Study in Germany with a full DAAD Scholarship: Applications are invited for Full DAAD Scholarship for pursuing Doctoral studies (PhD) at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences of University of Potsdam, Germany for a period of three years. This scholarship is funded by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the NatRiskChange Research Training Group.

The goal is to develop an innovative seismological data processing scheme for volcanic tremor for the purpose of seismological monitoring and understanding the underlying physical source processes. This project is closely connected to PhD-Project I7 allowing for the exchange and joining of research ideas/concepts.

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Since its founding 25 years ago, the University of Potsdam has excelled in research and teaching and is well positioned both on a national and international scale. Achieving this under consistently difficult economic conditions speaks for the quality and motivation of our professors, research, and administrative staff.


University of Potsdam, Germany


  • Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given
  • Course Level: Scholarship is available to pursue PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: Scholarship is awarded to purse PhD scholarship at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences of University of Potsdam, Germany for a period of three years. The working title of the project is: “Volcanic Tremor analysis based on advanced signal processing concepts including music information retrieval (MIR) strategies”.

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Eligible Countries: Available for candidates from developing or emerging countries.

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African, Republic Chad, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea, Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico,  Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint- Vincent and the Grenadines, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet the following requirements:

We are seeking applications from highly motivated individuals with a diploma/master degree in geophysics, physics, digital signal processing, computer science or a closely related subject. Fluency in the English language (speaking and writing) as well as the willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team is essential. Experience with time series analysis and programming as well as an understanding of relevant physical mechanisms in the project context are desired skills.

English Language Requirements: Fluency in the English language (speaking and writing) as well as the willingness to work in an interdisciplinary team is essential


DAAD Scholarship Award: The scholarship includes

  • A monthly rate of 1000 Euro
  • Travel support and potential support for studies and research
  • Combined insurance (health, accident, liability)
  • Potential support for rent, or family allowance

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Application Procedure for University of Potsdam DAAD Scholarship:

Application Deadline: May 20, 2018

Apply Online through link at the end

Applications should include the following components:

  • A detailed CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Brief research concept (approx. 2 pages) for the PhD project (focusing on a plan on how to use audio signal processing concepts for seismic signal analysis),
  • Record of studies, master and bachelor certificates including a transcript of records,
  • An English synopsis of the Master thesis
  • A list of publications, oral and/or poster presentations at conferences
  • Two letters of recommendation.

The files should be sent, by e-mail, in one single PDF document (< 10 MB) to Dr. Theresia Petrow ( by May 20th, 2018.

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Based on the applications, the University of Potsdam will, in a first stage, nominate two to four candidates. These candidates will be required to submit a full application to the DAAD which will then, in a second stage, be evaluated by DAAD. Candidates will be informed in detail about the second stage in case they are nominated after the first stage. The actual scholarship and the related PhD study are envisaged to start in October 2018.

Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability. The NatRiskChange consortium strives to increase the proportion of women in research and specifically encourages females to apply for these positions.



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