Application for Admission


Prerequisite for the acceptance as a doctoral student is a higher education qualification that is recognised in Germany. As a rule this is a qualification equivalent to a “Diplom”, “Magister”, master's degree or “Staatsexamen” awarded by an approved university.

For candidates who do not hold an equivalent to the above mentioned university degrees exceptions may be considered after passing a qualifying assessment.

To become a doctoral student at the faculty you first have to find a supervisor for your doctoral project.
The faculty’s research groups are listed on the web-pages of the institutes:

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Institute of Organic Chemistry
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Institute of Geography

Institute of Earth Sciences

Together with your supervisor you can apply for acceptance as doctoral candidate at the faculty.


How to apply for admission as a doctoral candidate:

1. Online registration at the heiDOCS portal.

2. Submission of the following documents

to the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Im Neuenheimer Feld 234
69120 Heidelberg

The acceptance as doctoral candidate is valid for three years and can be extended in reasonable cases.



Susanne Sandbrink

Dean's Office
Faculty of Chemisytry and Earth Sciences
Im Neuenheimer Feld 234
(5.OG, Z. 513)
69120 Heidelberg
map of the area

phone +49 (0) 62 21/54 48 44

office hours:

Monday - Friday: 9:15 - 11:30 a.m.



If you have been accepted as doctoral candidate at the faculty (received the letter of admission (Annahme als Doktorand/in) from the faculty) you generally have to enrol at Heidelberg University.
For information about enrolment please follow “Step 5: Admission to the University” on the following website of the Graduate Academy:


More information about living and working in Heidelberg as an international doctoral candidate you can find here



Dean's Office: Email
Latest Revision: 2021-12-13
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