Statistics: theory and methods for empirical modelling

Statistics: theory and methods for empirical modelling

The doctoral program "Statistics: theory and methods for empirical modelling" is a partially structured program with individually tailored supervision. You can find detailed information about the PhD program on our website. We invite MSc graduates from any relevant discipline (statistics or a nearby field e.g. mathematics, empirical social sciences ...) and any country who are interested in interdisciplinary research to apply.

Application Tool
In order to apply for the program, you need to register first. You will have to enter your name and choose a username and password. You will then immediately receive a confirmation email with an activation link that will give you access to our online application tool.


  • The application window for the class starting in September/October 2021 will open on February 1st, 2021.
  • The application deadline is February 28th, 2021 (12pm/noon CET)
  • The placement test will be online March 1st, 2021 (12pm/noon CET)
  • The placement test deadline is March 5th, 2021 (12pm/noon CET)
  • The deadline for the recommendation letters is also March 5th, 2021 (12pm/noon CET)
  • Candidates will be notified by mid of April 2021
  • The interviews will be scheduled individually


Please note that you need to have completed a Master's degree in statistics or equivalent in a nearby field (e.g. mathematics, empirical social sciences, ...) prior to starting the PhD program. Applicants have to submit:

  • Academic record (high school, Bachelor and Master’s transcripts)
  • Research interests All applicants have to indicate their specific research interests. Please select up to three research groups you are interested in. You can find details about research areas and participating research groups on our webpage
  • Two letters of recommendation To process your application, we need two letters of recommendation from scientists familiar with you and your previous work (e.g. Master or Bachelor advisor). You will be asked to provide email addresses of your referees, they will then be invited to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. You can monitor receipt of the letter within the online application tool; it is your responsibility to make sure that the referees submit their letters by the application deadline.
  • Two brief essays Furthermore, two brief essays are required: one describing the student’s motivation to apply for the PhD program, the other describing the reasons for their interest in selected research groups

There will be a placement test for all applicants. The test is made up by several questions on basic statistical knowledge.

Applications will be independently reviewed by multiple members of the department. The most promising candidates will be selected for interviews, based on academic qualification, research experience, motivation, scientific background and the letters of recommendation.

Please take note of the following rules:

  • You have to apply using our online application tool; applications submitted by mail or email will not be considered
  • You have to submit your application either in German or in English
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Please remember to formally submit your application by clicking the “Submit” button once your application is complete. Applications that are not submitted will not be considered
  • We do not charge application fees
  • The maximum file size per uploaded document is limited to 5 MB

Please note that the program does not provide any funding opportunities. If accepted, we request a guarantee of funding from your side; e.g. a scholarship. The monthly living costs in Munich are at least 1400€.