GSSP PhD Scholarships in Germany

The Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP) at the Abbe School of Photonics, generously supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), invites talented and ambitious individuals to embark on a transformative journey in the field of Photonics. This program offers an exceptional opportunity for aspiring scholars to pursue their PhD studies in Germany, commencing in the summer or autumn of 2024.

Brief Description:

  • University/Organization: Abbe School of Photonics, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • Department: Graduate School Scholarship Program (GSSP)
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Varies
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Nationality: Non-German
  • Location: Germany

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Eligible Countries: Non-German nationality
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field with exposure to photonics
  • Admissible Criteria: Applicants must hold or be about to obtain a Master’s degree in a relevant field. The Master’s degree must not be older than 6 years, and candidates must not have resided in Germany for more than 15 months prior to the nomination.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should follow these steps:

  1. Apply via the Online Application System of the Abbe School of Photonics.
  2. Prepare supporting documents, including Transcripts of Records, Curriculum Vitae, Copy of Passport, Proof of English Knowledge, and a Letter of Motivation (1 to 2 pages). Optional: Two support letters from referees.
  3. Meet admission requirements, including having a Master’s degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field.


  • Monthly installment of 1,300 EUR
  • Annual travel allowance
  • Payments towards health, accident, and personal liability insurance
  • Preliminary German language course
  • Scholarship duration: 36 months, with a possible extension for another 12 months

PhD Topics 2024:

  1. Optical computing with cavity solitons
  2. Raman-spectroscopic characterization of immune cell activation
  3. Plasmonic Virus-Receptor Binding Assays
  4. Ultrafast molecular dynamics
  5. Extreme Ultraviolet Metaoptics for Nanoscale Imaging and Attosecond Physics
  6. Quantum nonlinear optics in hybrid systems with absorption
  7. Real-time super-resolution microscopy enabled by neuromorphic vision sensors

Application Procedure Timeline:

  • January 7, 2024: Abbe School of Photonics application deadline
  • March 2024: Pre-selection announcement of the Abbe School of Photonics
  • April 2024: Official candidate nomination by the DAAD
  • August 2024: Approximate start of DAAD German language course in Germany
  • October 2024: Approximate start of the PhD research work at the Abbe School of Photonics in Jena, Germany

For technical questions, contact [email protected]. For questions about specific PhD projects, contact the respective supervisor.

Don’t miss this opportunity to pursue your PhD studies in photonics at the Abbe School of Photonics with the support of the GSSP scholarships. Apply now and embark on an exciting academic journey in Germany!

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