Application Procedure

Applicants for PERFORM PhD positions will be selected on their potential for scientific excellence and adaptability to work in a multicultural environment. Recruitment will be a transparent, open and equal process following the guidelines of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

To ensures the procedure is transparent, open and equal for all applicants and the selection of PhD candidates follows the recruitment criteria of scientific excellence PERFORM set up a multi-step application procedure.

We already conducted a structured recruitment process including two calls and a recruitment workshop with interviews. Additionally applicants have to fulfill multiple formal requirements to be eligible for PERFORM (e.g. based on their Master’s degree applicants must be eligible to enroll in the PhD programmes at the participating universities). These requirements are very strict at some universities and have to be checked for every applicantion.

We still have not filled all positions. You can find out the status of all positions here.

Consequently, we encourage everybody to send in applications to These applications will be evaluated in incoming order for every position until they are covered.

Documents to be included in the Application

Applicants will need to prove that they are eligible, according to the Early Stage Researcher definition, mobility rule, and English language proficiency. Before applying , please read the eligibility criteria. Consequently an application must include the following documents:

  • the PERFORM Application Form,
  • a letter of motivation,
  • a detailed CV,
  • Master’s degree transcripts,
  • additional documents that proof the eligibility for the corresponding doctorate degree program and
  • proof of sufficient English language skills.

Due to specific requirements at certain host universities additional information may be required. Make sure to check the specific requirements for every ESR position.