Where do I have to send my application? > Applications can only be submitted via the online application portal on the IMPRS-RECHARGE homepage.
When is the last date of application submission for the PhD position offered? > Applications are accepted all year round.
I have successfully completed the application form but I am unable to submit the form. Each time I submit, I will receive an error message. > Maybe there is a problem with your uploaded documents. MAC users’ pdf files should end with .pdf
Do my referees have to send recommendation letters or have I just to list their names in the application? > The referees will be contacted automatically
One of my referees sent the recommendation letter but I have not received any confirmation letter from you. I wonder if you have received the letter or not? > Confirmation letters will be sent out to the applicant upon submission of the reference; most likely the reference has not been submitted yet.
How many days after submitting the application will my Professor whose email I provided in my application receive an email from you? > The professors will receive an email from us on the day of your application.
What if my professor forgets to respond to your email, do I get an email to remind him? > No. But as soon as a professor has submitted a reference, you will receive a notification that a reference has been submitted.
Can the references be engineering managers/directors at work rather than professors? > Yes, this is possible.
What about the host supervisor? Does the program need host supervisor? > You may state up to three preferred research groups out of the IMPRS-RECHARGE members. Possible choices will be shown during the online application process.
Should I contact the professor of my preferred research group before submitting the application? > It is not necessary to contact a professor in advance to your application.
Can I find the research group for my PhD program by myself in Germany or will I join the groups you provide? > You can state your research group preference in the application form. Names of participating professors are given.
Do you need translated transcripts or other documents? > In case transcripts and other required document are not written in English or German, a translation of these documents will be necessary.
Do I need a proof of English proficiency when my mother tongue is English language and the mode of academic instruction is in English in all my programs? > English native speakers can apply to the program without a proof of English proficiency.
I am a Non-EU student and I do not have TOEFL, TSE or Cambridge certificate. Am I still eligible to apply for above mentioned program? > 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.
Will students receive a scholarship? > All students accepted to our 3-year-doctoral-program will receive a salary and not a scholarship.
Does the financial aid for the research include accommodation and tuition fee as well or only for research? > The financial aid is sufficient to cover the costs for housing, living and health care in Germany.
I don't have my Master diploma yet, but I will graduate in the near future. Should I submit some kind of paperwork in replacement? > An abstract of the Master's thesis and the names and contact details of the thesis’ supervisors are suitable for this.
I am currently finishing my master's degree, but I have no publications yet. Am I still eligible to apply for the doctoral program? > You may apply without publications.