Application Procedure

Additional Requirements for the Specific Call for PhD scholarship applications:

-> Applicants for the Specific Call follow the same requirements as described below for an Open Call application, except:

Application deadline is May 31, 2023, to be sent via email (all application documents in one pdf file) to the ifgi secretariat, Please indicate in the subject line of your email a. "PhD scholarship application" and b. the targeted professor meant to supervise.

As for application and selection procedures, please see the respective sub-section of this website with its specific additions for the call for PhD scholarship applications.


Essential criteria for applications: 

  • MSc degree in geoinformatics or a discipline related (As an exception for this specific call for scholarships, the MSc degree has to be achieved “only” at latest at one of the two starting dates)
  • experience in performing spatial analyses
  • competency in formulating and solving research problems
  • fluency in spoken and written English
  • as for further formal requirement, see application procedures


Desirable criteria for applications: 

  • good abstract reasoning skills
  • experience in programming/scripting
  • excellent communication skills
  • experience in working in an interdisciplinary team


Requirements for Open Call applications:

Applications must be submitted via E-Mail to the targeted supervisor any time (no deadline). Applicants must provide the following documents in ONE PDF-Document as an attachment to this E-Mail:

  1. A written statement of both general interest in the programme in particular interest in research position (maximum 2000 characters).
  2. A short dissertation proposal, (up to two pages) addressing a topic in one of the research areas.
  3. A European format CV (see template), including social and multi-cultural competencies.
  4. Degree certificates (Bachelor, Master, or other), including certified transcripts of grades
  5. Certificate of English language proficiency, TOEFL 550 paper-based or equivalent (e.g., IELTS Academics 6.5; a previous Bachelors or Masters program entirely taught in English (to be documented); or English as mother tongue).
  6. Publications (where applicable).
  7. Other relevant qualifications (where applicable).
  8. Please provide in an additional document contact details of three referees, whom we could contact regarding your professional/academic background and skills
    • name
    • affiliation
    • position
    • eMail address
    • telephone number
  9. Proof of nationality including portrait photo.

All documents must be provided in either German or English language, along with certified translations of all official documents. For the E-Mail submission only digital versions are required. In case of being invited to a personal interview, original paper versions will have to be provided at the interview.


Before submitting your application to the Graduate School, please carefully consider the following questions.

  1. Does your application address the call? If dissertation topics are mentioned in the call, have you specifically addressed one of those topics?
  2. Does your proposal clearly emphasise a problem statement, research questions or challenges, and ideas for methods?
  3. Is your motivation letter specific to this graduate school and to your potential advisor?