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How do I find a place as a doctoral student?

In order for you to be able to take a doctorate at ETH Zurich, a professor there must be willing to supervise your thesis. Doctorates are normally associated with an offer of employment. For this kind of doctoral position, it is best to apply directly to a potential supervisor for your thesis.

How to apply for a doctorate at the Department of Mathematics:

  1. Contact a professor
    Prospective doctoral students can directly contact a professor to apply for a doctorate.
  2. Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics (ZGSM)
    The ZGSM offers international applicants the possibility of doing a doctorate at ETH Zurich or the University of Zurich.
  3. External thesis project
    It is possible to carry out your doctoral thesis outside the ETH Domain. Read more

If you want to apply, please use the ZGSM's online application form or contact a professor directly.

How do I register to take a doctorate?

First of all: Most doctoral students have a double status. They are students and at the same time staff members of ETH Zurich. Signing a working contract does not mean that you are automatically registered as a doctoral student. That is handled by the Human Resources department. Registering as a student has to be done separately with the Doctoral Administration of ETH Zurich.

For that fill in the Application form (PDF, 245 KB) and enclose all the required documents without exception. You will find a list of the documents that have to be submitted in the Appendix to the application form. Your supervisor must sign the application form before you send it to the Doctoral Administration of ETH Zurich. Please note that registrations without an original signature from your supervisor and incomplete dossiers will be rejected.

When do I have to register by?
(deadline for applications)

Doctoral students do not have to keep to the official deadlines for semester enrolment. This means that you can register for doctoral studies at any time. However, you should try, if possible, to submit your application as early as possible. Nevertheless please do not send it more than 4 weeks before the start of your doctoral studies.

Read more about registration and admission at ETH Zurich

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