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The “Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering” (BIG-NSE), which is now part of the "Einstein Centre for Catalysis" (EC2), is offering seven three-year scholarships/positions for a PhD in Berlin in the field of Catalysis. The next deadline for application is January 15, 2021.


The entry requirements for EC2/BIG-NSE are:

  • A Master‘s degree or German Diploma in chemistry, biology, physics or engineering.
  • A Certificate of English Proficiency (TOEFL with a minimum of 550 - paper-based version -, or equivalent) for applicants whose native language is neither English nor German.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

More details about the required application documents here.


EC2/BIG-NSE offers a structured curricu­lum for obtaining the degree of “Doctor” within 3 years. The main characteristic of the EC2/BIG-NSE is a comprehensive integration and mentoring programme for its students, espe­cially foreign students. It includes:

  • An “Initial Phase”, with intensive support, especially for administrative and integration aspects
  • Preparation of a schedule by the students themselves during the first semester
  • Continuous supervision by at least two professors/senior scientists
  • Regular evaluation of the students’ work/study achievements
  • Continuous support for all professional and social aspects
  • Regular lectures presented by renowned guest scientists from all over the world
  • Language and soft skill courses
  • Financial support for scientific and teaching materials

The Centre/School is part of the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Systems in Catalysis” (UniSysCat ) existing since November 2007 (previous name: UniCat) and by the TUB and further Institutions in the Berlin area within the fra­mework of the German government‘s “Excellence Initiative”.

The main research interest of UniSysCat, and therefore of EC2/BIG-NSE, is “Catalysis”, in a broad sense. The research fields involved cover a broad range of topics, from natural sciences to engineering. The faculty consists of internationally renowned professors and junior researchers from approximately 60 research groups at all participating institutions, who are be intensively involved in the supervision and mentoring of the EC2/BIG-NSE PhD students.

More information on the application process here.