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The Audi doctorate programme

Are you prepared to challenge established norms? Do you have an inquiring mind and innovative ideas? If your university studies whetted your appetite for academic research, but practical application is important to you as well, We have the solution: the Audi doctoral programme.

Experience science at Audi


Audi stands for “Vorsprung durch Technik”. To make sure we continue to set new standards in technology and innovation, we are already working on future mobility. Doctoral students, professors and representatives of AUDI AG have the shared goal of making “Vorsprung durch Technik” a reality. Together, we combine technical know-how with scientific expertise to develop the car of the future.

Outstanding options: the Audi doctoral programme


Your doctorate will be carried out at university. Your admission as a doctoral student is therefore solely the responsibility of the university and is governed by the respective doctoral degree regulations. At Audi, we will be your reliable corporate partner as part of our three-year doctoral program. The job advertisement describes the thematic framework of your doctorate. Together with you and your supervising professor, the topic will then be specified individually.

The Audi doctoral programme carries many advantages for you: in addition to three years of work experience, you will have the opportunity to present your topic to employees and external guests during the annual Pro.Motion doctorate day. As part of specialist networking sessions you will be able to engage in intensive discourse with other PhD students and extend your professional horizons. Fireside chats, alumni presentations or our annual excursions offer you ways of making interesting contacts and setting up a cross-departmental network. Soft-skills seminars on personal further development round off the offering.

Before you complete your doctorate, we will take a look at your future career together: During an orientation meeting, we will discuss the options for your future career with Audi.

Audi has two doctoral project models:

Internal doctoral project

As an internal employee with a 20-hour contract limited to three years, you work on a research project that is relevant for Audi. In doing so, the subject of the dissertation as well as the associated research question is defined in close consultation with the respective university.

Please apply for positions advertised with complete application documentation (curriculum vitae, cover letter, certificates for professional and practical experience) through our online application tool.

External doctoral project

With an external doctoral project, your employment contract is for a position at the respective university and is limited to three years, during which you work on a doctoral project that is relevant for Audi. The specific content is based on the university’s research question and is defined in coordination with all project partners.

You can find current research topics as well as information on the associated application process on the websites of our partner universities.

Notes regarding the application and current vacancies


Please observe the following requirements for your application:

  • University graduate with above-average academic record and interest in an industry-related doctorate
  • Experience in scientific work
  • Practical experience through internships or initial career experience (max. 1 year of career experience)
  • International experience through studies and/or an internship abroad is a plus