About Technical University Berlin

The Technische Universität Berlin looks back over a long and distinguished tradition of teaching and research. In 1799 its most important predecessor, the Building Academy, was founded. In 1946 the university was re-established under the name of Technische Universität Berlin. 

The seven faculties of the university offer approx. 140 study programs from the fields of engineering and natural sciences, economics and business, planning sciences, humanities and the social sciences. In 2017/18 TUB had 35,000 enroled students, nearly 33 per cent of them women and approx. 23 per cent foreign citizens, making TUB one of the largest and most international universities of technology in Germany.

Research that benefits society

The Technische Universität Berlin is one of the leading research universities in Germany. We have seen a continuous rise in third-party funding and set up a cluster and a graduate school thanks to the award of Excellence competition funding. We also rank highly in international league tables and have received numerous prizes and accolades including Alexander von Humboldt Professorships, Leibniz Awards and grants from the European Research Council. TU Berlin's research activities are structured around six areas of specialization and informed by our competencies and social responsibilities. Our international reputation and special profile as a university bringing together technical subjects with the humanities, economics, and social and planning sciences provide a firm basis for interdisciplinary research. This takes place most notably in number of successful collaborative projects.

PhD Studies

TU Berlin offers both the "traditional" model of individual supervision and a growing number of doctoral programs offering joint supervision, an academic program, as well as transferable skills training. Such programs are funded by the Excellence Initiative, the German Research Foundation (DFG), various other foundations, as well as TU Berlin itself. For an overview of all doctoral programs in Berlin and Potsdam, please consult www.doctoral-programs.de TU Berlin currently has more than 2600 PhD candidates and awards approximately 500 PhD degrees per year.
More information:
https://www.tudoc.tu-berlin.de/menu/getting_started/parameter/en/

PhD funding and opportunities

Financial support for the doctorate at TU Berlin:
Https://www.tudoc.tu-berlin.de/menu/doctoral_research/financial_support/parameter/en/

Funding databases for research in Germany by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research:
Http://www.research-in-germany.org/en/research-funding/funding-databases.html

Scholarship Database by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD):
www.funding-guide.de

PhD Resources (templates: thesis, funding application etc

DAAD Information Center South Africa:
https://www.daad.org.za/en/

Information on PhD and Research in Germany by DAAD Information Center South Africa:
https://www.daad.org.za/en/study-research-in-germany/phd-and-research-in-germany/

Information on research funding in Germany by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research:
http://www.research-in-germany.org/en/research-funding.html

Institutional research focus areas

Research that Benefits Society
The Technische Universität Berlin is one of the leading research universities in Germany. We have seen a continuous rise in third-party funding and set up three clusters thanks to the award of Excellence Strategy funding. We also rank highly in international league tables and have received numerous prizes and accolades including Alexander von Humboldt Professorships, Leibniz Awards and grants from the European Research Council. TU Berlin's research activities are structured around six areas of specialization and informed by our competencies and social responsibilities. Our international reputation and special profile as a university bringing together technical subjects with the humanities, economics, and social and planning sciences provide a firm basis for interdisciplinary research. This takes place most notably in number of successful collaborative projects. 

TU Berlin’s core research areas of specialization:
Materials, Design and Manufacturing
Cyber-Physical Systems
Energy Systems and Sustainable Resource Management
Infrastructure and Mobility
Knowledge and Communication Systems
Human Health
TU Berlin’s competencies:
Engineering
Computer Science
Humanities
Planning and Management
Mathematics
Natural Sciences
More information:
https://www.tu-berlin.de/menue/forschung/forschungsprofil/forschungsschwerpunkte/parameter/en/

Repositories (phd aids)

DAAD Information Center South Africa:
https://www.daad.org.za/en/

Information on PhD and Research in Germany by DAAD Information Center South Africa:
https://www.daad.org.za/en/study-research-in-germany/phd-and-research-in-germany/

Doing a PhD in Germany – webpage by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research:
Http://www.research-in-germany.org/en/jobs-and-careers/info-for-phd-students.html


Contact

The support of early stage researchers is one of the most important tasks of the TU Berlin. 

Our efforts in this field are coordinated by TU-DOC Office.

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