Yvonne Matthes
International Office
Personnel Affairs Department
Phone: +49 351 260 2821

Dr. Kay Potzger
Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research
Phone: +49 351 260 3244



Am I an eligible candidate for the Summer Student Program?

If you are interested in applying for the summer students program, please check that you fulfill the following requirements:

  • You are a university student of natural sciences (physical or life sciences) or related studies.
  • You must have a valid university enrollment covering the whole period of the program.
  • You must have finished at least 3 years of total university studies before the upcoming summer (Bachelor degree or confirmation requred).
  • You can prove a good academic performance through your grades and a letter of recommendation written by a professor or scientist from your university who knows you and your work and is in the position to evaluate it.
  • You have good knowledge of the English language in order to take part in all activities of the program.
  • Applicants already holding a master's degree but not being student of a different master's course as well as PhD students are not eligible for the program.
  • Students who had a contract at HZDR one year before first of July of the targeted year are not eligible for the summer student program.

Please also check the FAQs.The candidates will be selected according to their academic performance, the research area chosen in the application form and their field of studies or specialization. The student, however, will make the final decision for a specific research group.

How to apply for the Summer Student Program

These are the application steps:

When filling out the application form, please:

  • Enter the required information about yourself and your education.
  • Tell us, if you will be enrolled as a university student during the HZDR summer student program.
  • Specify the period of time you are available. Please notice that we expect you to stay for at least 6 weeks and 9 weeks at most. Your presence during the lecture period from 29 July to 30 August is obligatory (core time). We will not make any exception.
  • Rank the proposed research fields according to your priorities. You can also exclude fields, but be aware that the more fields you exclude, the lower your chances of being accepted.
  • Select the kind of work you would prefer to do (experimental including data processing, theoretical including programming).
  • After filling this page, press "Save" to enter the new page, where you should upload your documents.
  • Prepare your documents beforehand. Be aware, that you cannot delete or replace the files anymore after uploading them. Please provide all documents in English or with english translation.
  • Upload a Curriculum Vitae in English (pdf).
  • Upload a copy of your academic grades/records in English or with english translation (pdf).
  • Upload a copy of your student ID (image file).
  • Upload a further document, if needed.
  • Only after pressing the "Finish registration" button, you will receive a link where a professor or senior scientist from your university can upload a letter of recommendation. Please make sure, that we receive the letter before the deadline.

Acceptance or rejection notifications will be sent by email once the selection has been made (by end of April 2025).

The application period ends on 23 February 2025.

More dates that are important can be found here.

Please also check the FAQs.