Initiation of Process


3. Initiation of the Doctoral Procedure

The Doctoral Committee initiates the doctoral procedure when a written application, accompanied by all the required documents, is submitted to the Dean's office. The documents to be submitted depend on the doctoral regulations.

For your application you need:

  • Letter of application according to § 13
  • 4 copies of the doctoral thesis (5 if there are 3 supervisors) in glue binding
  • Abstract (max. 2 pages) (German and English)
  • a current curriculum vitae (signed and dated)
  • Certificates which have not yet been submitted to the Dean's office as certified copies
  • Certificate of good conduct (document type O, see Basic Information)
  • List of all publications
  • Statutory declaration about doing the thesis autonomously
  • Declaration on the assurance of good scientific practice according to § 13 para. 3 lit. g)
  • proof that you have attended and successfully completed the course "Good Scientific Practice"/"Scientific Integrity" of RWTH Aachen University or another institution (ONLY for admission after 01/10/2020 - the date of the admission notice is decisive)
  • If the doctoral thesis was not written at RWTH Aachen, we require a written confirmation that the publication of the thesis does not breach any existing trade secrets.


Application § 13
Statutory Declaration
Cover Page
Declaration according to § 13 para. 3 lit. g)

Meeting dates of the Doctoral Committee:

SoSe 2021: 07.06.2021 / 19.07.2021
WiSe 2021/22: 04.10.2021 / 22.11.2021 / 17.01.2022 (Application documents must be submitted min. 2 weeks before)