FAQs by Prospective Students


When can I apply?

The application page is open from 21th November 2019 through 16thJanuary 2020 (23:59 CET).

Am I qualified?

Candidates must hold a master’s degree or equivalent with a relevant specialisation in one of the above listed academic areas of the programme at the time of entry. Prior application is possible. The language of the graduate programme (teaching) is English; hence, English proficiency is indispensable.

I gave preferences for projects, who will decide which project I will be able to do?

The faculty will come to a decision after the interviews.

Can I send my documents to DKIM for review prior to submitting my application?

We do under no circumstance reviewing documents prior to application or handed in by mail. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the completeness and accuracy of your documents based.

Do I have to apply online?

The DKIM will only consider applications submitted via the application page between 21th November 2019 and 16thJanuary 2020 (23:59 CET).

I don’t have a TOEFL/IELTS/Cambridge etc. language certificate. Can I still apply?

These specific tests are not required. English proficiency will be tested during the interviews, but please note that English proficiency is indispensable.

I haven’t completed my degree yet. May I still apply?

You may apply if you will complete the final semester of your degree programme before you start your PhD in Salzburg. During the application process, you will be asked to submit a document that states you will be able to graduate by this date, which has to be signed by the head of your programme or supervisor. The reason for these deadlines is that once you are admitted to the DKIM you will still have to apply at the University and your degree may have to be recognised by the University of Salzburg. These processes unfortunately take some time.

Where do I find a full list of all DKIM faculty members?

An overview of our the faculty and the offered PhD projects is available here.

How do I find out if my application has been submitted successfully?

Upon successful submission you will receive an email. If you have not received an email, please check your spam folder first. If you are sure you have not received an email, please submit your application again.

When will I receive notification about my application status?

Students invited to attend the DKIM Interviews will be notified by early February.

When will the interviews take place?

Interviews will probably take place in the beginning of March 2020 for the next round of admissions.

Who will pay for the journey to the interview?

The DKIM covers the travel costs as well as accommodation if you travel to Salzburg for the interview. You will have to organise the journey yourself and also advance the travel costs. Unfortunately, we will only be able to refund the money after the interviews due to university regulations.

I would need a visa for the interview, which might be difficult to obtain. Can I still apply?

If a visa cannot be obtained or the journey is too long, the interview can also be done virtually (e.g. Skype).

What kind of funding is available for students accepted to the DKIM?

All positions in the DKIM are fully funded. Please see here for details what a position includes.