Application Process

Our spring call 2024 is closed. We will accept applications again from mid-November for the September 2025 program start.

Currently, we recruit new PhD students for our annual program start on September 15 in two calls each year, one starting in spring and the other one starting in fall. We only accept applications submitted via our online portal. During our Admission Colloquia in early March and late June, respectively, about 30 applicants hold presentations on their research experience and are interviewed by our faculty members. Notifications about the final decisions are sent out shortly after the Admission Colloquium.

If you would like to apply, please follow these steps.

  1. Please make sure that you are eligible to apply before you register for the application process. 

  2. Register for our online application.

  3. Fill in the application form and submit the required documents (see below). 

  4. Submit the contact details of two referees who will be notified automatically about how and by when to submit their reference. Please be aware that they will have less time the later you submit their contact details.

  5. Choose your top four preferred research groups. You find a list of recruiting group leaders here.

  6.  Submit your application before the deadline.

Please note: You can save your application in our online portal and return later to complete it. Once you submit it, it can no longer be changed.

Required Documents

Please submit the following documents in one PDF file with your application:

- Transcripts and Certificates for all completed degrees

- Preliminary transcripts for degrees that are not yet completed

All required documents have to be submitted in German or English (translation from other languages by a certified translator).


Optional Documents

If available, please submit the following documents in one PDF file:

- Proof of English language skills

- Certificates of scholarships, awards, or prizes  


Admission Colloquium

Druing the admission colloquium, candidates will give presentations on their research experience and will be interviewed by several faculty members.

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