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Structured Doctoral Studies


In addition to advising, structured PhD programs offer a comprehensive subject-matter–and sometimes also, a cross-disciplinary curriculum–preparing PhD students specifically for their future academic or non-academic careers. With over 30 structured PhD programs and graduate schools, the University of Bonn offers an exceptional variety of structured PhD programs.





Our Graduate Schools and Doctoral Programs

Bonn International Graduate Schools (BIGS)

BIGS offer high standard doctoral programs under excellent research conditions, with multiple international research partnerships and a qualification program tailored to the candidates' needs.

DFG Research Training Groups (and similar doctoral programs)

The third-party funded graduate schools at the University of Bonn offer structured doctoral studies in selected topics. They allow a close network of doctoral candidates graduating in related topics.

Further Graduate Programs in Bonn

Our binational and further structured doctoral programs with different degrees of structure and support offered are introduced here.


Doctoral Programs at the University of Bonn according to Discipline


All structured doctoral programs offer the following:

  • innovative advising concepts
  • subject-matter qualification program (continuous learning)
  • cross-disciplinary skills training
  • regular progress checks
  • working in research networks
  • close contact with peers



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