Internationales Promotionsprogramm Europäische Urbanistik (IPP-EU)

Application Information and Procedure

General Admission Requirements
At least a good Master`s degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a subject related to spatial research, as well as a very good previous academic record are required for admission to the doctorate programme. Candidates must be proficient in English or German. 

A pre-selection for the programme will be made by an admission committee on the basis of the application documents. In addition, personal interviews (possible via internet) are part of the admission process.

In the context of the DAAD „Graduate School Scholarship Programme“, two applicants will be nominated for DAAD scholarships for foreign doctorate students. The scholarships will begin in the Winter Semester 2017/18 and fund research for 3-4 years. More information below.

Application closing date
December 2017/January 2018 - exact date will be announced in the Fall 2017

Start of the Programme 
The programme begins on 1. October, 2018. Intensive language courses are available at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in August and September.

Submitting the Application 
Applications for admission should be submitted in paper form to this address:

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Professur Sozialwissenschaftliche Stadtforschung
International Doctorate Programme European Urban Studies
Belvederer Allee 4
99425 Weimar

Applications or documents of application submitted by e-mail can be accepted as an exception - please contact the programme coordinator.  

Application Documents

The following documents are required for application (unstapled and no data media such as CDs or disks, no folders): 

Application Form
Fill in the online application form first. After submitting the form online, print it out and submit a signed copy together with the other application documents in paper form.

Curriculum Vitae

Letter of Motivation
Describe (ca. one page) your motivation to participate in the doctorate programme, and in particular, your interest in one of the four research concentrations of the programme.  

Research Proposal 
(including one-page abstract and research schedule)
A detailed description (ca. 5-10 pages) of your intended research should outline the topic of your doctoral dissertation and your research methods. It should be made clear how the research relates to the research field of the programme. Also, applicants are advised to specify to which of the four sub-fields they would like to focus their research in. Further, the proposal should reflect on the current state of research in your field. A bibliography of books and research articles most relevant for your topic should be attached to the exposé. 
The one-page abstract should summarize the most important aspects of your proposal. 
Finally, please also outline a realistic schedule for the proposed research. 

Certificates / translated documents
Certified copies of:
- School leaving certificate (college, GSEC etc.) qualifying for admission to higher education in your own country
- certificates of annual examinations taken at the home university (transcripts of records)
- certificates of any academic degrees or advanced qualifications showing grades and explaining the home grades’ system (description of a grade scale)
(For French-speaking countries: License or Maitrise with Assez-Bien along with a DEA/DESS degree or a Master’s degree according to the LMD system)

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation from university professors from your home university, issued during the last two years. Please use this form.

Proof of Language Skills

Applicants who are not native speakers must prove/document their proficiency in the English language. Exceptions are possible in the case of the successful completion of an English-speaking degree programme in the past.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
550 (paper-based)/213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) 
more about the TOEFL test:
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, level C
- IELTS Band 6.0 
more about the IELTS test:
- UNIcert Stufe 3
- or other comparable certificates

Applicants who are not German native speakers are strongly advised to improve their proficiency in German to take full advantage of the programme.

Intensive language workshops and semester courses are offered in Weimar for those applicants whose English or German has not quite reached the required level of proficiency.

Graduate School Scholarship Programme

DAAD Scholarships for foreign doctorate students

The Graduate School Scholarship Programme allows selected doctorate programmes to nominate two scholarship recipients in an academic year. The International Doctorate Programme European Urban Studies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar has been selected to participate in this programme in 2017 and 2018.

The nominated scholarship recipients will receive the scholarship directly from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Candidates are eligible for the DAAD Scholarship if they fulfil the following criteria:

- a very good academic profile
- at least a Master's degree or 'Diplom' is completed by the start date of the scholarship
- at the time of nomination, candidates cannot have stayed in Germany longer than 15 months
- the last academic degree must have been completed no longer than six years ago
- travel outside of Germany during the period of scholarship funding must constitute less than 25% of the entire funding period.

Please send your application to the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar according to the guidelines on our website. 

If you are nominated for the DAAD scholarship, there is a two-step procedure: 1. The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar will officially nominate you and 2. You will be requested to fill out an online application and send in application documents to the DAAD. We will inform you in more detail about this procedure if you are nominated.

Potential scholarship nominees will be informed at the end of March 2018.

Duration and Amount
The scholarship is generally provided for three years. In exceptional cases (decided upon by the DAAD regional programme director), the scholarship can be extended to four years. Following each year, continued funding is dependent on positive reports by the scholarship holder and the supporting doctorate programme representatives.

The scholarship provided by the DAAD includes the following financial support:

- a monthly scholarship, currently 1.000 Euro
- a travel stipend (amount depends on country of residence)
- insurance
- research and study assistance (for materials, books)
- in special cases, family assistance
- language course

More detailed information regarding financial provisions of the scholarship can be found on the website under “Country Information”.