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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, 2017 (the next one, will be January 15, 2018). 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.

Latest News


Nice interviews of two BIG-NSE students

Rhea (batch WS2016) and Min Ha (batch WS2015) talk about their experience at UniCat and BIG-NSE[more]


Special report on UniCat and BIG-NSE in the TU journal "TU intern"

Two full pages about BIG-NSE and its students![more]


10th anniversary BIG-NSE celebration on July 14, 2017

BIG-NSE celebrates its 10 years of existence with a series of talks by alumni, a panel discussion with alumni and a graduation ceremony. [more]


BIG-NSE retreat on June 15-16

BIG-NSE students report on the progress of their PhD during the retreat at Hotel Döllnsee, Schorfheide. [more]


BIG-NSE UniCat colloquium on Tuesday June 14

Hugh Kearns from Flinders University, South Australia, talks about "The Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Researchers and Research Students"[more]


10th BIG-NSE workshop on Friday January 6, 2017

New batch PhD students present the work plan of their future PhD[more]


9th BIG-NSE workshop on coming Friday January 8, 2016!

New batch PhD students present the work plan of their future PhD[more]

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