At a glance

Expected program duration
3.5 years

Students admitted per year
c. 20-30

Language of instruction

Admission status

Applications for 2022


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

External funding applicants
23:59 CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
August 1st, annually

Review time for applications
takes up to three months


Dr. Silke Tönsjost
Max Voit


English proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency. The following documents may be submitted as proof of eligibility:

  • IELTS Academic (minimum band score of 6)
  • TOEFL iBT (minimum of 80 points)
  • Other English language certification tests (CPE, CAE)

At the discretion of the BIGS-DR team, applicants who have completed their tertiary studies in English may have the English proficiency requirement waived, if evidence can be provided that all courses were conducted entirely in English. The language of instruction should be stated on the transcript of records for degrees earned with English as the language of intruction at universities in non-English speaking countries. Alternatively, applicants may also request a letter from their university directly that attests to the medium of instruction. The letter should be part of the application file in lieu of the language certificate.

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