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PhD Funding – Country Guides

The cost of completing a PhD varies dramatically in different countries around the world. Some destinations are more expensive for international students, but others charge very little for PhD study (in fact, a few charge almost nothing). In some parts of the world, meanwhile, it's common for PhD researchers to be paid as staff, whereas students elsewhere rely on more traditioanl scholarships and studentships.

Our guides explore PhD funding in popular countries like Canada and Germany. We've noted major government scholarships as well as less obvious opportunities from charities, industry or universities themselves.


Canada is a welcoming and affordable destination for PhD study, with comparatively low fees and a commitment to supporting doctoral students.

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Most German universities charge no fees for PhD study and funding is available from government, business and independent research institutes.

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