Application and Enrolment
The following points provide an overview of the different phases of the degree.
In the first section you can find all relevant information on the application procedure and enrolment. If you come across any questions that are not (or insufficiently) covered in this text, please let us know.
For information on the foci of research, current projects, and contact details, please go to the individual departmental websites:
- Departments of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology
- Departments of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
The confirmation of supervision is required for your application. It is also possible to agree upon a "conditional confirmation of supervision" instead, which only comes into full effect once you have secured funding (usually a scholarship) for your project.
- A photocopy of your passport
- A tabular Curriculum vitae
- If applicable, evidence of your proficiency in German or English:
Applicants whose native language is not English are asked to submit a proof of proficiency in English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, GRE Scores).
- Copies of your degree certificates:
Please upload a copy of your certificate(s) from (all of) the university (universities) you attended. Your certificates have to be in either English or German. If you have not yet finished your Master’s degree at the time of application, you can submit the certificate later. In addition, the examination office will need officially certified copies of your certificates. You can either submit the certified copies or bring the originals with you, which will then be copied and certified at the office.
Please note that certificates issued in Mongolia will only be accepted if they are accompanied by an APS certificate. Nigerian certificates have to be sent by airmail directly from your university’s registrar’s office in a sealed envelope to the following address:
Geschäftsstelle der Graduiertenschule
Forst- und Agrarwissenschaften (GFA)
- A preliminary draft of your research proposal:
Please note our guideline.
- Declaration according to § 6 (2) GFA doctoral regulations:
You can download the form here. Please fill it in, sign and upload it to the application portal.
You can submit your application through the online portal all year round. Before filling in the application, you should decide on the semester in which you would like to start and be admitted. We can only issue renewed admissions for later semesters in justified individual cases (e.g., delays due to visa issues). Please bear in mind that, in particular cases, processing your application may take up to three months.
Admissions to the PhD programme "Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology of Crops and Trees" go through the dean's office of the Faculty of Forest Sciences and are assessed by a different committee.
If you have questions concerning enrolment, semester fees, possible exemptions, and the like, please contact the service and counselling facilities of the Office of Student Affairs.
If you are still enrolled in the master's programme at the University of Göttingen, you can easily change to the PhD programme without a new enrolment. There will not be any additional costs. For this transfer you need the document "Application for change of course of studies (subject change)", which you can find at the pdf-download section of the Office of Student Affairs' websites. Please hand in the filled in document to the Office of Student Affairs.
Current event dates can be found at the introductory event webpage.
Those members on your thesis committee who are authorised examiners will automatically be on your examination board. The examination board comprises at least three authorised examiners. If there are only two authorised examiners on your thesis committee, you will have to nominate another member for your examination board who is authorised to examine. If you are not sure whether a member on your thesis committee holds the authorisation to examine, please remember to clarify their status well in advance of your scheduled examination date: Applications to be granted examination authorisation restricted to your doctoral process (Einzelprüfungsberechtigung) may be quite time consuming for everyone involved.