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Spring Selection 2019

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closes 6 December 2018

Admission Procedure


Request an account for accessing our online application and make sure to use an email address that is valid throughout the application process. Follow the instructions given in the online application form. Briefly, the application consists of two parts:

1st part: Registration

Registration requires personal information and contact details of two referees whom we will invite to complete an online recommendation form. We expect that your referees are well in position to judge your research performance, and strongly recommend that you name your thesis supervisor as referee.

Before submitting your referees’ details, make sure that they are willing and available to provide their recommendation within the given deadline. We encourage to register early to grant your referees sufficient time for submitting their recommendation. Information submitted with the registration cannot be changed, however, additional referees can be added up to the registration deadline.

We acknowledge successful registration and receipt of each online recommendation via email. Please contact your referees directly for clarification if you don’t receive our confirmation in good time.

2nd part: Application

Following registration you will be granted immediate access to the application form. Make sure that you provide complete information and up-loads of required documents (University certificates and transcripts of marks/record of study), GRE examination and TOEFL/IELTS results if available.

After completion of the online application form, you will be able to generate a pdf file of your application. Please use this function to ensure the legibility of uploaded documents. Save a copy of your application for your reference before submitting the application.

You will be able to submit your application once we received two online recommendations until the application deadline. Successful submission of your application will be confirmed by email.

Evaluation of applications

Eligible applications will proceed to evaluation. The first evaluation takes into account the applicants’ national education system, and is carried out by internal experts of the respective educational system. Qualified applications are recommended to DIPP faculty members for further assessment. They jointly short-list the candidates to be invited for the interview week in Dresden. Invitations are sent approximately 4 weeks before the interview week.

The interview week in Dresden

The Monday of the interview week is reserved for arrival, a welcome by the program officials, followed by group leaders’ presentations and an applicants’ poster session. On Tuesday, each candidate conducts a 30 minutes interview with the Admission Committees. These interviews cover general knowledge questions according to the applicant’s scientific discipline and a paper discussion. Proficiency in standard textbook knowledge is expected. Candidates who pass the Admission Committees are in general eligible to be admitted to the DIPP. Wednesday and Thursday are reserved for interviews with group leaders, lab visits and informal discussions with lab members. Concluding interviews with the Deans and the Admission Committee members are scheduled for Friday morning. Full details of the interview week will be sent to invited candidates only.

Offers of admission

Offers of admission to the Dresden International PhD Program are made by the end of the interview week. Admission is granted by the Deans based on the results of the Admission Committee and the group leader interviews. In general, offers include the affiliation to a scientific track and to a defined research group.

Starting your PhD thesis work

The individual starting date will be agreed on with the primary supervisor. For the spring selection, the latest starting date is October 1st of the year of admission. For the fall selection, the latest starting date is March 1st of the year following the year of admission.

For any questions, please contact us.