Application

To apply, please get directly in touch with the potential supervising professor or the Dean of the Department, as you and your supervisor will determine the topic and conditions of your doctoral dissertation. Applications may be sent (via email or ordinary mail) and should include:

  1.  A CV containing no gaps
  2.  A motivation letter
  3. A short description of your research topic (approx. 2 - 5 pages1 ; your topic should be in line with research interests of your potential supervisor)
  4. Copies of your higher education certificates (Bachelor, Master) and university examinations taken (information of recognition of foreign degrees may be found on: anabin.de)
  5. If necessary, evidence of proficiency in German or English (this depends on the individual doctoral regulation)

If the professor is willing to supervise you, they will get in touch with you. You will need an acceptance letter from your supervising professor, sample of which may be found here.


Doctoral positions are usually not automatically linked to a scholarship or a work contract. Thus, in most cases, you need to apply for funding separately. Doctoral positions that are linked to an employment contract are posted here [en].

For international doctoral candidates scholarships are often available from outside the university. Information on these scholarships and on the requirements for applying for them is provided by a database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Have a look at the database well in advance as the scholarship calls are usually only once per year for a start in the following year. As a rule, to be eligible for a scholarship you should have not resided in Germany for more than 15 months and you should have not graduated longer than six years before the application deadline.

1 Depending on the discipline (e.g. Political Science & Communication Science: 15 pages)