I applied for a scholarship waiting for its result. I also found a part-time teaching job. I am a bit confused about this process because all the other Ph.D. programs I applied for required me to submit an application that could either be rejected or accepted. I will need a document certifying my acceptance into a university if I get its scholarship. But I can't figure out whether having a supervisor by itself guarantees admission and the application I will submit is just a bureaucratic process, or I might be rejected for some reason. I need to know this since I have to either sign a contract for my part-time job or accept offers from other universities.

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    There are some formal requirements you need to fulfill, e.g. you commonly need to have a master's or similar degree, have the right to study in that country (i.e. citizenship or the right visa) and in theory the university could decline you if you are "unworthy" of having an academic title by e.g. having committed serious academic fraud (think faking data for published papers, accepting large bribes as a TA and so on, the stuff that would get a PhD revoked if found out later). Otherwise, if you get a professor to sign the paperwork for supervising, you are in.
    – mlk
    Commented Jun 4, 2022 at 17:18
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    @mlk: I'd be a bit careful with the claim that there are no deadlines. When I recently started a position at university of Wuppertal and took a PhD student, I had to learn that they will only accept enrollment of PhD students at the beginning of each semester. Commented Jun 5, 2022 at 6:55
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    @JochenGlueck You might be right about that. It was not a problem for me, but every university's bureaucracy is different and in my case it might have also been no problem because I was already enrolled as a master's student in the same place. But you bring up another good point, this is something the supervisor has an interest in happening correctly and possibly an ability to help with.
    – mlk
    Commented Jun 5, 2022 at 7:05
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    Is there anything which speaks against doing the admission process before you get the scholarship? AFAIK in Germany there is no need to prove funding if you enroll for a PhD - it is entirely up to you how you fund your PhD.
    – user151413
    Commented Jun 5, 2022 at 20:40
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    The advisor can, and probably will, tell you of any required steps or put you in touch with someone who can, and who can also give you timeframes and deadlines. Ask. Only the institution can give you a definitive answer.
    – Buffy
    Commented Jun 6, 2022 at 15:26


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