Students FAQs

  • Eligibility

I am PhD student. Am I eligible for the HZDR Summer Student Program?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible. You can find our admission criteria here:
https://www.hzdr.de/db/Cms?pNid=2914

In finished my Bachelor but I am not a student anymore. Can I participate in the HZDR Summer Student Program?

Sorry! Without a valid university enrollment (student ID) covering the whole period of the program, unfortunately, we cannot accept your application. Since the HZDR is not an university, we are also not offering master's studies courses.

I studied Physics and I got my master´s degree already. I am note enrolled as a student. I would like to know if I am eligible for the HZDR Summer Student Program.

Unfortunately, you are no longer eligible. The program is intended for people who are still enrolled at the university.

I am studying in the master's program and will graduate soon. I would like to know if I am eligible for the HZDR Summer Student Program.

Although you will receive your master's degree soon, you are formally eligible if your student ID is valid until the end of September 2025. Please write your situation in the "Specification of your research interest" field of the application form, e.g.: "Master expected in autumn 2025". Unfortunately, we cannot accept your application without a valid enrollment (student ID) that covers the entire period of the program.

I am currently in the second year of a bachelor's degree program. Am I a suitable candidate?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible. To participate in the HZDR Summer Student Program, you should have finished 3 years of university studies before the program starts. Please provide us with a confirmation that you finished the third year. Otherwise, you will not eligible for the HZDR Summer Student Program.

I am an engineering student of Industrial IT and Automation Engineering. Am I eligible for the HZDR Summer Student Program, even as a non-natural science student?

With respect to your qualification, you are eligible. Students enrolled in any field of study related to physics, chemistry, medicine, biology, life, engineering or computer sciences are eligible to participate in the program which includes engineering.

Are master's students in filology, political sciences, arts, economy or related studies eligible for the HZDR Summer Student Program?

Unfortunately not.

Do I require any special expertise for the HZDR Summer Student Program, e.g., former work in labs or on theory projects?

No! 

I neither speak English nor German. May I pariticipate in the HZDR Summer Student Program?

Unfortunately, you are only eligible for the HZDR Summer Student Program, if you speak Enlish well enough for scientific communication.

I meet all the eligibiltiy requirements, but I am studying at an university in Germany. Am I eligible for the international HZDR Summer Student Program?

Definitely yes!

Please find more information here:

https://www.hzdr.de/db/Cms?pNid=2914


  • Application:

I'm trying to register for the HZDR Summer Student Program but it is showing that the registration is closed.

The registration for the HZDR Summer Student Program opens 20th of November 2023. The application deadline is the 23rd of February. Please register within those dates.

I would like to become a member of the group of Dr. XY during my stay at HZDR.

You can select your preferred scientific field in the application form. Please note, that the fact that you know your potential supervisor from a previous collaboration is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the program, neither that you will work in his/her group.

Should I provide my application swiftly in order to secure my position in the HZDR Summer Student Program?

We recommend taking your time so that you have all the documents together. If this is the case, then please submit your application. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their resume, their academic grades and the content of the letter of recommendation from a professor, group leader or scientist from their university, capable of evaluating the applicant’s performance and achievements.

I would like to upload a recommendation letter from my former employer during my summer job.

Please feel free to upload such letter. But it does not replace the official recommendation letter of your professor or university supervisor. Without that, your application at the HZDR Summer Student Program cannot be considered.

For the recommendation letter I would like to submit a copy of the E-Mail my Professor send me.

No! A properly signed copy of the recommendation letter is needed including the name, contact information and faculty of your professor or senior university supervisor. Note, that your professor or senior supervisor should submit the recommendation letter by herself/himself. 

I am an University diploma student. I am very interested in the HZDR Summer Student Program. What letter is required from my professor? Proving passing/completion of my third year or a letter of recommendation?

Important is that you passed the third year when the HZDR Summer Student Program starts July 1. And you need a letter of recommendation from your professor/supervisor. So you should provide both documents along with proof of your enrollment as a diploma student during the program between July and September (student ID).

I uploaded a copy of my student ID, but there is no validity period or expiry date noted on it.

A copy of your student ID is sufficient for the registration, even without such information. Once you are selected for the HZDR Summer Student Program, you have to provide a signed confirmation from your university, that you are enrolled as a student during the duration of the program.

I am a master’s student and I have an enrollment certificate from my university, but I did not issue an ID card. Is it okay to submit my enrollment certificate directly instead of an ID?

Yes, please submit the confirmation from your university instead.

May I submit any other ID card, but not the students ID?

No! If your university doesnt provide you with a student ID, please submit a confirmation letter that you are enrolled as a student during the program. 

I am currently pursuing my MSc in Materials Science (Just finished my 1st semester after BSc). Which academic grade/records I have to upload?

Please upload your bachelor's degree academic records/transcripts along with the bachelor's degree certificate. Please also upload the recent grades from your master course. Please also enter the overall grade using the GPA 1-4 system into the application form. Note that grades below 2 do not meet the requirements of the HZDR.

I have sent the wrong documents. Can I resubmit my application?

There is an option in the email you received to upload your documents any time before deadline.

Could you provide information about the research groups where I can apply for the HZDR Summer Student Program?

There are no other specific research informations available except the links in the registration form. It will be up to the supervisors, to select preferred students. The students, however, can finally decide for their supervisor, if there are more than one.

Please find more information here:

https://www.hzdr.de/db/Cms?pNid=2914