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


Prepare your application documents

File Type

We only accept documents submitted as PDF files. Please merge all application documents into one single PDF file.


The required documents should be assembled in the correct order in a single PDF file. The PDF file should not exceed 50MB (for help reducing file sizes, please see the following PDFMerge application and how-to-guide). When reducing the file size, please check that all information is still readable.

File name

The PDF file should be named: [your registration number]_[your first and last name]. For example, if your registration number is 123 and your name is John Doe, your PDF file should be named: 123_John Doe


Once you have prepared your PDF file, it should be uploaded to our application server as one PDF file. You will receive the link to upload your PDF application file after you have registered online along with your registration number. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Our entire process is digital. We do not accept any hard-copies by post or fax.
  • We do not accept application documents submitted via e-mail.
  • Remove all password protections from the PDF.
  • Our system only accepts PDF files.
  • A notification will appear under the drag-and-drop area once you have successfully uploaded your file. The notification will read "Uploaded file: 123_John Doe." (our example for an application file name - see above). Please avoid uploading your file more than once.
  • All applications should be submitted in English or with English translations. Copies of certificates and transcripts of records may be submitted in German, French and Spanish as well.
  • We confirm the reception of all application documents. If you have not heard from us within two weeks, please inform us immediately. We are not responsible for any application lost due to technical problems.

Next step: Recommendation letters