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Graduate School Plant Sciences

Research Focus

The research groups involved in the Graduate School of Plant Sciences are integrated into national and international research programs. The range of topics covered reflects the diversity of the research groups present at the Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences (DCPS) and includes studies of how plants perceive biotic and abiotic stimuli, transmission of information within plants through hormones and other signal molecules, and how that information is translated in physiological reactions, genetic control of plant development, how plants interact with other organisms, plant relationships, and the evolution of traits and new plant species. Associated Project: SMART Rivers and their tidal systems

Sub-Programs of Plant Sciences:


Biochemistry of Plants, Biodiversity - Ecological Modelling, Bioinformatics, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Ecology of Animals, Ecology of Plants, Functional Biodiversity, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Molecular Ecology, Multitrophic Biodiversity, Plant Geography, Plant Physiology, Systematic Botany

Program Type and Funding

Doctoral candidates can finance their studies through various collaborative research centers (CRCs), priority programs, research units, networks, and individual grants program of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the European Union, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Volkswagen Foundation. Doctoral students also receive support from other sources, including Berlin Funding for Graduates (Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin).

Partner Institutions

Freie Universität Berlin; University of Potsdam; Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam; Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin


not limited, but depends on availability of funding

Start of Program

Any time

Application Deadline

Any time


German, English


Plant Sciences