Application Procedure & Required Documents

Link to DRS Application Platform


Once registered, please fill out the online application and upload all required documents. Please note that as part of the application you need to ask your prospective advisor to nominate two external experts (not from Freie Universität Berlin) to review your application.

Due to the international compositon of the peer review and the interview panels, the application form has to be filled out in English and the interviews will take place in English.

Data to be entered online:
  • Personal data
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic Profile
  • Proposed Research Project (working title and abstract)
  • Time Schedule
Documents to be uploaded:
  • Project proposal (max. of 5 A4 pages) including the following points:
- Summary of no more than one page
- Context, scientific questions and objectives of your research project
- Current state of research and most relevant literature
- Theoretical framework and research methods
- Bibliography/ References
  • Proof of submission of the doctoral thesis
  • or proof of defense of the doctoral thesis
  • MA/ MSc or equivalent certificate/ certified translation
  • BA / BSc or equivalent certificate/ certified translation
  • List of publications, presentations, prizes and awards
  • Letter of reference provided by supervisor of the doctoral thesis evaluating
    a) the candidate's academic performance, and
    b) the quality of the doctoral project