Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Natural SciencesPhysical sciencesChemical sciencesBiological sciencesEngineering and TechnologyChemical engineering

The Berlin International Graduate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering (BIG-NSE) is a project run jointly by Technische Universität, Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität Berlin together with Universität Potsdam, the Fritz Haber Institute and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces. It is part of the DFG-financed Cluster of Excellence Unified Concepts in CATALYSIS ( Its faculty consists of internationally renowned researchers from 54 research groups at 6 participating institutions who are active in 13 catalysis-related research fields.


BIG-NSE offers an attractive, structured program, allowing doctoral candidates to complete their degrees under excellent conditions within three years. The academic program always begins in October and the deadline for BIG-NSE scholarship applications is January of the respective year.

The main entry requirement is a Master’s degree in chemistry, biology, physics or engineering. Candidates admitted first pass through a three-month "initial phase" during which they attend lectures and soft skills courses (e.g. presentations, project management), while working together on their respective research proposals as a roadmap for their future work. In a final workshop, each doctoral candidate presents his project to the UniCat Cluster faculty. Subsequently, candidates join their research groups for their individual research projects. Annual reports and frequent meetings with the Advisory Committee provide feedback for the successful continuation of their work.

programme Prof. Dr Martin Oestreich Dr Jean-Philippe Lonjaret

catalysis-related research, natural sciences, engineering

Contact Information

Prof. Dr Martin Oestreich
Dr Jean-Philippe Lonjaret
TU Berlin
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Nina Hunsicker
Sekr. BEL 5
Gebäude BEL
Marchstr. 6-8
10587 Berlin
+49 (0)30 314 796 05
January 15th
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam