GLOMAR - Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences

General information

One of the main ob­jec­tives of MARUM is to train early career researchers to take on the di­ver­se chal­len­ges of top-le­vel re­se­arch, in­clu­ding cross-di­sci­pli­na­ry col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons and sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on to a broa­der pu­blic.

The gra­dua­te school ser­ves as a cen­tral plat­form for in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry trai­ning for doc­to­ral stu­dents in ma­ri­ne sci­en­ces at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men and its part­ner in­sti­tu­ti­ons. GLO­MAR fol­lows a three­fold stra­te­gy to pre­pa­re young ma­ri­ne sci­en­tists for their fu­ture ca­re­er:

  • Educating the students to become excellent young scientists in their respective fields,
  • Providing them with an interdisciplinary foundation and an international network, and
  • Giving them the opportunity to improve their transferable skills

We of­fer a broad ran­ge of trai­ning cour­ses, in­clu­ding in­tro­duc­to­ry, ex­pert, and trans­fe­ra­ble skills cour­ses. 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.

Key fea­tures of GLO­MAR:

  • Excellent research environment at MARUM and its partner institutions
  • Team supervision through a thesis committee
  • Interdisciplinary and structured PhD programme in English
  • Monthly research seminars under the guidance of a research associate in one of four research themes
  • Funding for conferences and research stays, or placements in industry
  • Intensive support for international students
  • Support for PhD students with children

Cour­ses and Trai­nings

MARUM and its Gra­dua­te School GLO­MAR of­fer a de­di­ca­ted cour­se pro­gram­me for Ear­ly Ca­re­er Re­se­ar­chers in ma­ri­ne sci­en­ces. We fol­low a de­fi­ned MARUM standard of education which aims to pro­vi­de ex­cel­lent trai­ning op­por­tu­nities.

A broad ran­ge of trans­fe­ra­ble skills trai­nings aim to fos­ter self-re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty and to pro­vi­de com­pe­ten­ces that are nee­ded in sci­ence and bey­ond. Ba­sic and spe­ci­fic know­ledge cour­ses aim to fill po­ten­ti­al gaps, pro­vi­de de­eper in­sights into the to­pic and into dif­fe­rent re­se­arch fiel­ds. Mul­ti- and trans­di­ci­pli­na­ry thin­king are an im­portant as­pect of our edu­ca­ti­on con­cept and are pro­mo­ted in all MARUM / GLO­MAR cour­ses.

With our edu­ca­tio­nal ac­tivi­ties, we clo­se­ly co­ope­ra­te with our part­ner in­sti­tu­ti­ons and wel­co­me PhD stu­dents and post­docs from AWI, ZMT, MPI, ICBM and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ol­den­burg in our cour­ses. In turn, MARUM Ear­ly Ca­re­er Re­se­ar­chers and GLO­MAR mem­bers have the op­por­tu­ni­ty to par­ti­ci­pa­te in training courses offered at our partner institutions.


Ca­re­er de­ve­lop­ment for Ear­ly Ca­re­er Re­se­ar­chers is a key ob­jec­tive of MARUM. To this end, a num­ber of re­sour­ces and pro­gram­mes are of­fe­red to as­sist PhD stu­dents and Post­docs in re­flec­ting on their ca­re­er and to de­ve­lop a ca­re­er stra­te­gy.

Our of­fers in­clu­de

Op­por­tu­nities to meet sci­en­tists in non-aca­de­mic fiel­ds

How to... Work­shops and Trai­nings

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.

Application Procedure:

PhD stu­dents em­ploy­ed at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bre­men or one of its part­ner in­sti­tu­ti­ons may ap­p­ly for ad­mis­si­on within the first 3 months of their PhD project.

The application must include the following documents:

(plea­se make sure to stick to the or­der as lis­ted be­low)

  • Application form (see documents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter (please include an explanation why you would like to become a member of GLOMAR)
  • Description of your 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

Plea­se com­bi­ne all do­cu­ments into one single PDF and send it to glo­mar(at)

Ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons must be sub­mit­ted within the first 3 months of the PhD pro­ject. This 3 months pe­ri­od has been de­fi­ned to give the PhD stu­dents en­ough time to fol­low the GLO­MAR cur­ri­cu­lum and to se­cu­re ear­ly in­vol­ve­ment of a the­sis com­mit­tee.

In ex­cep­tio­nal ca­ses, PhD stu­dents can be ac­cep­ted af­ter the three months have pas­sed. Howe­ver, PhD stu­dents are re­qui­red to con­tact the GLOMAR programme manager to dis­cuss their case.

PhD students from other graduate programmes (ArcTrain, INTERCOAST, ...):

GLO­MAR wel­co­mes all mem­bers of gra­dua­te pro­gram­mes in ma­ri­ne sci­en­ces in Bre­men, such as Arc­Train or IN­TER­CO­AST.

Applications from PhD students in other programmes must include the following documents:

(plea­se make sure to stick to the or­der as lis­ted be­low)

  • Application form (see documents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Outline of the PhD project

Plea­se com­bi­ne all do­cu­ments into one sin­gle PDF and send it to the GLOMAR programme manager.

Grant Opportunities:

GLO­MAR ma­kes avail­able funds to sup­port spe­ci­fic ca­te­go­ries of gra­dua­te stu­dent pro­fes­sio­nal de­ve­lop­ment.

How to apply for funding?


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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