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Funding & Tuition

Financial support

As a general rule, all PhD students of the Dresden International PhD Program will receive financial support for the duration of their thesis and up to 4 years.

Financial support is granted via one of two types of funding, (i) fellowships or (ii) working contracts. The type of funding a student receives is dependent upon the specific source of funding for each student, and defined by the available resources of the hosting group leader and the hosting organization. Fellowships are tax free and do not include any contributions to social insurances. Health insurance is compulsory and individual arrangements are to be made by the fellow (with the help of the PhD Program Office and the International Office). Individual arrangements for pension schemes are optional. Contracts are taxed, and contributions to health insurance, pension scheme and social benefits are included and automatically deducted from the income.

Contracts are according to 50–65% TV-L E13 respectively TvöD E13 (German tariff for employees in civil service). Irrespective of the source of funding, the initial net income (after deduction of compulsory insurances respectively tax and contribution to social insurances) is at least 1,450 € per month.

Tuition fees

The Dresden International PhD Program does not charge any tuition fee.

Matriculation at the TU Dresden grants the official student status. As such you will benefit from the work of the Studentenwerk (an organisation providing social, financial and cultural support services to students) and the Studentenrat (Students Union). However, it is optional for PhD students. An enrollment fee of about 240 € is charged per semester, this includes the fee for the so-called Semesterticket, which grants free access to the public transport system in Dresden and surroundings.