At a glance

Program duration
3-4 years

Students admitted per year
c. 20-30



DAAD-scholarship applicants
August 31st, annually

Other applicants
August 1st, annually



Dr. Silke Tönsjost
Max Voit


How to apply

Documents to prepare

All applicants have to prepare several pdf-documents before applying online. Here is the checklist:

Checklist for your application


Do you want to apply for a DAAD- scholarship?

Please find all additional details, requirements and forms here:

Next intake is October 2023


Do you have a scholarship already?

Next intake is October 2022.


All applicants have to apply here:

 Application portal of the University of Bonn.


Entry requirements

All applicants require an excellent master's degree, an innovative Research Proposal and English proficiency. 

The Research Proposal should describe an innovative research topic and include your main research questions, stress the innovative part, the proposed methods and add literature references. Your Research Proposal should relate to ZEF's research areas in a broad sense. The selection committee will assess all research statements on the basis of originality, analytical rigor, and relevance.

DAAD-applicants must fulfill several additional criteria: