Application & Scholarships

If you are interested in registering for the Cognitive Science PhD Programme you are welcome to send your application.

Academic requirements

Master's degree (or equivalent) in Cognitive Science or a sub-discipline is required. This must include at least basic qualifications in at least two of the following disciplines: artificial intelligence, biology, computer science, (computational) linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, or psychology. (For details see the admission regulations .)

Dissertation proposal

We recommend that you do not send a worked out dissertation proposal with your initial application but only a short description of one or two topics you are interested in. Subsequently we will put you in contact with one of the principal investigators of the programme who will develop a full dissertation proposal with you interactively.

Application documents

  • application form (download doc-version or pdf-version)
  • all documents as required in the application form (educational certificates etc.)
  • curriculum vitae
  • papers published or submitted for publication
  • previous theses (Bachelor, Master, etc.)
  • names and addresses of two referees

Please send an electronic version of these documents to Marion Schmitz (). Officially authenticated photocopies of certificates will be required on admission.


The application deadlines for the start in the winter semester will be 1st April every year. Late applications may be accepted if there are still open places in the programme.

Study fees

There are no study fees for PhD students but only an administration fee of appr. 260 € per semester. Students have to provide proof of health insurance upon registration.

Grants / Scholarships

Please note that there are currently no grants or scholarships available within the Programme. Applicants for the PhD Programme therefore have to find their financial support individually.
The DAAD website for PhD students may be helpful, also the DAAD scholarship database .
There is also the option that applicants write directly to a professor they see as their prospective PhD supervisor and discuss grant options with that professor.

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