The “Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering” (BIG-NSE), which has been part of the "Einstein Center for Catalysis" (EC2) since 2019, is offering seven three-year scholarships/positions for a PhD in Berlin in the field of catalysis. The latest deadline for application was January 15, 2023. It is not yet known when the next deadline will be.


The entry requirements for EC2/BIG-NSE are:

a master‘s degree or German diploma in chemistry, biology, physics or engineering.

a certificate of English proficiency (TOEFL with a minimum of 550 on the paper-based version or equivalent) for applicants whose native language is neither English nor German.

two letters of recommendation.

    Fore more details about the required application documents, see here.


    EC2/BIG-NSE offers a structured curricu­lum for obtaining the degree of “doctor” within 3 years. The main characteristic of EC2/BIG-NSE is a comprehensive integration and mentoring program for its students, espe­cially international students. It includes:

    an “initial phase” with intensive support, especially for administrative and integration aspects

    preparation of a schedule by the students themselves during the first semester

    continuous supervision by at least two professors/senior scientists

    regular evaluation of the students’ work/study achievements

    continuous support for all professional and social aspects

    regular lectures presented by renowned guest scientists from all over the world

    language and soft skills courses

    financial support for scientific and teaching materials

      The center/school is part of the Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Systems in Catalysis” (UniSysCat), in existence since November 2007 (previous name: UniCat), and founded by the TU Berlin and further Institutions in the Berlin area within the fra­mework of the German government‘s “Excellence Initiative.”

      The main research interest of UniSysCat, and therefore of EC2/BIG-NSE, is “catalysis” in a broad sense. The research fields involved cover a broad range of topics, from natural sciences to engineering. The faculty consists of internationally renowned professors and junior researchers from around 60 research groups at all participating institutions, who are intensively involved in the supervision and mentoring of the EC2/BIG-NSE PhD students.