Elite Graduate Programs
Studying at the highest level: Elite Graduate Programs provide exceptional studying conditions. They offer students an excellent teaching program as well as close, personal guidance and feature an international and often interdisciplinary focus. Elite Graduate Programs are offered in various subject areas at Bavarian universities; the spectrum ranges from data science and neuroengineering to translational medicine and Middle Eastern cultural studies.
Challenging programs for outstanding students
All Elite Graduate Programs guarantee ideal conditions for highly motivated, academically outstanding students to develop and progress. In addition to excellent academic and personal guidance, these programs offer high-quality teaching with an emphasis on research; they feature key international dimensions, often adopt an interdisciplinary approach and offer a diverse range of extra-curricular activities and events to support students’ personal development, such as specialist seminars and field trips.
Elite Graduate Programs are offered in all disciplines at universities across Bavaria. Most take the form of Master’s courses.
Students are expected to be enthusiastic, take a keen interest in their subject area and display exceptional commitment to their studies. The application procedure is transparent and based on applicants’ achievements. Applications are submitted directly for individual programs.
International network, wide-ranging possibilities
Elite Graduate Programs integrate our students into a valuable, international network that spans disciplines and universities. They afford students the opportunity to participate in events organized by the Elite Network of Bavaria, such as the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.
In addition to their high academic standards, our programs prepare young people to bear responsibility in society, while simultaneously equipping them with the skills and qualifications needed both for careers in cutting-edge research and for leadership positions in the world of work.
Elite Graduate Programs offer potential
Bavarian universities can expand and differentiate their range of courses by offering Elite Graduate Programs that transcend conventional disciplines and structures.
The State Ministry of Science and the Arts supports Elite Graduate Programs for up to two funding periods (ten years in total) as part of the Elite Network of Bavaria. Participating universities then have the option to provide their own financing in order to continue offering an Elite Graduate Program under the umbrella of the Elite Network of Bavaria. If they choose to do so, the program is to be subject to the Elite Network's quality checks.
Tackling COVID-19 together
Professors and students of the Erlangen Elite Graduate Program "Integrated Immunology" are engaged in research and diagnostics in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.