Application requirements

Scientific entrance level for doctoral students

Applicants should have – or are about to obtain – a master degree, diploma or an equivalent degree in Natural Sciences or related fields. In general, students hold a degree in physics, chemistry or bioscience. This includes a written thesis, an written or oral test and two years of advanced course work. Degree certificates from non-german universities will have to be approved by the admissions office. Applicants should have a strong interest in the iRTG research program centered on the topic “Polymers: Random coils and beyond” and in cross-disciplinary projects.

Language skills

Very good command of the English language in reading and writing is mandatory, knowledge of the German language is recommended and helpful, but not mandatory.

The command in English can be proven by:

  • English mother tongue
  • TOEFL/IELTS certificate
  • Grade in English (German Abitur)


The application includes the email address of two referees willing to write a letter of recommendation, of which one is your supervisor or mentor of your master thesis.
Please do not provide a letter of recommendation.

Application form

The pdf application form includes all necessary information for the successful selection process. You will have to directly supply or upload information on the project you are interested in, your motivation, the CV, your present scientific achievements, skills and qualifications, which are all essential for the selection process.

Required documents (scanned copies)

  • copy of the certificate for general qualification for university entrance (e.g. Abitur, High School)
  • transcript/ record of study and degree certificate of bachelor degree
  • transcript/ record of study and degree certificate of master degree
  • TOEFL/IELTS for German/English non-native speakers

Optional documents (scanned copies)

  • other certificates of proficiency in English
  • prices, awards, scholarships
  • portrait picture

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