Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will students receive a scholarship or not?
    > The students will receive a 3-year scholarship.
  • Does the financial aid for the research include accommodation and tuition fees as well?
    > The financial aid is sufficient to cover the costs for housing, living and health care in Germany.
  • When is the deadline to submit my application?
    > There is no deadline for applications.
  • I don't have my Master’s degree diploma yet, but I will graduate in the near future. Should I submit some kind of paperwork in replacement?
    > Please submit academic transcripts of the master’s program, and submit the certificate later.
  • There are many research groups, how can I choose the one I am interested in?
    > Please state your preferred supervisor(s) or research group(s) in your motivation letter.
  • I will take the TOEFL examination in future. Can I apply without a TOEFL?
    > English is the school language, but submission of a TOEFL certificate together with the application is not compulsory. However, we strongly encourage you to take a TOEFL examination in future, since English language certificates may be required for enrolment at the involved university.
  • Should I contact the professor of the respective research group before submitting the application?
    > It is not necessary to contact a professor in advance, but please list the ones you are most interested to work with.
  • Is it necessary to get acceptance from group leaders before applying?
    > No, this is not necessary.
  • Concerning the item  ‘Sketch of the Doctoral Research Project’ in the questionnaire – Is it enough to state my area of interest or do I have to discuss this with a group leader in advance?
    >  The area of interest is fine. There is no need to discuss it with a group leader in advance.
  • I am not sure what requirements #3 and #4 mean. Do I need to submit a copy of my diplomas from high school, university, and my master’s program?
    > Yes, please send copies of diplomas from high school, university, and master’s program.



Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Energy Conversion (CSCEC)

September 17th - 21th, 2017
NETZ, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Complexes

September 3rd - 9th, 2017
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Germany


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