How much is the tuition fee?

There is no tuition fee, but semester fees are due at one of the three participating Berlin universities before the start of each semester. See chapter “6.3 Paying Standard Charges” of the BMS Guidebook for an example of these fees.

How can I finance my PhD?

Phase I:
The BMS selects recipients for its merit-based scholarships from all Phase I who submit their application by the first round deadline of 1 December. Applications can also be submitted by in the second round, but only a limited number of scholarships remain available at that time.
Students in Phase I with sufficient German language skills are normally expected to support themselves by other means, either with student jobs like tutoring for undergraduate classes, or by applying for outside scholarships, for instance from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Phase II:
For Phase II applicants funding is awarded based on merit and availability and regardless of the application round. Besides the BMS scholarships, funding may also come from PhD positions at one of the participating universites or other scholarships. If funding is necessary, the BMS organizes funding for each admitted Phase II applicant before issuing the admission. For further information about these and other funding possibilities, see this page of our website:

If I am admitted to Phase I without a BMS scholarship, will I be able to apply for funding from the BMS next year?

No. Students admitted without a BMS scholarship must find other means of financial support for the entire duration of Phase I. However, students wishing to proceed to Phase II after successful completion of Phase I can apply for Phase II funding.