Application for acceptance as doctoral researcher

You may now apply for acceptance as a doctoral researcher. Your application will be considered by the Doctoral Committee.

Your application must include details of the following:

  • Research focus of your doctoral studies (Sociology, Political Science, Didactics of Social Sciences)
  • Your dissertation supervisor
  • Declaration of Consent signed by your supervisor
  • Declaration on whether previous doctoral examination procedures were unsuccessful
  • Supervision Agreement signed by applicant and supervisor

Only applications completed in full can be accepted.

Application checklist:

  • Application form completed in full
  • Copies of all final higher education certificates and transcripts
  • Copy of your original academic record with details of your grades
  • If your original transcript, your original certificate and/or your academic record is/are not in English or German, please include an English or German translation.
  • If the higher education qualification was awarded by a foreign higher education institution (see Doctoral Regulations § 3(4)), you must apply for the qualification to be checked using the form which can also be found on the web page indicated above.
  • Description of your dissertation project (exposé) in paper form as well as in electronic form by email.

Possible Doctoral Committee decisions and further procedure:

With regard to your application for acceptance as a doctoral researcher, the Doctoral Committee may:

  • Approve it
  • Approve it subject to specific conditions
  • Issue provisional acceptance for 1 year
  • Defer it


Dates and deadlines:

The following deadlines apply for the submission of applications: 15 January, 15 March, 15 June,  and 15 September each year.

The applicant is generally notified whether he or she has been accepted or not within 2 weeks after the committee has met.