FAQ



Which dregrees are recognized and can I apply before I receive my DEGREE?
Applicants are required to hold - or obtain within 6 months of interviews - a Masters degree, including a research project and a written thesis.

When can I START my PhD?
Students have to start their research project within 6 months of the interviews in Berlin. 

Does the program have language requirements and what is the program LANGUAGE?
The program language is English throughout. Proficiency in English is a must. For your application, an English test is recommended but not mandatory.

Where and when can I APPLY?
Applications are accepted through the Online Application Portal only. 

Which INFORMATION has to be submitted with the application?
You will submit information on education, research skills and interest, a letter of motivation and contacts of 2 referees. In the document section you are asked to upload a CV, university transcripts and certificates (certification is not necessary at this point) and if applicable the certificate of an English language test. English language tests, GRE, etc are not mandatory but strengthen your application.

What happens after submission?
Applications are pre-viewed and PIs will short-list candidates for interviews in Berlin. Invitations will be sent 4 weeks after the application deadline.

What happens during INTERVIEW WEEK?
Interviews and final assessment in Berlin include a short presentation of your major undergraduate research project and research interests, project presentations of research groups, personal interviews with your groups of interest, and lab visits. 

Will interview COSTS be covered?
All costs during interview week including travel expenses, visa and accommodation will be covered by the program.

When do I know whether I have been accepted to the program?
Accpetance letters are sent within 1 week of the interviews.

Is there support for new doctoral students in BERLIN?
The Welcome Center supports all students upon arriving in their first steps moving to Berlin.

How am I PAID?
PhD students receive a work contract according to the German public system E13 TVöD or TV-L  (dependent on the affiliation of your primary supervisor) including health and social insurance and pension scheme. The initial contract is for 3 years and the net salary amounts to about 2500 Euro per month.