Program Overview

Expected program duration
3,5 years

Students admitted per year
c. 20-30

Language of instruction

Entry Requirements

All applicants require

  • an excellent master's degree,
  • an innovative Research Concept,
  • and English proficiency,
  • secured source of funding
    (see details).

For the details see FAQ.


DAAD- EPOS applicants
August 31st, 11:59 p.m. CEST, annually
for a start in October of the following year

Applicants with secured funding
May 1st, 11:59 p.m. CEST annually
for a start in October of the same year

DAAD EPOS scholarship

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a limited number of EPOS- scholarships to excellent applicants from selected countries to BIGS-DR. Details on eligibility and application documents for an EPOS- scholarship can be found here.

Selection and Admission

At ZEF, we select the most promising candidates through a rigorous admissions process: After reviewing applications, selected candidates participate in online interviews where we assess their research potential, communication skills, and thematic alignment with our expertise. Final selection is based on interview performance, the quality of the research concept, and alignment with our ZEF-Professor's profiles, who serve as main supervisors. The review of DAAD EPOS applications is usually completed in October. The final decision is being announced by DAAD in December. The course program starts in the following year in October.



Dr. Silke Tönsjost
(Academic Coordinator)
+49 (0)228 / 73-1794

Max Voit
+49 (0)228 / 73-1727

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