We challenge you to complete your PhD in 3 years. That means we look for intrinsically motivated students who will excel in our academic culture based on  research freedom.


At PACE, mathematicians talk to mechanical engineers, and physisists collaborate with software engineers. You will also profit from an extensive academic network far beyond Paderborn University.


We understand doctoral students need to focus on research. That is why we do not require you to teach. We also help you structure your 3 years to ensure success. And we take care of all the time-consuming administrative details.


We have excellent partnerships with companies such as Daimler, Lufthansa and Wincor Nixdorf. Through projects with our industry partners, your research can provide solutions to real world business problems.


Our students come from all over the world. During our program they can take advantage of a full program of intercultural activities, soft skill training, company visits, and German language classes.


At PACE you receive financial aid in the form of a fellowship or employment, and reimbursement of  travel costs. We even reimburse the costs of your admission interview, whether you are accepted or not.