How to Apply
Get an Account
Sign up to Online Application System
Create an account for our Online Application System. The link to the system will be shown on this page throughout the opening period. You will receive access to the system immediately. Please note that our Online Application System is the only way to apply for PhD positions in our program! We cannot accept applications outside of that system.
Complete Registration Forms
Personal Information | Referees
In the 1st part of our Online Application you’ll need to give personal and contact information and contact details of two referees. We recommend you register early and contact your referees well in advance to grant your referees sufficient time for submitting their recommendation.
Your referees will be invited via email to submit an online recommendation. You will be informed on a submitted recommendation but will not see the recommendation itself.
Complete Application Forms
Education | Research Experience | Research Interests
After submission of your registration you’ll get immediate access to the 2nd part of our online application, the actual application forms:
- CV (educational and professional activities)
- Research experience, expertise, awards
- Research interests and preferences
- Document upload (e.g. university certificates, transcripts of marks, and – recommended but not mandatory – TOEFL or IELTS results, GRE examination results; for ongoing studies, please provide the latest transcript, respectively a temporary confirmation of the results obtained so far.)
- If necessary: contact data for up to two additional referees
You can save, revise, and edit the data at any time until the application deadline or until you submitted your application.
Submit Your Online Application
Be Aware of the Application Deadline!
Once you’ve completed all the application forms and we have received at least two reference letters (you will be notified about submitted references) you will be able to submit your application.
Wait for Evaluation Results
Multilevel Evaluation Process
In a multilevel evaluation process we assess the applicants’ general eligibility and research experience. These steps are carried out by the program administration and internal experts of the respective research field.
Qualified applications proceed to video interviews.
Admission Panel Interviews via Video Conference
Applications passing the first assessment steps will be invited for interviews with an Admission Panel via a video conference. They will present a brief chalk talk of a research project (generally the Master thesis) which will be followed by a Q&A session.
Passing the Admission Panel is a necessary step to be eligible for invitation to the Interview Week in Dresden.
Interview Week (currently virtual)
Admission Committee and Group Leader Interviews
Candidates who have passed the admission panel interviews and are shortlisted by participating faculty will be invited to our interview week which is currently being held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You will meet group leaders and learn about research projects. In order to get to know the groups, our PhD students, as well as the other candidates, there will be prepared presentations, a dedicated website, a chat room, and activities organised by our students.
Invitations are sent approximately 4–5 weeks before the interview week.
Offers and Start of Thesis Work for Successful Candidates
Offers of admission to join the DIGS-BB within the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) are made by the end of the interview week. Admission is granted by the Dean based on the results of the Admission Committee and the group leader interviews. In general, offers include the affiliation to a defined research group.
The individual starting date will be agreed on with the primary supervisor. For the Spring Selection, the latest starting date is 1 October of the year of admission. For the Fall Selection, the latest starting date is 1 March of the year following the year of admission.
PhD Spring Selection 2021
28 December 2020 23:59 CET (GMT+1)
7 January 2021 23:59 CET (GMT+1)
video interviews with admission committee:
15–19 February 2021
interview week (virtual):
22–26 March 2021