At a glance

Expected program duration
3.5 years

Students admitted per year
c. 20-30

Language of instruction

Admission status

Applications for 2020
Currently open


Internal scholarship applicants
23:59 CEST (UTC/GMT +2)
August 31st, annually

External funding applicants
Deadlines vary


BIGS-DR coordination team
Dr. Günther Manske
Ms. Maike Retat-Amin


Letters of recommendation

We require two recommendation letters (or alternatively, two BIGS-DR reference forms) from your professors or supervisors. These must be emailed directly to bigs-dr[at] by your recommenders (i.e. separate from your application PDF file). Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline. To confirm the authenticity of recommendations and reference forms, we require the following:

  • Recommenders should send the documents through an official academic or professional email domain, or
  • Recommenders should stamp the documents with an official academic or professional seal, or
  • Letters of recommendation should be written on an official letterhead.

Our admission officers may request additional proof of authenticity from the recommenders.

Entry requirements: academic qualification