application. However, my case is slightly different. After doing a BSc Industrial ...
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Ph.D. at AEI without a Master's degree [closed]

As the title suggests, I just wanted to know if the above is possible (that is, Ph.D. at Albert Einstein Institute without a Master's degree, just with a Bachelor's degree), and if so, are there any ...
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What should I do if my university is not in anabin?

My university is not listed in Anabin - a website run by German education officials, listing foreign universities that have been evaluated for their comparability with German universities. The fact ...
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Chances of getting admitted while applying to a German PhD program without a master's degree from Germany? [closed]

I am a molecular biology graduate with an expected master's degree in biology. Both of these degrees are from prestigious universities in my home country, however none of which are in EU. Considering ...
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PhD salary for DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Collaborative Research Centre

I've been selected for a PhD position in a medical school at Lower Saxony in a DFG Transregio Collaborative Research Project. Even though I'm yet to receive my contract, I am curious to know if my ...
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How much time (maximum) can I ask for to think about accepting an offered PhD position?

I am being offered a PhD position at a German institute and I still have a few other interviews planned for the next month (late October). How much time can I safely ask for to think about accepting ...
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DAAD funding for stay abroad for PhD students and postdocs: is it added to the regular TV-L salary?

There are several funding options from the German DAAD for PhD students and Postdoc working in German universities to visit other countries: Research grants for doctoral candidates Research grants ...
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How to bring up disabled access requirements in postdoc application

I am currently applying for a postdoc, after a 2.5 year period of illness during my PhD. For most of that time I wasn't really able to work at all. In the last 6-months or so I have been able to work ...
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How do the logistics work for recipients of a DFG "Eigene Stelle" grant (in Germany)?

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), which funds most basic research in Germany, has a grant program that funds a temporary position ("Eigene Stelle") for novice principal ...
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Semester Break in Germany during PhD

I wanted to apply for an official semester break during my PhD; I am enrolled in a German University; my concern is that could I show the paper published during the semester break in the dissertation?
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Returning to academia - continuously rejected

I finished my Ph.D. in mathematics in 2016 and then worked at the same university (in Germany) and under the same professor (now retired) as a postdoc for the next four years. I knew my contract would ...
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Undergrad research: How to ask my advisor if our results are paper-worthy?

I worked with a professor over the summer where I explored a slightly original avenue in a fairly niche domain. Basically, I ran simulations that validate previous lab experiment results. The work ...
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What are the odds of getting offered a PhD position where I am the 2nd preferred candidate? [closed]

I was just told that I am the 2nd preferred candidate for my most preferred PhD position for which I had an interview some time ago. The position has already been offered to the 1st preferred ...
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Working hours of a TVL13/50% contract

I have an offer of a TVL13/50% contract for a PhD in Germany. This corresponds to roughly a 20h work-week. Visa-wise, I must adhere to the following constraint: The temporary residence permit ...
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What is the procedure for working together with PhD students of another working group?

I recently started a PhD in Germany. To broaden my knowledge in my field (Computational Sciences), I thought it might be a good idea to visit from time to time the institute from which I received my ...
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Plagiarism and exclusion from a master's program?

I am an EU student studying for my MBA in Germany. I have been a top student throughout the year. However, my thesis (24% supposedly plagiarized text) and the last two assignments (55% and 56%) have ...
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Can I find a PhD in Germany without external funding/scholarship?

The following question is asked by an international non-EU person: Is it possible to apply for a PhD at a German university/institute without having an external funding/scholarship? In other words, ...
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My PhD thesis has personal information and I don't want this to be public. What can I do?

I just finished my dissertation at a German university that requires that I include personal data (place of birth, date of birth) on the title page of the dissertation. While I have no problem giving ...
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How do I tell my supervisor that I don't understand something which is probably very basic [duplicate]

I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student in computer science in Europe. I have published some papers in the top-venue conferences. Recently, we are looking into a new field that requires strong ...
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Do PhD positions in Germany need to be formally advertised?

Do the professors in Germany have the authority to issue contract or hire a PhD students directly with a formal contract without previous advertisement?
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In what month should I write to professors in Germany regarding PhD positions?

I am a native of a South East Asian Country (3rd World) and completed my masters in mathematics in May 2021. I am looking to apply to some German Universities for PhD Program for session of 2022. So, ...
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I am employed full-time with a part-time PhD. Can I take up an internship and get paid in my home country to bypass limits on number of hours worked? [closed]

I am working as an International research assistant in a public organization in Germany. I am also doing a part-time PhD from a different university, and the topic of the PhD is different. So, I am ...
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Doing PhD in Germany vs the Netherlands

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. grant. I have two options, one in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the other one in Stuttgart, Germany. The one in Amsterdam is 38h per week. The remuneration is €2,395 ...
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My master’s defense was cancelled with no clear reason. How can I deal with this?

I have been doing my master thesis in Germany for the last six months and submitted my thesis this week. I kept in touch with the supervisor while I was writing the thesis and the result was ...
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Will doing a Habilitation in Germany give me more research and teaching autonomy during its period?

I have been a postdoc in Computer Science at a German university for the last year or so. Previously, I have been a postdoc abroad for another couple of years, and I also hold a PhD from abroad. When ...
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Work experience certificate (Arbeitszeugnis) - Student Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskrafte)

I worked as a Student Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskrafte) for two years (19 hrs/week) at an institute of a reputed German University. I have received a work experience certificate (Arbeitzeugnis)...
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I am like a stranger in the group

I don't know how to behave as a new PhD student towards the other people in my group. I started my PhD at the begining of Covid in February 2020. One week after I met the people in our group, our ...
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Transferring PhD from Germany to US?

Background info: I am a PhD student in Germany who is rather frustrated with his research progress. I am almost 3 years into my PhD now. My field is Theoretical Computer Science. I started working in ...
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My university is listed on Anabin as H+ but my degree is not listed

I already submitted my application to a MSc in Germany. Today I received an e-mail from the university telling me that they can not find my degree in the database in Anabin, so they cannot know if my ...
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Working and doing an MSc in physics in Europe

I'm currently finishing up my undergraduate degree and I will soon start to apply for graduate school. I'm gonna apply to some schools in Europe (mainly Germany), but one thing I'm very worried about ...
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Can a PhD student write recommendation letter for me under whom I worked?

A few years ago I did a month lab rotation in a lab. At that time I was doing my masters and I was directly supervised by the Ph.D. student (X) of that lab. He taught me all the techniques and ...
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Good ways to get teaching experience in non-teaching position

I am a PhD student working full time at a research institute (Drittmittelstelle) in Germany. This is a pure research, non-teaching position. I did both my master and bachelor at a Fachhochschule (FH) (...
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How many weeks of holidays does a Ph.D. student in Germany have the right to take?

As a Ph.D. student in Germany, what's the maximum allowed holiday time per year? I heard of 1 month per year. Thanks.
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How to apply for Habilitation positions in Germany - Physics/Chemistry

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in physics in the USA right now (my Ph.D. is in physical chemistry). I want to move to Germany and eventually become a research professor. I am aware that one route I ...

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