Print Page  

Information for Applicants

Eligibility Requirements

Information for Applicants
College/University degree
Generally, applicants must have completed all of the requirements for their MSc or Diplom degree in a relevant subject by the time they begin their PhD. They are welcome to apply while finishing their studies.
B.Sc. students graduating within the top 10% of their class from a German university with independent research experience may also be eligible.
In exceptional cases, graduates from international 4-year B.Sc. or B.Tech. programs with independent research experience may also be admitted. However, in these cases additional requirements (courses, seminars, exams or a research report) must be fulfilled.
Comparative evaluation of academic performance
Universities within the European Higher Education Area have agreed on mutually accepted standards for graduation. Therefore, no additional evidence of academic performance is required.
Applicants who do not hold a degree from a university within the European Higher Education Area must submit a GRE or GATE score. A copy of the official score report is sufficient for application. The official score report needs to be provided prior to the interview.
Both the GRE general test score as well as a relevant subject test score are accepted. Our GRE Institution Code is 4791. In general, successful applicants have scored above 152 (500 pre-2011) on the verbal test and above 155 (700 pre-2011) on the quantitative test. Find out more about the GRE here.
Applicants from India may provide a GATE score of a relevant specialization.
Language Qualifications
The program language is English. Applicants must demonstrate English written and oral communication skills during the application process. Test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English test or similar are not required but are looked upon favorably.

Application Schedule

The dates of our next formal application round have not yet been set. In the meantime, qualified applicants are invited to contact potential PhD advisors directly.

Application Procedure

Our application procedure consists of of three steps:
1. Screening of completed application packages
2. Telephone or video-conference interviews
3. Personal interviews at our institutes in Tuebingen
The application package consists of three components which must all be provided through our online application system:
1. Online application form
2. Certificates submitted as one pdf-file
3. References from two referees
You can register on our online application system once the application round has been opened. You will receive an email providing details of the application package and your personal log-in information. Using this log-in information, you can proceed with your application and check the status of your application at any time. 
Applications must be completed by the application deadline. Partially completed applications will be deleted and you will be given the opportunity to apply again in the following round.
If you have any questions, please contact the PhD Program Office by email.


After screening all applications and carrying out telephone or video-conference interviews, the selection committee will invite suitable candidates to personal interviews in Tübingen. The PhD Program will subsidise travel cost and provide free room and board for the interviews. Assistance with visa formalities will also be available. Shortly after the interviews, letters with offers of PhD positions will be sent out. 

Direct Application

If you have already selected a potential PhD advisor and fulfill the eligibility requirements, you are welcome to apply at any time directly to the faculty member of your choice by sending an email with your CV.