Application to HGS MathComp and associated GKs

Heidelberg Graduate School HGS MathComp

There are four ways to apply. Please select the way best suited for your interests and submit your application through the appropriate webform.

1) You do mathematical and/or computational modeling as a major part of your PhD project at Heidelberg University? Then membership in HGS MathComp is a good choice for you! Become a member of a structured PhD program that aims at supplying quality education for young researchers of all faculties.

2) You plan your PhD at Heidelberg University within the area of Scientific Computing? Then an application to our scholarship program is an option. We offer several lines of scholarship programs (see below). The scholarship sum is 1468 Euro per month (tax free; duration: 36 months). All doctoral students are integrated into the education program of the Graduate School.

3) Apply as a candidate to the structured PhD program and search for a possible supervisor (PI). The administration of HGS MathComp offers the students' data to selected principal investigators to initiate a contact between student and supervisor. 

4) Apply as member of the associated Research Training Groups GK 1653 (  Register)

Application to the faculty (to be accepted as a doctoral student) and to the graduate school (for membership and/or scholarship) are two different processes! Usually students apply to the graduate school first and after acceptance by the school and a supervisor start their PhD project with the faculty.

  Link to faculty information page


1) Membership



After you have completed the form, the HGS office will contact you to coordinate the application process. Application deadlines are four times per year:

  • January 1st
  • April 1st (upcoming deadline)
  • July 1st
  • October 1st

Your interview incl. presentation will usually be scheduled within four weeks of the next application deadline.

Important: If you do not have a preliminary agreement with a principal investigator of HGS MathComp to be accepted as a doctoral student, you cannot use this registration form.

2) Application Fall 2017


The coordinators of HGS MathComp have opened a call for PhD positions. The call is for funding of a 3-year research period for PhD students. Positions will follow TVL E13 (50% to 75% position) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) through HGS MathComp.



Application to our PhD program is through the contact with one of our main supervisors. All   research groups of IWR are allowed to submit applications in cooperation with foreign and local students (see line 1 & 2 below). Applications without the consent/support by a full member (professors, junior group leader) of IWR will not be considered.


Funding Lines

Line 4 focusses on the cooperation with European universities and research institutions. Selection criteria are:

  • internationality of candidate & project
  • Innovative aspects of the research proposal
  • interdisciplinarity of the project 

The interdisciplinarity of the project is also the main admission criterion for the selection committee meeting (Oct 2017 in Heidelberg - candidates will be invited individually)


Time line for applications

Publication of the call:     Aug 25th 2017

Deadline for application:  Oct 9th 2017 (23:59:59 CET)

Selection meeting:       Oct 23rd 2017

Start of scholarships:      Nov/Dec 2017 or Jan 2018


Remark: All pre-selected candidates will be invited to attend the selection committee meeting. Please make sure to be free to travel for this meeting. Personal attendance at the meeting is mandatory.

3) Candidate Pool



The HGS MathComp offers the possibility to apply as a candidate to the structured PhD program. Please submit your

  • personal data,
  • grades,
  • CV
  • fields of interest

After the application to the candidate pool, HGS MathComp offers the students' data to selected principal investigators to initiate a contact between student and supervisor. In case of a match in interests and project plans the supervisor will guide the candidate to apply for membership in the graduate school and to start a PhD project. Candidates are deleted from the candidate pool six months after the application.