GSSP PhD Call 2021

Supported by the Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Abbe School of Photonics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena is offering

2 Phd Scholarships in Photonics

starting in 2021. Each GSSP PhD scholarship includes:

  • a scholarship installment of currently 1.200 EUR per month,
  • an annual travel allowance,
  • payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover,
  • a preliminary German language course at the start of the scholarship,
  • 36 months duration, possible extension for another 12 months.

GSSP eligibility criteria

  • GSSP PhD candidates must hold or be about to obtain a Master degree in Physics, Chemistry or a related field with sufficient exposure to photonics. The Master degree must be not older than 6 years.
  • GSSP PhD candidates must be of non-German nationality and must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months prior to the nomination.

Important note: Even if you do not fulfill one or several of these eligibility criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply! We are regularly offering a large pool of currently more than 10 PhD topics with different options to engage you – see


How to submit your application?

Please apply via the Online Application System of the Abbe School of Photonics. The application deadline is January 3, 2021. The following documents will requested during the online application procedure:

  • Transcripts of Records (ToRs) displaying the explicit marks of all completed courses within your Bachelor and Master studies. If available, a description with the explicit content of the courses will support your application.
  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV). Please list all stages of your education in chronological order. The CV must contain a clear statement about your current status and/or occupation including information on current employments, unemployment, or parental leave. Any prizes, scholarship, extraordinary social, cultural or sportive activities may also be part of your CV.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A proof of English knowledge certifying suitable proficiency of the English language to perform a PhD in photonics in an internationalized environment.
  • A letter of motivation (1 to 2 pages in length and to be typed). It should describe your personal background, interests and reasons for applying to this scholarship. In there, please include a clear statement on your preference(s) of up to three of the below offered PhD projects and/or your preferred supervisors.
  • The supply of further documents, such as e.g. two support letters from referees of the home university are recommended, but not mandatory at this preliminary stage.

GSSP PhD topics 2021

Please have a close look at the detailed Phd project descriptions here. 

Application procedure

  • January 3, 2021: Abbe School of Photonics application deadline
  • 02/2021: pre-selection announcement of the Abbe School of Photonics
  • 05/2021: official candidate nomination by the DAAD
  • 08/2021: approximate start of DAAD German language course in Germany
  • 10/2021: approximate start of the PhD research work at the Abbe School of Photonics in Jena, Germany

In your application, please make sure to inculde a clear statement on your preference(s) of up to three of these PhD projects and/or your preferred supervisors. Any questions concerning the PhD projects should be directed to the respective supervisor. Technical questions concerning the application procedure should be directed to .