Applications can be submitted via our online application platform (see link below). Applications by e-mail, postal mail or
other methods will not be considered. Due to our virus and spam protection measures, we will not open/read e-mail attachments.
Server traffic tends to be quite heavy before the closing date. Therefore,
early application is recommended.
Brief Technical Guide for Online Submissions: In a first step, a registration form must
be filled out. You will then automatically obtain a confirmation and a login account on our server to complete the application with
file uploads in the second step. This file upload procedure can take place in several sessions, but we prefer that the number of
submitted files is small. Ideally, everything is sent in one MS Word or pdf file, e.g. with jpeg images of certificates included.
If your system does not allow to upload all data in one large package, then please try to keep the number of files
still small, and submit them in several sessions. The allowed file formats are pdf, MS Word, and jpeg. Other file formats are not supported
and might cause rejection of your application, because the data can not be evaluated.
The maximum total file size for uploads is 6 MB. Please scan your certificates with sufficient resolution, but do
not exaggerate. Black&White images take considerably less disk space than color or grey scale.
A resolution between 75-200 dpi is usually fine. Please try to keep the size of jpeg files below 200 kB, if possible. We recommend that you print your scanned images
before starting the upload process, and check the quality. With your login account, you will be able
to control the quality and correctness of your uploaded files on our system. There is a possibility to delete files
and upload new data, before you declare that everything is complete. Our online system also allows you to check the
status of your application through the entire selection process.
Requirements and Things To Do:
Applicants must hold a Master, Diploma or equivalent degree
in chemistry (or in a related field such as physics, biology ...) and
should not be older than 28 years. Good functional knowledge of the English
language is a mandatory prerequisite since the program is offered in this
Knowledge of German is not essential for admission. The full program is
offered in English language. For living in Germany, basic knowledge
of the language is recommended to be developed by foreign students,
at least after arrival. To this end, a German course
is offered in the course of study. Nevertheless, it is helpful, if you attend courses in
German language before arrival, perhaps at one of the worldwide locations
In your application, please state
the general scientific research area of possible doctoral work, including
a list of 13 potential research group leaders from the GSC-MS faculty roster with
whom you would like to carry out your PhD research. The research profile
of the GSC-MS faculty members can be obtained from the internet (see link
"people"). It is not necessary to contact the faculty directly. However, you
should visit the homepages of these professors to check the research areas before
entering our online application system below. A direct application with one of
our professors is not possible for this particular program.
Only applications are considered which are entered in our online system.
For due consideration the following materials must be submitted:
A statement of purpose
detailing your motivation for PhD study, your research interests
and professional goals (must be in English);
a curriculum vitae (must be in English);
graduate and undergraduate transcripts
detailing your academic background, and
accomplishments (M.Sc./Diploma certificate, marks obtained
If final M.Sc./Diploma certificate has not been issued yet,
then send provisional transcripts, marksheets, or any other
academic accomplishments. Then, in your application letter,
indicate the anticipated
date of issue of the final document. Please include certificates
of special awards, tests
and other documents indicating special achievements, if
a list of 13 faculty
members as potential research mentors; please provide specific reasoning
for this selection (in English).
Only complete applications will be further considered for the selection
All application materials will be kept strictly confidential, and are
only made available to the selection committee.
APPLICATION DEADLINE for the next term was February 28, 2013.
New applications for 2014 will be accepted probably in October 2013.
Submitting an application:
Online Application (secure https, allows for encrypted data transfer)