How can I apply?

We only accept applications submitted online via our application portal. Please register in the portal with your name and email address. We will then send you an email with a log-in link which you can use to set a password and to access, complete, and submit the online application form. You can also save your progress and continue to complete the application form at a later time. Please understand that we cannot accept any applications submitted by mail or email.

What documents do I have to upload?

The documents that are mandatory to upload are the certificates and transcripts of ALL your degrees. If you have not yet completed your Master’s degree, please upload the preliminary transcripts. All required documents must be submitted in German or English language (translated by a certified translator). Please upload them in one single pdf file. In addition, you can attach optional documents such as your CV, publication lists, English language certificates, or certificates of scholarships, awards, or prizes.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for submitting your application via the online portal is May 15, 2022, at 23:59 CET. Please note that your referees also must submit their letters of recommendation by May 15, 23.59 CET. Therefore, we recommend that you nominate your referees directly after registration in our online portal. Please note that you will only be able to submit your application after at least one of your referees has uploaded a letter of recommendation!

What can I do if I have not received my final certificate by the application deadline?

If you have not graduated or received your certificates and final transcripts by May 15, please upload your preliminary transcripts. You can hand in your final certificate and transcripts later. Please note that you should have completed your studies and received your certificate by September 15.

Do I need to include both my Bachelor’s and my Master’s degree grades?

Yes, please add a new item to the “Education” section in our online portal for each degree. Please also upload the certificates and transcripts of all your degrees.

Do I need to provide a proof of English language proficiency?

No, such proof is not required. However, if you would like to include your English language certificate, you can upload it as an optional additional document.

Do I need to find a potential supervisor before applying?

No, neither do you need to find a supervisor nor are you expected to contact faculty members before applying. You should check our website for an overview of the faculty members who are recruiting Ph.D. students in the current application round (Recruiting Faculty). In our online application form, you can select four faculty members for your lab rotations. In the section “Scientific interests” you can elaborate on your choice.

May I contact the faculty members directly?

We kindly ask you to refrain from contacting the faculty members directly. If you have any research-related questions, please address them to our Coordination Office. Our Program Coordinator will answer or forward your questions.


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