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The BIG-NSE is an international Graduate School founded on May 29 2007 at the Technische Universitaet Berlin (TUB). The School is part of the Cluster "Unified Concepts in Catalysis" (UniCat: see founded by the TUB and five other Institutions in the Berlin area within the framework of the "Excellence Initiative" of the German Government. The high-ranking research in catalysis covers a broad range of topics from natural sciences to engineering. The success of this research programme, which is unique in Germany, requires highly qualified and motivated young researchers in the different projects. With the founding of BIG-NSE, UniCat aims to recruit the most gifted students and young researchers in the world and offer them a broad, high level structured educational programme in order to prepare them for the high-ranking research performed at the cluster.

The latest deadline for application submission was January 15 2014 (the next one is January 15 2015). If you are interested in obtaining your PhD within the BIG-NSE, do not hesitate to send us your application documents a few months before the next deadline, using our online application portal.


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Tuesday 15. of April 2014 3rd BIG-NSE graduation ceremony on June 6

Recently finished PhD BIG-NSE students receive their BIG-NSE graduation certificate!

Wednesday 19. of March 2014 New student delegates elected to the BIG-NSE board!



On Friday last week (March 14, 2014), two new PhD student delegates have been elected to represent the BIG-NSE students at the BIG-NSE Board:


- Nils Lindenmeier (batch WS13), as first delegate

- Mikaela Görlin (batch...

Wednesday 19. of March 2014 Visit of a group of Pakistanese students at BIG-NSE/UniCat


On Thursday March 6, a group of 11 Master and PhD students from the Comsats Inst. of Information Technology of Abbottabad in Pakistan, visited several UniCat labs. The group was led by Dr. Jamshed Iqbal, associate Professor at...

Monday 03. of March 2014 Two BIG-NSE PhD students help young students (11th class) from the Romain-Rolland-Gymnasium in Berlin-Reinickendorf win first prizes at the annual scientific "Jugend forscht" competition!



On Wednesday February 12 2014, the best research projects submitted within the youth research competition "Jugend forscht" (youth researches) were crowned. Two projects supported by two of our BIG-NSE students, Mikaela Görlin...

Monday 17. of February 2014 New PhD days in March, May and June 2014

The next PhD evaluation seminars for the running PhDs (batches WS10, WS11 and WS12) will take place on:


- Friday March 7 (schedule here)


- Friday May 16 (schedule here)


- Friday May 23 (schedule here)


- Friday June...

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