At a glance

Expected program duration
3.5 years

Students admitted per year
c. 20-30

Language of instruction

Admission status

Applications for 2020

Applications for 2021

Applications for 2022
Will open in spring 2021


Internal scholarship applicants
23:59 CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
August 31st, annually

External funding applicants
Review time for applications
takes up to three months


BIGS-DR coordination team
Dr. Günther Manske
Max Voit


Academic qualification

We require an excellent master's or equivalent degree (GPA higher than 3.0 in the American system, or a grade higher than 2.0 in the German system or equivalent).

Your last academic degree should have been obtained relatively recently prior to application. This guarantees the competitiveness of your application. A gap between your previous academic degree and your application to BIGS-DR means that you should demonstrate how you have maintained your academic rigor (e.g. a longer and current list of publications).

FAQ about academic qualifications

Is there an age limit to apply?

There is no age limit in applying. However, your last academic degree should have been obtained recently. Applicants who were conferred a degree several years ago will need to demonstrate a level of research aptitude by including a recent list of publications.

Do I need a master's degree to apply?

Yes, our program only admits students with a completed (or near completed) master's degree and thesis.

I have a completed a one year master's program. Am I eligible to apply?

Applicants who have finished a one year master's degree are also eligible under the condition that they have written a master's thesis.

I am in my final semester of my Master's. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, students who are in their final semester of their master's study are also eligible to apply. In this case, you may submit your degree certificate once it has been conferred. In the meantime, you will need to provide us with copies of your most recent transcripts or written proof of the courses and scores that you have taken thus far.

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