The Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics is a joint venture of the department of mathematics at ETH (D-MATH) and the Institute of Mathematics at University Zurich (I-MATH). Collaborating closely in research fields and programs in the past, the departments founded the Graduate School in 2003 to offer a common and internationally recognized PhD-education in all major areas of mathematics and hence extend and enrich the sense of community.
At this time we are working on a structured PhD-program including existing activities such as the Zurich Graduate Colloquium in Mathematics, several International Research Training Groups as well as graduate courses, research seminars, lectures, workshops, summer schools and conferences. The close cooperation with the FIM (Forschungsinstitut für Mathematik) and further special events will provide an international and challenging atmosphere. A broad spectrum of scholary activities completes the program.
You find on this website various informations about our Graduate School such as its academic programm and the online application form.
All of us in the Graduate School wish you good fortune as you pursue your advanced degree, and we hope you will contact us if we can help you along the way. Graduate study is exhilarating and life-changing.
Prof. Thomas Kappeler, Prof. Michael Struwe
Directors of the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics
The Graduate Campus of the University of Zurich has been established to support PhD students and Postdocs in their scientific career. The Campus offers funding for interdisciplinary activities, access to a large network of junior researchers and organizes courses, e.g. on transferable skills.
In a joint effort of the research groups at the Department of Mathematics at ETH (D-MATH) and the Institute of Mathematics at University Zurich (I-MATH) we offer an intensive, broad and internationally recognized graduate education in mathematics.
The program consists of a wide range of graduate courses and research seminars and is complemented by the program of the Forschungsinstitut für Mathematik. Moreover, special programs are launched that include block-courses and sequences of lectures focussing on recent developments. It offers a broad spectrum of scholarly activity and a challenging and stimulating atmosphere so as to provide young researchers with an excellent base for a career in mathematical research.
In collaboration with the Institute of Mathematics at Humboldt University Berlin the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics is participating in an International Graduate College, thus providing the students with an international framework for exchanging ideas and experiences in research and instruction.
Our Graduate School consists of faculty, graduate students, a number of postdocs and some affiliated members. It is within the obligations of all these members of the Graduate School to contribute to its scientific life and to regularly participate in the various seminars, colloquia and courses offered within the program of the school.
Zurich Lectures in Advanced Mathematics (ZLAM, grown out of Lectures in Mathematics)
(In cooperation with FIM.)
Edited by: Erwin Bolthausen (Managing Editor), Freddy Delbaen, Thomas Kappeler (Managing Editor), Christoph Schwab, Michael Struwe, Gisbert Wüstholz
Mathematics in Zurich has a long and distinguished tradition, in which the writing of lecture notes volumes and research monographs play a prominent part. The “Zurich Lectures in Advanced Mathematics” series aims to make some of these publications better known to a wider audience. The series has three main constituents: lecture notes on advanced topics given by internationally renowned experts, graduate text books designed for the joint graduate program in Mathematics of the ETH and the University of Zurich, as well as contributions from researchers in residence at the mathematics research institute, FIM-ETH. Moderately priced, concise and lively in style, the volumes of this series will appeal to researchers and students alike, who seek an informed introduction to important areas of current research.
Publishing house of the European Mathematical Society (Series: Zurich Lectures in advanced Mathematics)
We offer a number of PhD-positions to excellent students each year. Beyond a number of grants for graduate students is given. Please find further details as well as the online application form
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The Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics covers a broad spectrum
of research fields in mathematics.
As PhD student you should fill in the “Course List for Doctoral Students”.
This course list provides proof of the courses you have successfully completed during your doctoral studies and of the credit units you have earned. Every course that you have attended has to be signed by the instructor of the course. The complete course list has to be signed by your advisor.
Additional requirements for students enrolled at ETH:
After the signature of the advisor the course list finally has to be signed by the chair of the doctoral committee. For this signature you should hand in the course list at the secretariat of D-Math at ETH main building, room HG G 33.4 (phone +41 44 632 3737). You should hand in the course list together with the form “Registration for doctoral examination” which you find here. Please don’t contact the chair of the doctoral committee directly.
Please remember to fill in the course list timely to be sure that the course instructor is available for the signature.
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s leading provider of scientific research funding. Actually the SNSF is supporting several projects of the ZGSM.
Most of the PhD fellowships of the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics are teaching fellowships. Typically graduate students teach exercise classes for undergraduates in German. We expect that PhD students from abroad acqire within the first year of their studies adequate proficiency in German for teaching math classes.
As a courtesy ZGSM offers German language program for their members specially designed to aquire the needed skills in German within their first two years of study. The courses cover the international standards A1, A2 and B1. As a special feature the course at level B1 includes practice classes for teaching mathematics in German. By the end of the first respectively second year students have the possibility of taking the exam of the certificate for the level A2 respectively B1 of the Goethe Institut.
To a large extent, the courses are financially supported by the ZGSM. However we ask each participant for a financial contribution.
Our course program is a two-year program. The first year program is intensive but leaves ample time for reasearch, graduate course work and research seminars. Our aim is to enable all members of the ZGSM in relatively short time to communicate in German in daily life, thus making life in Zurich much more enjoyable.
|Advanced Topics in Probability
|Di, 10.15-12.00 Y27H46
Di, 15.00-16.45 Y27H12
Fr, 13.00-14.45 Y27H12
Ashkan Nikeghbali | | MAT941.1 |
Algebraic Geometry | Di, 15.15-17.00 ETH HG E 1.2
Do, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 26.5
Rahul Pandharipande | 401-3146-12V | | 2
Algebraic Topology II | Mi, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 26.5
Fr, 08.15-10.00 ETH HG G 26.5
Paul Biran | 401-3002-12G | | 3
Brownian Motion and Stochastic Calculus | Di, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG E 1.1
Mi, 08.15-10.00 ETH HG E 1.1
Pierre Nolin | 401-3642-00V | | 2
Classical Mechanics for Mathematicians | Di, 13.00-14.45 Y27H12
Mi, 10.15-12.00 Y36K08
Do, 10.15-12.00 Y27H12
Marcello Porta | | MAT629.1 |
Combinatorial Optimization | Do, 16.15-18.00 ETH HG G 26.1
Rico Zenklusen | 401-4904-00V | | 2
Combinatorics of integer partitions | Di, 13.00-14.45 Y27H25
Bis 8.4. jeweils am Freitag, 10:15-11:00, im Raum 27-H-28
Ab 13.4. jeweils am Mittwoch, 12:15-13:00, im Raum 27-H-28
Jehanne Dousse | | MAT648.1 | 2
Computational Methods for Quantitative Finance: PDE Methods | Mi, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG D 1.2
Fr, 13.15-14.00 ETH HG D 1.2
Christoph Schwab | 401-4658-00V | | 3
Computational Quantum Physics | Di, 09.45-11.30 ETH HIT H 42
Sebastian Huber | 402-0810-00V | | 2
Convex Optimization | Do, 15.00-17.00 Y35F32
Michel Baes | | MAT932.1 | 2
Differential Geometry II | Mo, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG D 3.2
Mi, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG E 1.2
Marc Burger | 401-3532-00V | | 3
Diffusion Processes | Mo, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG E 33.1
Ron Rosenthal | 401-4614-16V | | 2
Enumerative combinatorics | Di, 08.00-09.45 Y27H12
Mi, 10.15-12.00 Y27H25
Valentin Féray | | MAT969.1 | 2
Functional Analysis II | Mo, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 5
Do, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG G 5
Dietmar Salamon | 401-3462-00V | | 3
General Relativity for Mathematicians | Do, 15.00-17.00 Y27H25
Michele Schiavina | | MAT751.1 | 2
Geometric and Topological Aspects of Coxeter Groups and Buildings | Mi, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 43
Anne Thomas | 401-5004-16V | | 2
Geometric Integer Programming | Do, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG G 26.3
Fr, 09.15-10.00 ETH HG G 26.3
Robert Weismantel | 401-3903-11V | | 2
Graph Theory | Mi, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG E 1.1
Do, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG E 1.1
Benjamin Sudakov | 401-3052-05V | | 2
Harmonic Analysis: Theory and Applications in Advanced Signal Processing | Mi, 10.15-12.00 ETH ETZ E 7
Do, 10.15-12.00 ETH ETZ E 7
Helmut Bölcskei | 227-0434-00V | | 2
High Dimensional Expanders | Di, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 43
Alexander Lubotzky | 401-5002-16V | | 2
Interest Rate Modeling in Discrete Time | Do, 08.15-10.00 ETH HG D 7.1
Mario Valentin Wüthrich | 401-3953-00V | | 2
Introduction to Harmonic Analysis | Mi, 08.15-10.00 ETH HG F 26.5
Vedran Sohinger | 401-3422-15V | | 1
Introduction to optimal transport and applications | Do, 10.15-12.00 Y27H46
Maria Colombo | | MAT647.1 | 2
Introduction to String Theory | Di, 08.45-10.30 ETH HIT F 32
Christoph Andreas Keller | 402-0897-00V | | 2
Introduction to the Regularity Theory in Free Boundary Problems | Mo, 13.00-14.45 Y27H26
Karen Yeressian Negarchi | | MAT651.1 | 2
Inverse Problems | Di, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG G 5
Fr, 10.15-11.00 ETH HG E 33.5
Rima Alaifari | 401-4653-63G | | 2
Market-Consistent Actuarial Valuation | Mo, 16.15-18.00 ETH HG D 1.1
Mario Valentin Wüthrich | 401-4920-00V | | 1
Mathematics of Super-Resolution Biomedical Imaging | Mo, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG E 22
Do, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG E 22
Habib Ammari | 401-4788-16G | | 3
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos II | Mi, 10.15-12.00 ETH NO D 11
Do, 16.15-17.00 ETH ML J 34.3
George Haller | 151-0530-00G | | 2
Numerical Analysis of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations | Mi, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 26.3
Do, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 26.3
Arnulf Jentzen | 401-4606-00G | | 3
Numerical Methods for Hyperbolic PDEs | Di, 08.15-10.00 Y27H46
Mi, 08.15-10.00 Y27H46
Mi, 10.15-12.00 Y27H46
Rémi Abgrall | | MAT827.1 | 3
Quantitative Risk Management | Do, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 3
Paul Embrechts | 401-3629-00V | | 2
Quantum Field Theory II | Di, 12.45-13.30 ETH HCI J 3
Fr, 08.45-10.30 ETH HCI J 7
Gino Isidori | 402-0844-00V | | 3
Selected Topics in Probability | Fr, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 26.1
Alain-Sol Sznitman | 401-4605-16V | | 2
Spatial Statistics | Blockkurs vom 6.6. - 10.6.2016, 9:00 - 17:00, 27-H-46
Emilio Porcu | | STA651.1 | 1
Stochastic Loss Reserving Methods | Mi, 16.15-18.00 ETH ML E 12
René Dahms | 401-3917-00V | | 1
Survival Analysis | Di, 09.00-11.00 Y13L11/13
Di, 11.15-12.00 Y13L11/13
Torsten Hothorn | | STA425.1 |
Topics in Automorphic Forms | Do, 08.15-10.00 ETH HG G 26.1
Paul D. Nelson | 401-3108-16V | | 2
Topics in Mathematical and Computational Fluid Dynamics | Di, 15.15-17.00 ETH HG G 26.3
Siddhartha Mishra | 401-4766-16V | | 2
Topics in Number Theory | Do, 10.15-12.00 Y27H25
Nahid Walji | | MAT550.1 | 2
Unitary Representations of Lie Groups and Discrete Subgroups of Lie Groups | Mi, 08.15-10.00 ETH HG G 26.5
Fr, 10.15-12.00 ETH HG G 26.5
Manfred Einsiedler | 401-3226-01G | | 3
Variational Approach to SPDEs and Corresponding Fokker-Planck-Kolmogorov Equations | Do, 14.15-16.00 ETH HG G 19.2
Michael Röckner | 401-5006-16V | | 2
M. D. Robinson
S. Van de Geer
C. De Lellis
C. De la Cruz Mengual
|Algebraic Geometry and Moduli Seminar
|Wed, 13.30-15.00 ETH HG G 43
|Tue, 15.15-17.00 ETH
|F. Da Lio, T. Ilmanen, T. Kappeler, T. Rivière, M. Struwe
|Thu, 17.15-18.45 Y27H25
|M. Chipot, D. Klatte
|Arbeitsgemeinschaft in Codierungstheorie und Kryptographie
|Wed, 15.00-17.00 Y27H28
|E. Gorla, J. Rosenthal
|Tue, 11.15-12.15 Y27H28
|P.-O. Dehaye, V. Féray
|Epidemiology and Biostatistics Methods Seminar
|Thu, 14.00-15.45 HRS F05
|Wed, 15.45-18.00 ETH
|M. Burger, M. Einsiedler, A. Iozzi, U. Lang, V. Schroeder, A. Sisto
|Min-Max Methods for the Constructions of Minimal Surfaces
|Thu, 13.15-15.00 ETH HG G 43
|Number Theory Seminar
|Fri, 14.15-15.00 ETH HG G 43
|Ö. Imamoglu, P.S. Jossen, E. Kowalski, P.D. Nelson, R. Pink
|Fri, 13.00-14.30 Y27H25
|M. Chipot, S. Sauter
|Oberseminar: Algebraische Geometrie
|Mon, 13.15-14.45 Y27H25
|J. Ayoub, Ch. Okonek, G. Wüstholz
|Mon, 16.30-17.30 ETH HG G 19.1
|R. Weismantel, R. Zenklusen
|PDE and Mathematical Physics
|Thu, 18.15-19.15 Y27H35/36
|C. De Lellis, T. Kappeler, B. Schlein
|Reading Course: Counting Designs
|T. S. Luria
|Reading Course: Deformation Theory
|Thu, 13.15-15.00 ETH ML J 37.1
|Research Seminar in Applied Statistics
|Thu, 16.00-18.00 Y27H46
|R. Furrer, T. Hothorn
|Research Seminar on Statistics
|Fri, 15.00-16.00 n.n.
|P. Bühlmann, L. Held, S. Van de Geer, M.
|Wed, 17.15-19.00 Y27H25
|J. Bertoin, E. Bolthausen, A. Knowles, A. Nikeghbali, P. Nolin, B. Schlein, A. Sznitman, W. Werner
|Symplectic Geometry Seminar
|Mon, 15.15-17.00 ETH HG G 43
|P. Biran, A. Cannas da Silva, D. Salamon
|Talks in Financial and Insurance Mathematics
|Thu, 17.15-18.00 ETH HG G 43
|P. Embrechts, M. Schweizer, M. Soner, M.V. Wüthrich
|Talks in mathematical physics
|Thu, 15.15-17.00 ETH HG G 43
|A. Beliakova, A. S. Cattaneo, G. Felder, J. Fröhlich, M Gaberdiel, G. Graf, H. Knörrer, Th. Willwacher
Seminar: Selected Topics in Representation Theory Fri, 10.15-12.00 Y27H46
R. Fonseca Gomes de Campos
Additional Courses: see semester program of ETH and UZH
Weekly bulletin of FIM: current information about lectures, colloquia and further events.
By collaborations with other graduate schools the Zurich Graduate School
in Mathematics provides an international framework for exchanging
ideas and experiences in research and instruction.
Doing a PhD in Zurich
Associations for PhD students
For members of UZH and ETH
Life in Zurich
We appreciate that you are interested in admission to the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics. In order to cultivate and broaden our truly diverse population and a lively international research atmosphere we offer a number of PhD-positions to excellent students each year.
The Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics only accepts online applications. Please refrain from sending paper based applications.
The application process of the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics is devided into two phases:
Online application. Only electronic documents are required here.
Registration and enrollment at University or ETH. Certified copies and / or original documents are required.
For admission to the 3 year doctoral program a the candidates should have a Master or Diploma degree in mathematics equivalent to the degrees of the ETH Zurich respectively of the University of Zurich. Specific requirements such as examinations can be necessary.
Submission of the online application
In phase 1 only online applications are accepted. Applicants should fill in the online application form completely and send the supplemental electronic documents by the dates of the current application period.
Our application deadlines are announced on this site. However, applicants are invited to send their applications at any time. Only complete applications, including also the letters of recommendation (sent by mail) can be regarded.
Supplement electronic documents: Transcripts and letters of recommendation
In addition to the online application we require electronic versions of your transcripts and, if available, a certificate of the master degree or equivalent. After you will have submitted the application you will receive automatically a mail with an address where you can upload electronic copies of your documents especially transcripts and degrees. Only pdf-documents are accepted. (To convert a paper document into an electronic file you can use a scanner or a fax machine and a free e-fax account.) The upload function will only be valid for seven days after submission of the application. After this you can still see the status of your application and of the incoming letters of recommendation.
Furthermore we require three letters of recommendation as an e-mail, preferably including one of the master thesis advisor. The letters shall be send by the recommenders to email@example.com soon after the application has been sent. Applicants are supposed to ask their recommenders for the letter. To guarantee the correct assignment of the letters applicants have to give the recommenders names and email addresses in the application form.
Please refrain from sending any hard copies or additional documents in this phase of the application process. Additional documents you submit unasked are not accepted and they will not be considered for your application.
Special Requirements of ETH and University of Zurich
In the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics the departments of mathematics of ETH and University decide in common about graduate applicants (phase 1). Specific requirements for the admission to the Graduate School will be necessary in the second phase.
Decisions of the admission committee and information to the applicants
The admission committee of the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics will decide about the applications. All applicants will be informed by mail about the results.
In case your application will pass the first selection you will be invited to send further information (e.g. attestations, language tests, certified transcripts, original letters of recommendation).
In some cases questionable candidates might be invited to the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics to have some enquiry talks with the professors.
ETH and University - some differences
After being accepted by the graduate school you have to enroll at ETH or University of Zurich, depending to the departement the supervising professor belongs to. The enrollment procedures of ETH and University differ. Specific requirements such as examinations can be necessary. For detailed information see the regulations of ETH Zurich and University of Zurich.
Information Leaflet for Postgraduate Students: Admission for Doctorate Studies
Scheme: enrollment and registration (german only)
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How to apply to the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics
To apply for the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics fill out this form completely. This application form has to be submitted prior to submitting supporting documents. Fields with an * have to be filled in. After submitting your application you will automatically receive an e-mail with an address to which you can upload electronic files of necessary supporting documents, especially transcripts and degrees.
For further details please read carefully the instructions (see admission process).
Our application deadlines are April 30, September 30, and December 30. The current period is announced here. However, applications are accepted at all times. The applicant should necessarily arrange that his recommenders mentioned in the application form send their recommendations shortly after the application.
The requirements for an admission to our Graduate School are a masters degree or a diploma. Only excellent and outstanding applicants can be affiliated by way of an exception.
Candidates for the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics should have a degree in mathematics. Degrees in math-related subjects can be accepted if the candidates`fields of studies fit into our program.
In the first phase of the admission process the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics only admits electronic documents. They can be uploaded in addition to the online application. In particular transcripts and, if available, a certificate of the master degree or equivalent are required. The letters of recommendation are supposed to be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org (see also in the application form). Applicants are supposed to give the recommenders email addresses in the application form.
In this phase of the application process no hard copies or additional documents that are submitted unasked will be considered.
After being accepted by the graduate school you have to enroll at ETH or University of Zurich, depending to the department the supervising professor belongs to. The enrollment procedures of ETH and University differ. Specific requirements such as examinations can be necessary. For detailed information see the regulations of ETH Zurich and University of Zurich.
The language of the lectures is English and German, in particular many of the more advanced classes are offered in English. However, to take part in our PhD-Program as well as for daily life in Zurich it is necessary to speak a little German at least.
The Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics offers intensive German language courses for foreigners specially designed for graduate students who want to acquire sufficient german language skills.
Information about further German courses:
If you specify in your application names of potential or desired supervisors, your application details will be passed on to those persons. If you know the professors you want to be supervised by it makes sense to contact them, too. Nevertheless, please address your application to the secretary of the Graduate School.
Students with an offer to the graduate program are generally awarded a teaching assistantship, which is renewed after one year for students making satisfactory progress towards their degree. The type of support may sometimes vary. For those applicants who do not speak enough German or English the Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics offers a small number of scholarships. These scholarships last up to one year and are meant to begin the research work as well as to learn German. During this time the candidates do not have any teaching duty. The decision is made when the admission committee considers the application.
You will find here some information about the costs of living in Zurich:
Before beginning a PhD-program there is an application fee of 110,- CHF. The examination fee at the end is 380,-. The tuition fees are singular 1200,-CHF, they are payed at the end of the program.
Ph.D. students have to pay a tuition-fee of Fr. 282.– CHF per semester.
For some helpful addresses see:
Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics
The Zurich Graduate School in Mathematics offes several PhD positions each year. Applicants are invited to send their application online.
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