Doctoral Studies (PhD)

Our department hosts many PhD students from all over the world. Language Science and Technology at Saarland University offers a vibrant environment which is internationally known for its innovative research in computational linguistics and natural language processing, psycholinguistics, linguistics, phonetics and speech technology.

Over the past 25 years, the department has grown into one of the largest centers in computational linguistics in Europe. The department also closely collaborates with the German Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), which develops cutting-edge language technology applications.

Many of our PhD students are funded through research grants like the Collaborative Research Center (SFB 1102), or through teaching assistant positions. An alternative is to apply for PhD grants at various foundations (see LINK:Research in Germany; funding opportunities may also exist through agencies in your home country). Admission to our department's PhD program depends primarily upon finding an appropriate supervisor, who must have the status of professor or independent research group leader. This means that you must find a supervisor who is sufficiently familiar with the area in which you would like to pursue your PhD.

Financial matters

Students admitted to pursue a PhD degree do not pay any tuition fees, regardless of their nationality. PhD student wages usually follow the TV-L 13 scale.


All formal requirements are contained in the regulations for doctoral degree studies (Promotionsordnung).