The Joint European Doctoral Programme in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering (DocMASE) is an international programme with the participation of universities in Germany, France, Spain and Sweden and supported by the Erasmus Mundus programme of the European commission.

The DAAD provides within its programme Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) some scholarships each year for starting doctoral thesis work at the Saarland University in  Germany.

The Materials Science and Engineering Department (MSE) of Saarland University is recognised as one of the leading centres of materials science in Germany. The department is formed by 11 chairs covering the wide spectrum of materials science. Scientific research at the university is particularly enhanced by intensive collaboration with distinguished research centres established on the university campus, like the Leibnitz Institute of New Materials (INM), the Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZfP), and the Material Engineering Center Saar (MECS). 

Former research topics  of the PhD candidates can be found here.

Applications must be received through ouonline application system. We are looking forward to your application!

Please use this application form.

DocMASE is aimed at candidates with a Master’s (or equivalent) degree in Materials Science and Engineering, or other related subjects such as Physics or Chemistry. Very good English knowledge is required, German knowledge will be an advantage. The DAAD scholarships are available for non-German candidates that have not lived more than 15 months in Germany. 

The DAAD funding is for up to three or (in the case of developing and emerging countries) for up to four years and will cover:

·         a monthly scholarship rate of currently 1000 €,

·         a country-dependent travel allowance,

·         a combined health, accident, and liability insurance,

·         if necessary, a rent subsidy and family allowance

Automedon/UdS. Foto:Uwe Bellhäuser


The aim of DocMASE is to provide a high-level research structure for the best students from Europe and the world. Research projects organised in close cooperation by two universities of the consortium will be offered. Co-mentorship is an integral part of the project, thus students will be assigned an advisor from each university where he/she carries out the research work. 

Students can opt for an academic or an industrial focus in their research. Throughout the PhD, doctoral students are required to go to one of the partner universities for at least six months, and additionally to one of the associated partners for at least two weeks.




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READ HERE: An Interview with Isabella Schramm - one of the first DocMASE participants!