International Doctorate Programme European Urban Studies

Application Information and Procedure to the IPP-EU Program

Admission Requirements

At least a good Master`s degree (M.A., M.Sc.) or equivalent from a recognised university in a subject related to spatial research as well as a very good previous academic performance are required for admission to the doctorate programme. Candidates must be proficient in English, and German is strongly recommended. 


Application closing date: 

January 31st, 2020


Submitting the Application

Applications for admission should be submitted through the online application tool of the university. Upon final immatriculation with the university, originals or certified copies must be provided.


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. Following this dual process, applicants may receive confirmation of acceptance.

Start of Programme

The programme begins on October 1st, 2020. Intensive language courses are available at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar in August and September.



We would like to point out that the Institute of European Urban Studies does not supply scholarships. Here you can find more information on scholarships.

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 2020/21 and fund research for 3-4 years. Please refer to the information at the bottom of this page and the information on the DAAD application process


Application Documents

The following documents are required for application:  

  1. Application Form:  Fill in our online application form with all required documents. After submitting it online, you will be notified by the program coordinator.

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Letter of Motivation (one page)

  4. Research Proposal (Exposé): A detailed description (ca. 5 pages) of your intended research should outline the topic of your doctoral dissertation and your research methods. It should reflect on the state of the art research in the field you are interested in. Be sure to specifically point out possible field research abroad that will be required for your research. Finally, a bibliography of books and research articles, which are most relevant for your topic, should be attached to the exposé. You can download a form for the research proposal here.

  5. Certificates and Transcripts: The application must include an officially authenticated copy of the student's university entrance qualification. Complete and official certificates and transcripts of all previous college or university study must be submitted. Official transcripts should either be submitted as an original document or the submitted copies should be officially certified. All documents must be provided in the original language. Documents in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by officially certified translations into English (or German). Official certifications can be carried out by a notary public, the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country, and the institutions that originally issued the document. The certificates and transcripts should include the grade point average, the grades received in each subject each year, the number of weeks and the number of hours per week that each subject was studied.

  6. Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from academic mentors of your home university. You can download a form of the letter of recommendation under this link.

  7. Language Skills: Applicants who are not native speakers must prove/document their proficiency in the English language:

- 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
Exceptions are possible in the case of a successful completion of an English-speaking degree programme in the past.

Applicants who are not German native speakers are strongly advised to improve their proficiency in German (TestDAF Stufe 4, "Zentrale Mittelstufenprüfung" offered by the Goethe-Institute or comparable certificate) 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.

Applicants from China
If you are accepted to the doctorate programme, you need to have your application material (certificates etc.) checked by the Akademische Prüfstelle (APS) prior to immatriculation.

Deutsche Botschaft
Akademische Prüfstelle
8 North Dongsanhuan Road
Chaoyang District
100004 Beijing
Fon: +86 (0)10 - 6590 7138
Fax: +86 (0)10 - 6590 7140[at]



Graduate School Scholarship Programme

Graduate School Scholarship Programme: DAAD Scholarships for foreign doctorate students

The Graduate School Scholarship Programme allows selected international doctorate programmes to nominate two international 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 2019 and 2020.

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 2020.

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 1.200 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”.