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.


Next application deadline

End of April for uptake in October 2014. Details here.

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!

Upcoming PhD thesis defenses

Be sure to check this page regularly. We are expecting a good number of our doctoral students to finish during the current winter semester.

Another Google PhD award

Another Saarbrücken PhD student was honored in the fifth year of the Google Doctoral Fellowship Program. One of 39 awards worldwide and of only 13 in Europe went to Sigurd Schneider for his work on Compiler Technology. Congratulations to Sigurd and his supervisors Sebastian Hack and Gert Smolka! This was the sixth Google PhD Fellowship to go to Saarbrücken Computer Science since Europe was included in the program.

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!

Passion for research

Our Graduate School was successful in the second round of the German Excellence Initiative and can look forward to growing in the next five years.


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. It runs under the direction of Prof. Michael Backes who was joined by Prof. Christian Hammer and Prof. Dominique Schröder last year. CISPA is a boost to the whole research area for which many new young researchers will be needed.