In the application form you will be asked to provide:

  •  your contact information
  •  your education (BSc, MSc)
  •  a summary of your MSc project (or of the last research project)
  •  a list of your research experiences
  •  a motivation letter
  •  work experience
  •  English proficiency
  •  the contact details of two academic referees
  •  mandatory (and recommended) documents


To complete your application, you need to upload the following MANDATORY documents:

  •  Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  •  transcripts/marksheets and certificates for your bachelor and master degree. The transcript is a record of your academic qualifications (containing the detailed program of the attended course with the corresponding grades) while the certificate is the final academic title. If you have still not completed your master degree (and therefore you do not have a master certificate) please indicate the date when you expect to finish your master studies. Both transcripts and certificates should be either in German or in English or translated into English. For the online application, non-certified translations are sufficient but remember that originals (or certified copies of the original) and the certified translations will be required for the formal final acceptance into the program.
  •  a motivation letter, in which you describe your scientific interests and explain why you are interested in joining our PhD program.
  •  a photo.

In addition, you can upload the following RECOMMENDED documents:

All documents uploaded should be in one of the following formats: pdf, jpg, jpeg, gif.

Letters of recommendation

Applicants should provide in the online application the contact details of two academic referees. Upon submission of the application, the referees will be automatically contacted via email and invited to upload a recommendation letter.
Very important: Please contact your referees prior to the submission of your application to make sure that they are willing to support your application.

Applications lacking the recommendation letters will not be processed. The deadline for the submission of the recommendation letters is a fews days after the application deadline (check the time line of the current selection).
Very important: It is your responsibility to make sure that the referees submit the recommendation letters on time.

What to do if one or both of your referees has not received our automatic request:
1) check whether you have spelt correctly the email of your referee
2) ask them to check their SPAM folder
3) contact us (at imprs@mpi-dortmund.mpg.de) and we can re-send the invitation mail.