Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Before the doctoral studies


Doing a PhD in Adlershof

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers ideal conditions and framework for a doctorate:

  • All subjects of the five departments (chemistry, geography, computer science, mathematics and physics) have a high scientific reputation in Germany and abroad.
  • There are close links between the departments and individual research groups in terms of content and structure, such as jointly funded Collaborative Research Centers and Research Training Groups, Integrative Research Institutes, cluster initiatives and bridge professorships.
  • The location of the faculty in the Science and Technology Park Berlin-Adlershof offers excellent conditions for cooperation with non-university research institutions and industry.
  • The faculty is characterized by close networking with non-university research institutes in the surrounding area and in the entire Berlin-Brandenburg scientific region - including, among others, the The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), the Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), the Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS), and the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB).


For a PhD at our faculty you have the following possibilities of funding and institutional affiliation:

  • You are doing your PhD as a researcher at the university or a non-university research institution.
  • You do your doctorate in a structured doctoral program.
  • You are doing your doctorate individually in close cooperation with your supervisor.


Do you still have questions about doctoral studies in general or about doctoral studies at our faculty? Then please contact us for a consultation!


First steps to a doctorate

Step 1: Supervision and Funding

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  • If you would like to pursue a doctoral degree with our faculty, you must first find a supervisor and secure funding.
  • Supervision

  • Funding

Step 2: Admission to doctoral studies

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  • Once the supervision and funding for your doctorate has been determined, you can submit your application for admission to the doctoral office.

    Application for admission
    Notes on the admission process
  • Enrollment or registration
    If you have been admitted to the doctoral studies, please contact the Enrollment office for PhD students with your admission letter in order to enroll or register (if you are employed at HU).

    The Enrollment office for PhD students provides the necessary forms and a FAQ for this purpose.