Friday, November 11, 2011

PhD scholarships available in Berlin

The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg)


funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the three Berlin
Universities will offer


for Ph.D. studies starting October 2012 or earlier.

The MDS program covers topics at the interface between algorithms,
combinatorics, geometry, probability, and optimization. The MDS faculty
consists of Susanne Albers, Helmut Alt, Friedrich Eisenbrand, Stefan Felsner,
Martin Groetschel, Martin Grohe, Rolf Moehring, Guenter Rote, Martin Skutella,
Tibor Szabo, and Guenter Ziegler.

The scholarships are 1468 EUR (tax-free) per month - according to DFG
rules. They are usually granted as 2-year fellowships, extendible by a
third year.

The MDS course program consists of the Monday Afternoon Colloquium
lectures, block courses, summer schools, regular predoc programs, etc. -
all this in a very lively Berlin discrete mathematics context, which
also includes the DFG Research Center MATHEON (

The RTG "Methods for Discrete Structures" is also a registered unit for
(, the joint international graduate program of
the three major Berlin universities - which has a lot to offer! Students
of the MDS program may apply to be members of the BERLIN MATHEMATICAL

Applicants for Ph.D. scholarships are expected to have a
Diploma/Master's degree or equivalent, usually in Mathematics or
Computer Science. Applications for scholarships starting in 2012
consisting of

- letter of application
- curriculum vitae
- Diplom/masters' thesis
- proposal for possible thesis topic
- recommendation letter by thesis advisor
(to be sent directly to us)

should be directed to

Prof. Dr. Martin Skutella, Coordinator
RTG "Methods for Discrete Structures"
Inst. Mathematics, MA 5-2
TU Berlin
D-10623 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49 - 30 - 314-78654 / -28641
Fax: +49 - 30 - 314-25191

The faculty will start to look at applications in January 2012.
Applications by email are welcome. If you have applied to BERLIN
MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL Phase II, then please just inform us about this -
there is no need to submit your materials again.