Approximately 25% of Phase II students will receive a BMS scholarship. Funding for all other Phase II students will come from Certified Units, from third-party funding available to individual professors or from the departments’ budgets. All Phase II students should take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the mathematics research environment in Berlin, which includes:

• three Research Training Groups (RTG)
• two International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS)
• four DFG Collaborative Research Centers
• ECMath
• Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)
• Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS).

A complete list can be found here: www.math-berlin.de/about-bms/people-a-organization/units

The BMS integrates the above projects and institutions, as well as many others, as Certified Units, Associated Units, Cooperating Research Centers and Research Institutes. They guarantee PhD supervisors and suitable research environments for all Phase II students.

Students who complete the BMS Phase I program and successfully pass the Qualifying Exam must meet the following criteria to apply for a BMS Phase II scholarship:

1. An average of better than 1.5 for the required Phase I courses.
2. A grade of better than 1.5 in the Qualifying Exam.
3. Regular attendance of BMS events, such as BMS Fridays.

The decision for BMS Phase II scholarships are made by the BMS Executive Board. These scholarships are awarded based on the criteria listed above and the rules and regulations of the DFG, which includes the criteria of excellence and diversity. The Executive Board will also evaluate the student’s chances to secure alternative funding for the dissertation project at a later stage.

BMS Phase I students, who meet the criteria mentioned above, do not need to submit an application through the BMS website. Instead they should apply to the BMS Executive Board directly with the documents listed below. There is no fixed deadline for this application, but the following should only be submitted shortly before the end of your final Phase I lecture period:

1. Application letter containing a report of the achievements made during Phase I including grades
2. Description of the potential dissertation project
3. A letter of support from the future dissertation adviser describing the potential of the student and expectations for the dissertation. In addition, the statement must contain:
a. details on efforts to secure other means of funding
b. details of current applications for funding; and if necessary
c. an explanation as to why no alternative funding is available


In justified cases, the Executive Board may allow exemptions from the aforementioned criteria.

Gap Funding

To avoid funding gaps during the transition period from Phase I to Phase II, all BMS students, who have successfully completed the Qualifying Exam, can apply for "gap funding". The length of the period in which gap funding is paid should not exceed six months. Students who meet the criteria to obtain a Phase II scholarship, but cannot be awarded one for budgetary reasons, will automatically be considered for gap funding. All other students will be required to submit the following information to apply for gap funding:

1. Grades attained in all Phase I courses
2. Grade attained in the Qualifying Exam
3. Statement from the future dissertation advisor explaining the student's potential and expectations for the dissertation. In addition, the statement must contain:
a. details on efforts to secure other means of funding
b. details of current applications for funding; and if necessary 
c. an explanation as to why no alternative funding is available.
4. Regular attendance of BMS events, such as BMS Fridays.

In justified cases, the Executive Board may allow exemptions from the aforementioned criteria.