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. 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 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.
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.
One-to-One Interviews with Group Leaders
Find your Hosting Group
Candidates who successfully passed the Admission Panel are in principle eligible to join the program and can proceed to one-to-one interviews with group leaders. These candidates will have up to six months to identify a hosting group for their PhD thesis work.
For a deeper insight into the research projects on offer, the campus, as well as life in Dresden, you will get access to a dedicated website and a virtual chat room with the PhD Office and DIGS-BB Student Representatives.
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.