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Frequently asked questions

Here we answer the most frequently asked questions.

General / application

  • Who is eligible for the DPBR?

DPBR is open to all doctoral candidates of the School of Business & Economics. If you are a research assistant (Wissenschaftliche_r Mitarbeiter_in) or externally funded through fellowships or other grants, you are eligible for membership.

  • How and when do I apply?

The first step is to be accepted as PhD student at the School of Business & Economics. Applications are invited at any time. Please have a look at our admission process here. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

  • Do I have to send hard copies of all documents?

You are welcome to send us all documents in either digital form or hard copy. However, the supervisory agreement (Betreuungsvereinbarung) must be signed as a hard copy or scanned document.


  • Do I have to decide on a supervisor prior to my application to DPBR?

Yes, you should definitely have discussed your PhD project with a main supervisor and ideally two further supervisors. They all need to agree on supervising your work as part of the Supervisory Team (Betreuungsteam) and confirm their consent in written form as part of the Supervisory Agreement (Betreuungsvereinbarung). This document is a required part of your application.

  • Who will be my second and third supervisor?

We recommend you to discuss the composition of your Supervisory Team with your main supervisor. The team should consist of experts in your field, method and maybe empirical field. Typically, they will be professors from our School or other universities.

Finances and Funding

  • Do I have to pay tuition fees?

DPBR does not charge any tuition fees currently. However, for membership in our program, you are required to enrol with the university as a PhD student of the Dahlem Research School with the Enrolment Office (Immatrikulationsbüro). This process requires a fee (currently approx. €280 per semester).

  • Does DPBR provide scholarships of any kind?

The DPBR does not have funds to offer any scholarships or stipends.

  • How do I benefit from the travel grant funding option?

You can apply for travel funding for participating in external methods seminars, summer schools, conferences etc. For travel grant applications, please contact us for further details.

Enrolment procedure

  • When will you decide on applications?

The decision is made very quickly after you hand in your application so that you can commence your membership in DPBR and participate in courses already starting in the respective semester.

  • Can I enrol without being able to present my MA diploma or with my final MA exams pending?

In order to enrol with DPBR, you need to apply for your admission as a PhD student with the PhD Committee (Promotionsausschuss). Given that you need to present your MA or Diplom certificate for that, you need to have your certificates ready and your studies completed.

  • Am I eligible to apply by holding a BA?

Presently, DPBR does not offer a fast track PhD program that commences after your BA graduation.


  • What modules can I take?

Please have a look at our modules page. We are constantly updating our module offers. Please check back from time to time.

  • I want to participate in a VHB course or other external course offers. Can I get credits for this in the DPBR?

Yes, you can gain credits for external course offers as long as they have PhD level. Members are encouraged to approach their supervisory team and jointly select courses that are relevant for their dissertation project. Credits can be awarded on the basis of the course's duration, level, examinations (if any) and recommendation of the main supervisor.

  • Who credits my external courses?

In order to have your external courses credited for DPBR, please send us the filled out credit application form (here) and relevant documentation of your modules as copies. We will keep a record of this information.

  • Who keeps track of my modules?

The DPBR administration keeps a record of all your modules and credited external offers. The information will be used for producing a final "Transcript of Records" that you receive after dissertation defense.

  • I do not want to sign up for the whole program. However, I would like to still participate in a specific module. Is that possible?

Yes, we welcome external PhD students to participate in individual modules. Please contact us by email with regard to availability.

Further issues

  • How long does the program take?

Every PhD is individual and must always be tailored to satisfy the needs of PhD candidates as much as possible. Generalisations can thus only be made to a limited degree. For gaining some guidance on potential ways to organise your PhD development, please have a look at our exemplary PhD process plans.

  • What about German/English language skills?

English is one of the most important languages for working in academia while German is the dominant language of teaching and research at most German universities. The courses offered as part of DPBR are mainly held in English. 

  • Do I need to take an English test?

A test or certification test of your English language skills is currently not a requirement for admission to the DPBR. However, we highly recommend sufficient knowledge of the English language for a successful PhD development.

  • I am currently an international student, how can I apply?

The DPBR does not accept applications directly from students, who have not been accepted by a professor from our school as their PhD project supervisor and being formally registered for PhD studies (“Zulassung zur Promotion”) at the FU Berlin.

If you have any questions that have not been answered above, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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