6 Steps to Find Your PhD Start studying abroad

Many visitors at PhDPortal ask us how to proceed in order to apply for a PhD, so we will outline the different steps for you.

1. The first step would be to search the PhDportal.

2. As you are looking at the main page of the PhD portal, the next step will be to select the discipline that you are interested in pursuing a PhD in. There is a drop-down menu with broad disciplinary categories. For example, if you are interested in Organic Chemistry, you will need to choose Natural sciences in the discipline menu. After you choose the discipline, it is useful to select also the sub-discipline in order to narrow down your research, for example, you will choose Chemistry. Moreover, if you have a specialisation in mind such as organic chemistry, then it is important to include 'organic chemistry' in the white box (keyword search) next to the discipline and sub-discipline information and click search. This will enable you to search more efficiently the PhD programmes in our portal.

3. As soon as you click on the search button, you will be able to see all the relevant programmes to your search (an overview). How do you proceed now, especially if your search has showed more than 10 or 20 programmes?

4. In this case, you might want to look at the name of the programme and the country/institution which you can see in this overview before proceeding in exploring each programme separately. At the same time, you will find on the left-hand side a number of filters that you can use to narrow down your search. For example, if you are interested in programmes in English, then select English from the drop down menu in the filter called 'language of tuition'. A useful filter to be aware of is the one called Project type. If you tick the 'Pre-defined project' and then click on the filter, you will see PhD programmes that have a topic which is already defined and often involve funding opportunities.

5. After narrowing down your search with filters that reflect your preferences, you should look into each programme in more detail. If you click on the name of the programme, you will find a description of the programme, the requirements, sometimes funding information and often links to the university/department/programme's website. If you want to find out more information about the application process or characteristics of the PhD programme, then it is advisable to first to look at the programme's website (click on the link that is provided) and secondly to contact the institution asking for further information or clarification.