"Logo"The NHR Graduate School of the NHR Alliance awards up to nine PhD scholarships a year to doctoral students from all over the world. If you have a master‘s degree in computer science, mathematics, the natural or engineering sciences or an equivalent degree and are interested in High Performance Computing, this fellowship provides the perfect opportunity to pursue a PhD at one of our NHR Centers.

All NHR Centers are affiliated with German universities which are internationally recognized in the fields of high-performance computing, numerical simulation and AI/ML. The thematic fields offered by each of the NHR Centers for the next application round are available here.

When is the next application deadline?

Applications for our next cohort can be submitted up to and including September 30, 2023. Funding starts on April 1, 2024.
Even if the scholarship starts later, the funding ends on March 31 of the respective year.

  Application deadline Start of funding End of funding
  September 15, 2022 April 1, 2023 March 31, 2026
>> September 30, 2023 April 1, 2024 March 31, 2027   <<
  September 15, 2024 April 1, 2025 March 31, 2028

    What you receive?

    • The schoolarship is awarded for a maximum period of 36 months

    • PhD students receive 2,200 EUR per month
      Note: Social insurance is not included!

    • Supervision by internationally renowned researchers

    • Six months of research outside the chosen focus at another NHR Center (secondment)

    • Additional offers such as soft skills seminars and mentoring programs


    Who can apply?

    The NHR Alliance stands for equal opportunities. For this reason, we encourage applicants of all genders and backgrounds to apply for a PhD scholarship at NHR. 

    • Students who have successfully completed a master's degree program in the fields of computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering or a comparable field by December 31, 2023.
    • All applicants must meet the admission requirements for doctoral studies at the desired NHR Center.
    • Additional acceptance requirements may be specified in the subject-specific doctoral regulations. Only the information in the respective valid version of the corresponding doctoral regulations of the universities is binding.


    How can I apply?

    The following documents are required for your application:
    Please note that only complete received applications can be included in the selection of a PhD scholarship.

    Required Documents Details
    1. Application Form Please fill in the application form.
    2. Letter of Motivation The letter of motivation should have a length of 1-2 pages and should describe your academic and professional plans, as well as your motivation and scientific interests.
    3. Curriculum Vitae Your CV should have a max. length of two pages and list the details of your education to date, together with your personal academic history, including academic credentials, publications, contributions or other significant achievements.
    4. Research Statement The research statement should comprise at least one page but at most two pages. Here you should provide a specific focus on your future dissertation and explain the underlying research project.
    While you should be familiar with the research work of potential supervisors, prior contact with our faculty members is not required. Please explain in your statement which center might be suitable for you. If you name more than one preferred supervising center, please provide a ranking.
    5. Academic / University Transcripts You must provide an official transcript of your degree or proof of an equivalent degree. If your transcripts are not in English or German, an official translation is required.
    6. Proof of Proficiency in English If you have completed your formal education at a school, college or university and have successfully completed English as a subject, you can submit an official certificate or a letter from the institution confirming this. This is sufficient as proof of your English knowledge.

    If this is not the case, you must provide an official proof of your English proficiency in the form of one of the tests listed below:

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Internetbased Test (iBT) minimum score of 79

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum score 6,5 in the academic test

    C2 Proficiency / CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency) or C1 Advanced / CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced): minimum score 180 / Grade C.
    7. Letter of Recommendation Your recommender must be a faculty member, a professor, or an university teacher who knows you well and can vouch for your academic abilities. 
    Note: We do not accept letters of recommendations submitted by the applicants themselves and the instructions for recommenders have to be followed!


    How can I submit?

    • Please merge all required documents (from 1. to 6.) in one PDF file and send your application via email to
    • The respective recommender has to send the letter of recommendation (7.) directly to the above mentioned email address.
    • In both cases, use the reference: <Application NHR Graduate School 2024>.
      The file size should not exceed 10 MB.


    Provided Files

    Application FormInstructions for Recommenders, Funding Guidelines, Research Fields