The Graduate School at a Glance
* An integrated program from BSc or MSc to PhD
* Top-notch academic and research training
in computer science
* Unparalleled concentration of computer science
research expertise in Europe
* International program run entirely in English
* Scholarships and other support
* Next application deadline:
26 April 2010
uptake Fall/Winter Semester 2010/11 (October)
Please use the online application system: OAS
What is the aim of the Graduate School?
Graduate School of Computer Science provides an optimal environment for
pursuing doctoral studies in computer science at an internationally
competitive level. As a student, you undergo research oriented training
and experience a stimulating and scientifically challenging atmosphere.
Advised by internationally renowned scientists, you can participate in
one of the many research groups and find your way into top notch
Who can apply?
with strong interest in research who hold a Masters or an excellent
Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or in a related field.
[At the time of application the degree need not be conferred yet.]
What is the working language?
All courses, exams, etc. are in English.
How does it work?
successful application, you first undergo (depending on your degree) a
three semester preparatory phase which consists of research oriented,
broad course work adjusted to personal interests. We provide common
office space particularly to students in this phase.
You have ample
opportunity to acquaint yourself with the many computer science
research groups in Saarbrücken and to choose a group and an advisor
matching your interest.
After passing a
qualifying exam, you enter the research and dissertation phase which
you spend as a member of a research group. During the entire program
there is a comprehensive offering of so-called Soft Skills seminars and
justified cases, you can be exempted from parts of or even the entire
preparatory phase. Also, your courses taken in the preparatory phase
can be used towards a Master's degree, if this is desired.Can I obtain financial
We provide financial support
during both phases (of course assuming adequate progress). During the
preparatory phase starting after your BSc degree, this support comes in
the form of scholarships (800 € per month) or teaching and research
support contracts. During the research and dissertation phase, you are
supported in the form of stipends (about 1400 € per month) or of
research or teaching assistantships.
There are currently no tuition fees, only a student
fee of 138 € per semester which gives you free access to public
transportation and reduced student rates at the university cafeteria
and for many other public services (museums, concerts).
Which are the participating research institutes?
* Computer Science Department at Saarland University
* Max Planck Institute for Informatics
* Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
* German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
* Center for Bioinformatics
All these institutes are housed right next to each
other on the Saarland University campus in Saarbrücken, an unparalleled
concentration of computer science research expertise in Europe.
How can I apply?
We ask for the following materials
* transcript of all academic records, including high
* a brief statement explaining your motivation for pursuing
a doctorate in computer science
* 2 letters of recommendation (to be sent to us directly
referees, as prompted by the OAS * please note that only official
affiliation e-mail addresses will be considered valid)
* if available, TOEFL scores, or equivalent record of
proficiency (TSE, Cambridge Certificate scores), otherwise a short
statement with respect to your English qualifications.
* if available, GRE scores
To be considered for the next round of admissions, your complete application materials
must reach us by April 26th, 2010.
Please use the online application system: OAS, and follow the instructions there.
in exceptional and pre-approved cases can they be sent by traditional mail to
Saarbrücken Graduate School
of Computer Science
Campus E1 3
or via email as a single pdf-document (except for the letters of recommendation)
applications "at" gradschool.cs.uni-saarland.de
Which other support is available?
The graduate school cooperates closely with the
* International Max Planck Research School for Computer
Science (IMPRS-CS). In addition, it works in cooperation with the
* Research Training Group Quality Guarantees for Computer
Systems, as well as with
* The European Post-Graduate College in Language Technology
and Cognitive Systems
Please also have a look at the regulations for Ph.D Students.
For further questions contact:
Dr. Michelle Carnell,
email: carnell at cs.uni-saarland.de, Tel.: +49 681 302 5523
Tentative Application Deadline : 26 April 2010