Registration and matriculation as a doctoral candidate
Application for the official registration as a doctoral candidate with the faculty's doctoral committee
(a) In order to be recognized as a doctoral candidate, candidates will have to hand in a formal doctoral project proposal (with signatures by supervisors) to the doctoral committee of their preferred faculty (Fakultät) at their preferred university (see also Status). This process will have to be completed by the end of the first semester (at the lastest!). This is also the faculty that will confer the doctoral degree (see Doctoral degree).
Matriculation/enrolment as a confirmed doctoral candidate at a university
(b) Candidates will also have to matriculate/enrol at that university by the end of the first semester (see also Status). The institution of enrolment will depend on (a), and enrolment can only happen once the registration has been achieved.
(c) For the matriculation/enrolment candidates will need to show all their original school leaving and university certificates and transcripts.
(d) The institution of registration as a doctoral candidate with a particular faculty and the matriculation with that university usually, but not invariably, depends on the main affiliation of the main supervisor. This can be Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, or at one of our partner universities in the metropolitan area, i.e. Magdeburg, Leipzig, or Potsdam.