Requirements for Applications


Here you can find all information and documents you will have to provide with your application. Please read these instructions carefully since incomplete applications will not be considered for the program.


Academic Background

In order to be considered as an applicant for the program, candidates must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a Master´s degree or equivalent degree including a thesis in a field related to medicine, sports science, exercise physiology, human biology or neighbouring fields. In rare occasions, applications from excellent candidates with only a Bachelor degree may also be considered for the program.

Currently, there are no scholarships available. However, students can always apply with self- or otherwise funded PhD projects. Please note, for such applications a detailed research proposal outlining background and methods for the study idea is mandatory to be considered for the program.


Proof of proficiency in English for non-native speakers

Our primary language in the PhD program is English. For applicants who are non-native English speakers, it is necessary to demonstrate English knowledge by adequate results in an internationally recognized test (TOEFL or IELTS test). Submitting the detailed results of such tests is strongly recommended for non-native speakers. If your previous studies were taught in English or if you have already published in English on your own, we might accept this as a demonstration of language proficiency.


Opportunity to attend German language courses (for non-German speaking applicants)

In addition to the mandatory English language skills, it is recommended to attend a German language course before the start of the doctoral program (or during its initial stage in Saarbrücken). Saarland University offers intensive German language courses every March and October (between semesters) as well as in-seasonal courses during each semester. For more information please visit the website of the International Office.


Research in Germany Webinar 

Prof. Meyer attended a Webinar on How to write a successful proposal? organised by the German Academic Exchange Service on the 5th of June 2018. A recording of the webinar is now available on the Research in Germany website. The webinar is open for everyone without a registration.