Requirements and Eligibility

  • Applicants are required to hold or obtain within 6 months of the interview week a university degree equivalent to a MasterDegree (75% or German score of at least 'good', <2,5 of 5) including written research thesis
  • Applicants still studying should anticipate receiving their degree not later than 6 months after the interview date.
  • Graduates having completed their degree must upload with the application package a scanned copy of the certificate as well as transcript including marked coursework from universityStudents still enrolled in their undergraduate program must upload a provisional certificate stating the examination marks already obtained.
  • Applicants shall at the time of interview be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet been awarded a doctoral degree, according to the European Commission's definition of early-stage researchers.*
  • Please note that candidates who have previously been invited for interviews, will not be considered for further interview.
  • MDC Master students and MDC interns who have been working or registered at the MDC during the past 2 years longer than 3 months until the PhD interview week at MDC, are not eligible to apply to the international MDC Program. Instead, they are considered internal students and may apply for internal PhD fellowship positions. Short-term interns who have been working or registered at the MDC for less than 3 months until interview week are eligible to apply to the Int. PhD program if they apply to a different research group. Short-term interns who wish to join the research group they have been affiliated before are not eligible for the Int. PhD Program and are recommended to apply for an internal PhD fellowship position.

  • Language skillsApplicants need to have a good command of written and spoken English. German language skills are not required, but international students will be offered German language courses at the MDC. English proficiency tests for non-native spakers are recommended such as TOEFL test with a score of 95+ (internet-based), 240+ (computer-based) or 587+ (paper-based), IELTS certificate with a bandscore 7.0+, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE). 

Required documents
  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages).
  • Transcript (record of study including scores) AND degree certificate of Bachelor degree, Vordiplom or equivalent. Applications lacking marked transcripts cannot be further processed.
  • Transcripts (record of study including scores) AND degree certificate of Master degree, Diplom or equivalent in German or English. If you have not completed yet your Master's program, you have to provide temporary transcripts including scores. Applications lacking marked transcripts cannot be further processed.
  • Two letters of recommendation: Complete all the contact detail fields of 2 referees in the application portal and your referees will automatically receive a request for letter of recommendation. Please make sure that references arrive on time! References arriving after the reference deadline will not be processed and applications will be considered incomplete.
Recommended but not required documents

  • GRE will strongly support any application; for applicants from India we also accept GATE scores.
  • English proficiency test for non-native speakers.
  • Scholarships, prizes and awards.

Please submit all documents as PDF files (max of 3MB). Please submit a copy of the original document and the translation in English or German if available.