Before the doctorate

A doctorate serves as proof of your ability to conduct independent and original scientific research. The preparation of a dissertation - and thus independent research - should contribute significantly to the progress of scientific knowledge in the respective discipline. Depending on the discipline, subject of the work and personal commitment, it can take two to six years to obtain a doctorate.

Besides the formal requirements, a graduate.., Master's or Magister examination at a universityan equivalent state examination, or a master's examination at a university of applied sciences, you should have stamina and a keen interest in your chosen subject.

A wealth of information on doctoral studies in Germany can be found on the Research in Germany page of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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Doctorate at the TU Ilmenau

TU Ilmenau

As a young researcher* you are an early stage researcher at our university, even if you are enrolled as a doctoral student. Therefore, you are expected to have a high degree of independence and personal responsibility based on good scientific practice.

Details of the doctoral procedure can be found in the doctoral regulations of the TU Ilmenau.

You arrange a supervision agreement with your supervisor. The present proposal is to be understood as a handout providing information on necessary contents (here § 1 - 9 mentioned). The  supervisors in consultation with the doctoral candidates are responsible for the actual content of the agreement in question.
The university administration recommends concluding a corresponding agreement for all doctoral candidates. If necessary, such a supervision agreement can also be used directly as a qualification agreement for temporary employment or further employment.

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Doctorate channels

Doctoral scholarship or structured doctoral programme

Thematically focused projects within the framework of

Research Training Groups of the DFG or the EU

Graduate schools (e.g. Free State of Thuringia)

Doctorate with scholarships

Individual doctorate

Direct attachment to a field of expertise

Invitation to tender and awarding by the responsible professors

Financing via budget or third-party funds

External doctorate

Funding outside the university

Support of specific disciplines by companies

Double PhD

The International Office will be happy to advise you on the possibility of a double PhD.

Advice on the doctoral project

TU Ilmenau
Found a topic? Or not?

In any case, please contact the contact persons at our faculties for advice. The contact persons are in each case the assistants of the deans.


Once you have completed all the formalities, go to the applicant portal here: Applicant portal

Financing possibilities