The formal prerequisite for application to the programme is a master’s degree in one of the disciplines represented at the Graduate School (see List of PIs), with ranking, where applicable, of above average (or German Magister or Diplom, with a grade of "very good"). Candidates are expected to submit an outline of the proposed dissertation project (maximum 6 pages, with a summary of no more than half a page), to include a short description of the topic, its relevance to the field, and its theoretical and methodological orientation, as well as a preliminary work schedule.
As English will be the primary language of communication, students are expected to have advanced English-language proficiency. In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) relevant to their projects. It is assumed that language skills can be improved during the course of the doctoral programme.
The application package must include the following documents:
a completed application form;
an outline of the dissertation project (no more than six pages, with a half-page summary);
a curriculum vitae;
two letters of recommendation (to be directly conveyed by the referee by email);
certified copies of degrees received;
proof of proficiency in English in the form of an ETS TOEFL certificate (minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, and 100 for the internet-based test); a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (any grade); a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (grade A or B); or an IELTS test (level 7.0); (native speakers of English or applicants who have graduated from an English speaking university in a country with English as an official language are exempt from this verification)
evidence of proficiency in the major source or field language(s) relevant to the dissertation project.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic qualifications and the relevance of the proposed dissertation project to the research programme of the Graduate School. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. Interviews may be conducted via Skype or telephone. All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible.