Welcome to the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science

The Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science provides an optimal environment for pursuing doctoral studies in computer science at an internationally competitive level. As a student, you undergo research-oriented training and experience a stimulating and scientifically challenging atmosphere. Advised by internationally renowned scientists, you can participate in one of the many research groups and find your way into top-notch research.


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We offer a genuine doctoral program in English supported by the German Excellence Initiative. The Department of Computer Science at Saarland University runs the Graduate School in close cooperation with the internationally renowned research institutions:

  • Max Planck Institute for Informatics
  • Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
  • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • Intel Visual Computing Institute (IVCI)

They are all located right next to each other on our Saarbrücken campus. This unique research environment gives our Ph.D. candidates the chance to collaborate with some 180 researchers at the postdoctoral or professorial level and over 350 doctoral students, covering virtually all areas of computer science.


The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) runs in close collaboration with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science which is responsible for all Ph.D. candidates in Computer Science at Saarland University. IMPRS-CS doctoral researchers are members of the Graduate School.


EATCS Distinguished Dissertation Awards

One of the first three distinguished dissertation awards from the EATCS has gone to Karl Bringmann for his thesis: Sampling from Discrete Distributions and Computing Fréchet Distances. Congratulations!

Upcoming PhD thesis defenses

Be sure to check this page regularly. We are expecting a good number of our doctoral students to finish in 2015.

Thesis proposal talks

Don't miss our monthly events and the chance to get acquainted with the various research topics of your fellow doctoral students in Saarbrücken Computer Science.

Two more Google PhD fellowships

Two Saarbrücken PhD students have been awarded one of fifteen Google European Doctoral Fellowships for 2014. Congratulations to Natacha Crooks (Distributed Computing) and Sourav Dutta (Natural Language Processing)! In total, eight Google PhD Fellowships have gone to Saarbrücken Computer Science since Europe was included in the program.

Deutsche Telekom Foundation

One of only 12 doctoral fellowships nationwide for 2014 was awarded to Hazem Torfah after a highly selective nomination procedure. Congratulations to him and his supervisor, Prof. Bernd Finkbeiner!

Intel honors PhD students

Two of our PhD students were chosen for the Intel Doctoral Student Honor Programme - Manuel Gorius (Data Networks; Saarland University) and Sven Gehring (User Interfaces; Saarland University & DFKI) traveled to Barcelona to the awards ceremony in October 2012. Congratulations to the successful candidates and their advisors! Keep up the good work!

New perspectives for research

The Center for IT Security, Privacy and Accountability (CISPA) is the most recent addition to the research institutions in Informatics on the Saarbrücken Campus.  CISPA is a boost to the whole research area for which many new young researchers will be needed.