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


Prepare your application documents


The required documents should be assembled in the correct order in a single PDF file. The PDF file should not exceed 20MB (for help reducing file sizes, please see the following PDFMerge application and how-to-guide).

File name

The PDF file should be named: [your registration number]_[your first and last name]. For example, if your registration number is 123 and your name is John Doe, your PDF file should be named: 123_John Doe


Once you have prepared your PDF file, it should be emailed to bigs-dr[at] as an attachment. Please keep the following information in mind before you email your application:

  • Our entire process is digital. We do not accept any hardcopies by post or fax.
  • PDF files should be an email attachment. We do not accept links to file sharing sites, .zip, .rar, or any other file formats.
  • Remove all password protections from the PDF.
  • All applications should be submitted in English or with English translations.
  • Please only submit your application once. Our email sever may block email addresses that appear to be spamming.
  • We confirm the reception of all application documents. If you have not heard from us within two weeks, please inform us immediately. We are not responsible for any application lost due to technical problems.

Next step: Letters of recommendation