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PhD Positions

How to Apply

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Sign up to Online Application 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.

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

Submit Your Online Application

Everything complete? Then go!

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. Please  note that after submission you will not be able to change any of the given data anymore.

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. This process will take 4–8 weeks from the date of submission of your application.

Qualified applications proceed to admission panel video interviews.

Admission Panel Video Interviews

Interview with a Panel of Experts

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.

Interview Week in Dresden

Onsite interviews and discussions w/ group leaders

Candidates who have passed the admission panel interviews and are shortlisted by participating faculty will be invited to Dresden to meet group leaders and learn about research projects. The interview week will include a poster session, presentations – and leisure activities, too.

Invitations are sent approximately 4–5 weeks before the interview week.

Travel costs will be reimbursed and accommodation will be provided by us.


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 after a match between a candidate and a research group could be identified (after the one-to-one interviews). 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 and should be within half a year after the position has been offered.

PhD Spring Selection 2024

submit by
30 October 2023 23:59 CET (GMT+1)

video interviews with admission committee:
11–15 December 2023

For additional opportunities you might want to consider our partner program