GLOMAR - Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences

General information

The Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences (GLOMAR) hosts more than 100 Ph.D. students from all fields of marine sciences who pursue their Ph.D. project at the University of Bremen or at Jacobs University Bremen. 

The GLOMAR research training programme is designed to ensure optimum conditions for doctoral candidates in pursuing their doctoral studies. It provides a unique discipline-specific and interdisciplinary training in the relevant natural and social sciences which ensures that all research postgraduates acquire the research skills and competencies necessary to complete their research theses and to continue their career in academia, industry or administration.

Supervision of each Ph.D. student is in the hands of a thesis committee that consists of the main supervisor, an independent senior scientist, a third scientist that could be the PhD student's immediate research advisor (often junior scientists such as assistant or junior professors, and postdocs), and if suitable, an external (international) scientist. The thesis committee advises the PhD student on all scientific and management aspects of the research project she/he is involved in and monitors the progress of the PhD student.

GLOMAR offers a broad range of training courses in five different categories: (1) Knowledge Base, (2) Basic Skills / Methods, (3) Specific Knowledge, (4) Transferable Skills and (5) Overarching Topics. More information about the course programme is available here. To complement the training programme, GLOMAR also closely cooperates with other graduate schools in the region. English is the primary language for all communication and classes.

Mobility and networking on an international level are an important part of a career in science. GLOMAR encourages its PhD students  to spend a research stay or placement (internship) at another institution, preferably abroad. The graduate school offers financial support to its members for such a research stay for up to 6 months. Further financial support is available for participation in international conferences and workshops.

To foster interdisciplinary thinking and working, GLOMAR offers monthly research seminars which are guided by research associates from a similar field. These seminars offer the opportunity to meet other Ph.D. students and for a broad exchange about the research topics and all challenges that scientists may face during the period of their Ph.D. To account for the transition phase between the Ph.D. project and the future career, the graduate school offers different programmes and events for its members to help them make decisions and take the right steps. These measures include career fairs, fireside chats with professionals from industry, Meet&Greets with senior scientists, and a coaching programme for female scientists.

Ph.D. students from other countries who wish to spend some time at MARUM for a research stay, can apply for some support funding for up to 3 months. For further information about the research placement programme, please see here.

Contact Person: Dr. Christina Klose (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031 - Project management", "0031- Personal skills and communication


Venue: MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences
Bremen, Germany

GLOMAR Office - MARUM II building, room 3120
Leobener Strasse, D - 28359 Bremen



Participation in the programme is available at no charge.


GLOMAR accepts Ph.D. students in marine sciences who have already started their Ph.D. at the University of Bremen or at Jacobs University.

Application Procedure:

PhD students employed at the University of Bremen or at one of the partner institutions in marine sciences in Bremen and Bremerhaven may apply for admission within the first three months of their Ph.D. period

PhD students employed at the University of Bremen
Please combine the following documents into one single PDF and send it to

  • Application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter (please include an explanation why you would like to become a member of GLOMAR)
  • Description of the PhD project
  • Letter from your supervisor confirming that (a) you have been selected in a competitive selection process, (b) the supervisor is willing to share your supervision with a thesis committee and (c) she/he agrees that you are expected to follow the graduate school’s curriculum.

Applications from PhD students in other programmes (ArcTrain, INTERCOAST ...) must combine the following documents into one single PDF and send it to the GLOMAR Scientific Coordinator, Dr. Christina Klose (

Grant Opportunities:

GLOMAR does not provide funding for Ph.D. projects. The graduate school offers support funding for two research placements per year for external Ph. D. students to do research at MARUM for a period of up to 3 months.


GLOMAR PhD students who successfully complete the research training programme, will receive a GLOMAR Certificate presented to them during a graduation ceremony. The GLOMAR Certificate is awarded to PhD students who obtained a minimum of 65 GLOMAR Credit Points (GLOMAR credit points do not equal ECTS credits).


Academic level: PhD

Qualification: Graduate Certificate
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