Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Application & Admission

Recruitment strategy and process

SAOT admits excellent graduates in the field of engineering or sciences (especially physics) with an outstanding result in the degree earned ...more

Please submit your application documents to Dr. Jürgen Großmann.
Please do not send original documents.

Dr. Jürgen Großmann

isa@aot.uni-erlangen.de

Tel:    0049 (0)9131 8525850

Fax:  0049 (0)9131 8525851

?Which documents are required? check below, which application category applies to you.

Applicants who are not yet affiliated with any of the SAOT PIs

SAOT admits excellent graduates in the field of engineering or sciences (especially physics) with an outstanding result in the degree earned (master or diploma or comparable scientific orientated degree). Candidates are invited to apply to the graduate school at any time. SAOT recruits national and international students as well as graduates from the FAU. The admission of high-level educated international candidates is one of the important features of the SAOT education. This is simplified by using English as working language of the school. Applicants pick a field of interest out of the six SAOT topics and provide

  1. the application form (xls)
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. copies of academic transcripts of your secondary school, BSc and MSc grades
  4. copies of your school and university leaving certificates
  5. clear statement of the research area (which must be available at the SAOT) in which you would particularly like to work. This statement must include your reasons for the choice with a tentative research proposal; the relationship to your previous studies and experience should be evident. You might also include ideas which of the SAOT Principal Investigators or Associate Investigators would be suitable supervisor for you. 
  6. authenticated translations if the transcripts and certificates are not in English or German
  7. two letters of recommendation from academics

Based on application documents, the international students’ advisor extracts potential candidates and forwards the respective application to PIs/AIs, who –according to the overlap of the scientific interests of the candidate and the PI/AI – could become potential supervisors. If the PI/AI is interested to collaborate with the candidate, The PI/AI will interviewed the candidate and inform the international students’ advisor and the SAOT Board of Directors, whether he is willing to supervise the respective candidate and whether he can provide the personal funds for the candidate´s salary on his own, or if he asks for a SAOT scholarship. After having passed this procedure successfully, the candidate will be accepted as a tentative member. How a tentative member becomes a regular member is explained in the credit point system.

The application procedure is likely to take several months, so you are advised to start the process at least half a year before you intend to come to Erlangen. Please expect about two months for the processing of a visa; in some countries three or four months may be necessary.

Applicants who are already affiliated with any of the SAOT PIs

Applicants pick a field of interest out of the six SAOT topics and provide

  1. the application form (xls; please submit the file)
  2. Supervision agreement (doc file, please fill electronically)
  3. a curriculum vitae,
  4. copies of academic transcripts of your secondary school, BSc and MSc grades
  5. copies of your school and university leaving certificates

In this case the two letters of recommendation and the personal interview with SAOT examiners are replaced by the commitment of the PI/AI to act as supervisor for the particular DC.

The supervision agreement shall be provided in original form; all other documents in electronic form where possible.

Graduates of the elite master program MAOT

Applicants pick a field of interest out of the six SAOT topics and provide

  1. Supervision agreement (doc file; please fill electronically)
  2. a curriculum vitae

For admission the candidates need to find a SAOT PI/AI who agrees to supervise their doctoral thesis.

Mission

SAOT provides an interdisciplinary research and education program of excellence within a broad international network of distinguished experts to promote innovation and leadership in the areas

Optical Metrology
Optical Material Processing
Optics in Medicine
Optics in Communication and Information Technology
Optical Materials and Systems
and Computational Optics.