GSSP DAAD Call 2020

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 2020. 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 PhD topics with different options to engage you.




Submission of applications

Please apply via the Online Application System of the Abbe School of Photonics. The application deadline is January 5, 2020. 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 four of the below offered PhD projects and/or your preferred supervisor(s).
  • 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 2020

  • A1 – Plasmon-assisted sensitivity enhancement for spectroscopy, supervised by Dr. Christin David in the research group of Prof. Ulf Peschel
  • B1 – Deciphering the mechanism of cytotoxicity of metal-containing drugs for photodynamics therapy, supervised by Prof. Benjamin Dietzek
  • B2 – Effect of mirror charges on the ultrafast dynamics of molecules at interfaces, supervised by Prof. Benjamin Dietzek
  • B3 – Electrode-electrolyte interactions in organic batteries, supervised by Prof. Benjamin Dietzek
  • C1 – Non-linear structured illumination microscopy with reconstruction accounting for blinking, supervised by Prof. Rainer Heintzmann
  • D1 – Quantum light sources for entangled photon pairs, supervised by Prof. Thomas Pertsch
  • D2 – Control and characterization of the optical nearfield by next-generation nearfield optical microscopy, supervised by Prof. Thomas Pertsch
  • D3 – Spatiotemporal dynamics of nano-scale light-matter interactions in metasurfaces and atomic membranes, supervised by Prof. Thomas Pertsch
  • E1 – Ultrafast optical spectroscopy of layered heterostructures, supervised by Jun. Prof. Giancarlo Soavi
  • F1 – Plasmon-enhanced generation of multiple excitons in semiconductor heteronanostructures for light-driven hydrogen generation, supervised by Dr. Maria Wächtler in the research group of Prof. Benjamin Dietzek

Please download and review the detailed project descriptions here.

Application procedure and further timeline

  • January 5, 2020: Abbe School of Photonics application deadline
  • 02/2020: pre-selection announcement of the Abbe School of Photonics
  • 05/2020: official candidate nomination by the DAAD
  • 08/2020: approximate start of DAAD German language course in Germany
  • 10/2020: approximate start of the PhD research work at the Abbe School of Photonics in Jena, Germany

For more information, please check our websites Any questions concerning the PhD projects should be directed to the respective supervisor. Technical questions concerning the application procedure should be directed to .