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?

The BMS selects recipients for its merit-based scholarships from all Phase I and Phase II applicants who submit their application by 1 December. Late applications may be submitted by the final deadline of 1 March, but only a limited number of scholarships are available by that time. For further information about these and other scholarships, 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.

Is it expensive to live in Berlin?

According to a 2015 study comparing the cost of living for students in the main university cities around the world, Berlin ranks as the cheapest city to study in. It is also one of the cheapest in Germany. See the graphs below and click here for further details (in German only).