Frequently asked questions
Here you can find some answers of the most asked questions.
If you have have a question that is not listed below, don't hesitate to contact us.
Applications are accepted at any time.
In case transcripts and other required document are not written in English or German, a translation of these documents will be obligatory.
You don't need your MSc degree certificate at the time of application, we only require your latest transcript and the thesis’ abstract. However, by the time you start your doctoral/PhD studies, you must have completed all studies and exams, and be able to provide official, written evidence of this. If the final certificate has not been issued at this point, a letter from the program office or director of studies will suffice.
Yes, this is possible.
You may apply without publications.
The latter is correct, please give the names of the referees in the respective boxes in the portal. Inform the referees about your application and ask them to follow the instructions at the link that will be send to them.
The professors will as well receive an email on the day of application.
The referees must submit the reference within two weeks.
Confirmation letters will be sent out to the applicant upon submission of the reference, but it may occur that the references have not been submitted.
No, you will not receive a reminder, but as soon as a referee has submitted a reference, you will be informed that the professor has uploaded a reference on your behalf.
Yes, this is possible.
You may state up to three preferred research groups out of the IMPRS-RECHARGE members in the application form. Possible choices will be shown during the online application process.
You may apply without contacting one of the professors beforehand to your application.
The latter is correct. Applicants may state up to three research group preferences in the application form. The names of participating professors are given in the online questionnaire.
English native speakers can apply to the program without a proof of English proficiency.
IMPRS-RECHARGE does not require a test of English language proficiency. We prefer to check communication skills during the interview. However, for international applicants whose mother-tongue is not English or German it could be beneficial for the application to provide some proof of language proficiency.
Please note that a test of English language proficiency may be required at the time of enrolment at the university.
The students accepted to the 3-year-doctoral-program receive a salary, are funded by third parties or by a stipendium.
The financial aid is sufficient to cover the costs for housing, living and health care in Germany.
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