Application for a funded doctoral position

Overall process

The KIT Graduate School Computational and Data Science (KCDS) performs an annual candidate selection process. Suitable candidates are selected in a three-step-process: (1) the written application, (2) a virtual one-day selection event for short-listed applicants and (3) matching projects and candidates.

The spring 2024 application round is called off. We will announce new application rounds here.

Evaluation criteria for the candidates are an excellent academic record and a strong motivation for the interdisciplinary nature of the projects that are bridging mathematical sciences and an applied SEE discipline (science, economic and engineering).

KIT is committed to increasing the percentage of female scientists and encouraging female applicants to apply.

Application procedure

The written application has two steps:

1) Apply online using the online application system (link will be announced here)

Please ensure to include ALL of the following documents for a complete application via the online application system. Please note that failing to do so will substantially delay the processing of your application.
- The completed Scientific profile form (document will be downloadable here)
- CV
- Motivation statement (max. 500 words)
- All academic records including Master transcript of records, Bachelor certificate and transcript of records and High School Certificate. Please also include official English translation of Master and Bachelor transcripts. - If you have already received your Master certificate, you should also include it, but it's possible to hand it in later (by the start of your doctoral phase).

2) In addition, have two referees submit reference letters using the reference letter form (document will be downloadable here).


We are looking for excellent graduates holding master degrees, received by the start of their doctoral studies at the latest, in mathematics or the SEE disciplines (natural sciences, engineering, economics), who have sufficient proficiency in mathematics and are interested in joint research that revolves around computational methods such as mathematical models, simulation methods and data science techniques.

As an international research school, we require our doctoral researchers to have good writing and oral communication skills in English (German is optional).


All positions are funded according to the description of doctoral projects, which will be posted here.

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