Phd In Germany.
1. Which country and university did you choose for your PhD and why?
I chose Germany for my PhD, I moved to the University of Bonn for my PhD. I carried out my master’s research in a computational chemistry group in India and was looking for similar research groups’ award. A PhD in Europe appealed to me for the potentially shorter time frames involved. I learned of a center exclusively for theoretical chemistry in the University of Bonn and a famous research group that had recent moved there.
2. How was / is the education system different from your home country?
The education system in Germany is well-structured and result-oriented which made it easier for me to stick to deadlines. Funding, course structure and graduate school deadlines are clearly defined. In addition, there is a larger emphasis placed on attending conferences, networking and career development.
3. How smooth were your PhD years and how long did you (or are likely to) take to finish it?
My PhD years were reasonably smooth, I took 3.5 years for me to finish. Although it was hectic writing up at the end, the overall experience was enjoyable for the most part.
4. Which scholarship or source of funds did you apply for or was it self-sponsored?
I was funded through the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the University of Bonn.
5. What would you suggest for the students who are looking for PhD positions abroad?
It is very helpful to contact professors directly as that makes it easier to gauge mutual interest. Further, it is important to tune application documents to the conventions set in that country. Finally, it is always helpful to get acquainted with the local language and the culture of the place of your PhD; it can make one’s PhD life significantly easier.