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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD scholarships in "Methods for Discrete Structures", Berlin (Germany)

The Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg)


funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the three Berlin Universities will offer

 	several SCHOLARSHIPs

for Ph.D. studies starting October 2012 or earlier.

The MDS program covers topics at the interface between algorithms, combinatorics, geometry, 
probability, and optimization. The MDS faculty consists of Susanne Albers, Helmut Alt, Friedrich 
Eisenbrand, Stefan Felsner, Martin Groetschel, Martin Grohe, Rolf Moehring, Guenter Rote, Martin 
Skutella, Tibor Szabo, and Guenter Ziegler.

The scholarships are 1468 EUR (tax-free) per month - according to DFG rules. They are usually 
granted as 2-year fellowships, extendible by a third year.

The MDS course program consists of the Monday Afternoon Colloquium lectures, block courses, summer 
schools, regular predoc programs, etc. - all this in a very lively Berlin discrete mathematics 
context, which also includes the DFG Research Center MATHEON (

The RTG "Methods for Discrete Structures" is also a registered unit for the "Phase II" part of 
BERLIN MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL (, the joint international graduate program 
of the three major Berlin universities - which has a lot to offer! Students of the MDS program may 
apply to be members of the BERLIN MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL.

Applicants for Ph.D. scholarships are expected to have a Diploma/Master's degree or equivalent, 
usually in Mathematics or Computer Science. Applications for scholarships starting in 2012 
consisting of

- letter of application
- curriculum vitae
- Diplom/masters' thesis
- proposal for possible thesis topic
- recommendation letter by thesis advisor (to be sent directly to us)

should be directed to

Prof. Dr. Martin Skutella, Coordinator
RTG "Methods for Discrete Structures"
Inst. Mathematics, MA 5-2
TU Berlin
D-10623 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49 - 30 - 314-78654 / -28641
Fax:  +49 - 30 - 314-25191

The faculty will start to look at applications in January 2012.
Applications by email are welcome. If you have applied to BERLIN MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL Phase II, 
then please just inform us about this - there is no need to submit your materials again.