Admission as a Doctoral Candidate

The doctoral regulations have changed on April 1, 2018. Should you wish to change to the new regulations (only possible BEFORE submission of the written thesis), please write an non-formal letter to the Dean's Office.

Please not that you should apply for acceptance as doctoral student of the Faculty of Biology latest upon the start of your practical work for your dissertation.According to § 34 of the Hochschulgesetz Rheinland-Pfalz it is compulsory to register as doctoral student at JGU.

New process for the registration and application for acceptance as doctoral student:

Every person who wishes to apply for acceptance as doctoral student at the Faculty of Biology will need to register online first.

Should you have received your degree certificates outside of Germany, you will additionally need to apply for the regocnition of your certificates at the International Office before registering online!

In the online registration form you will be required to provide the title of your dissertation as well as the name(s) of your supervisor and co-supervisor. The name and compliance of the co-supervisor is needed upon registration if your supervisor does not belong to the Faculty of Biology or if he or she is not coopted at the Faculty of Biology. Please note that co-supervisors currently either need to be a professor at the Faculty of Biology or need to have finished their "Habilitation". The co-supervisor will then be the main examiner for your dissertation.

Afterwards the registration form as well as the supervision agreement (download see right column) must be printed and signed by you as well as your supervisor and co-supervisor. Together with all other required documents (degree certificates, recognition of your foreign degree certificates) needed, the signed form can be handed in at the dean's office during the opening times given on our website.

If you fulfill all prerequsites for the acceptance as doctoral student at the Faculty of Biology, the dean's office will provide a letter of acceptance ("Annahmebescheid"). The date of this letter is also your official start date of your dissertation. Upon issuing this letter the registration process is completed.

Should you additionally plan to enrol as doctoral student at JGU (to receive further benefits, e.g. "Semesterticket", voting rights in group 2), you can indicate this during the online registration process. If this is the case, the dean's office will forward your documents to the "Studierendensekretariat". They will then contact you for all further steps. Please note that you will need to pay a "Semesterbeitrag" twice a year according to the fee regulations of JGU then.

Your registration as doctoral student of JGU ends if you complete your dissertation with the final exam, choose to end your dissertation work, leave the JGU or if the supervison is not guaranteed anymore.

Doctoral students who have already been accepted by the Faculty of Biology and have not finshed their dissertation will also be asked to register online. We ask for your cooperation, as JGU is required by law to register all current doctoral students.