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Berlin Mathematical School PhD program: Scholarships available

The Berlin Mathematical School is a joint endeavor of the mathematics’ departments at the universities in Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.

They offer an excellent doctoral program taught in English in a broad and active research environment together with mentoring programs, language courses, soft-skills seminars, funding for summer schools and conferences, a buddy program and funding for students with children. Committed to equality and diversity.

Their eight areas are:

1. Differential geometry, global analysis, and mathematical physics

2. Algebraic and arithmetic geometry, number theory

3. Stochastics and mathematical finance

4. Discrete mathematics and optimization

5. Geometry, topology, and visualization

6. Numerical analysis and scientific computing

7. Applied analysis and differential equations

8. Mathematics of data science

Admission to Phase I: possible with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

Admission to Phase II: possible with a Master’s degree or equivalent

You can apply at:


Application Deadlines

Admission (scholarships available): 1 December 2018

Admission (limited number of scholarships available): 1 April 2019

LMU Munich Research Fellowships Program

LMU Munich invites applicants from early-stage postdoctoral researchers from all fields of research who have recently completed their doctoral degree. The program gives successful candidates the opportunity to carry out an independent research project with the support of an LMU professor and enhances their career development by fostering the training and mobility of fellows. The University offers ten Incoming LMU Research Fellowships to outstanding international junior academics. Fellows will receive an attractive salary and a substantial research budget.


The call for applications will open on 26 September 2018.

Closing date for applications is 28 November 2018.

Lara RoessigLMU Munich
Doctoral Grants at JFKI’s Graduate School of North American Studies

Applications for doctoral grants (funded by the German Research Foundation or DAAD-Graduate School Scholarship Program) for the academic year 2019 can now be submitted via the website of JFKI’s Graduate School of North American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin).

The John F. Kennedy Institute is renowned for its innovative interdisciplinary research and excellent study programs. The six disciplines brought together at the institute, the numerous scholarships and exchange programs which it sponsors in addition to its world class research library create a unique academic environment. The graduate program offers individualized supervision and provides research opportunities in American/Canadian research institutes, archives and libraries.

The deadline for applications is November 30, 2018, to submit an application please follow this link.

FUBiS Term I 2019 - Registration open

Registration for the FUBiS summer Term I (January 5, 2019 - January 25, 2019) is now open.

FUBiS offers international students the chance to participate in an intensive academic program that runs for 3 to 6 weeks, both in summer and in winter. Students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions.

FUBiS offers subject classes and German language classes for learners from all levels of proficiency. Most classes are held in English by distinguished German and international faculty. It is FUBiS' mission to provide international students with a premier study abroad program delivering the highest academic quality and furthering the development of intercultural competence.

For further information check out the course catalog or head straight to the registration website for Term I 2019.

IRTG 914 - The Graduate Program of SFB914

Studying the signals that navigate leukocytes within the vascular system and between different compartments on the cellular and molecular level is the main focus of the Collaborative Research Center SFB 914 “Trafficking of Immune Cells in Inflammation, Development and Disease”. This requires a broad methodological spectrum ranging from molecular and cellular biology tools and physiological in vivo approaches to complex bio-imaging applications.

To carry out the demanding and interdisciplinary research within the SFB 914, talented and well-trained young students are essential. Therefore, the training program (Integrated Research Training Group, IRTG) for PhD as well as MD students within this initiative is an important component of the SFB 914.

Students receive a structured training program consisting of

  • advanced methodological courses with a major focus on bio-imaging tools,
  • basic principle seminars with an emphasis on leukocyte trafficking,
  • soft skill seminars on communication skills and scientific writing, and
  • scientific education with lecture series, annual retreats, and an international summer school.

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
Graduate School of Life Science Munich

The Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), founded in 2009, offers an international doctoral program in life sciences covering areas of Anthropology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Systematics and Zoology to outstanding motivated and qualified researchers. The program is taught entirely in English and provides comprehensive scientific training in one of Europe's top ranking universities. The members of the Graduate School are part of the Faculty of Biology and the Faculty of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacy of the Ludwig-Maximilans-Universität München (LMU). The faculties are ranked among the top biology and biochemistry educational institutions in Germany.

As of 2018, the application to the Graduate School LSM will no longer be annually but rather open all year round!

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Katja SimonsLMU Munich
BMS Call for Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship

The Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) invites applications for the Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship starting in the spring 2019. This two-year position (subject to availability of funds) is open to promising young mathematicians who will have completed their PhD degree by 28 February 2019 and want to pursue their own research in one of the eight research areas of mathematics offered by the Berlin Mathematical School. The competitive full-time salary includes health insurance. Fellows are expected to teach one course per semester, typically in English at the graduate level. Applications from well-qualified individuals, especially women, are highly encouraged.

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