PhD Program

Vorsprung through courage, curiosity, enthusiasm - PhD students at Audi. Shape this Vorsprung with your spirit of exploration and your personality! We offer you freedom and possibilities to implement your ideas, a mentor concept and personal, individual support.

What you can expect

We at Audi are at your side as a reliable and practical application partner during your three-year PhD program. The job announcement describes the thematic framework of your doctorate in advance. Together with you and your academic supervisor, the topic will then be fleshed out. Awarding of your PhD will take place at the university. Your admission as a PhD student is, therefore, the sole responsibility of the university and is governed by the respective PhD regulations.

Internal PhD project

Internal PhD project

As an Audi employee with an employment 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 and professor. Internal PhD positions are announced on our career homepage.

External PhD project

External PhD project

With an external PhD project, your employment contract is for a position at the respective university and is limited to three years, during which you work on a research 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 job portals of the universities.

Proactive applications are unfortunately not possible for organizational reasons.


  • University graduates with above-average academic achievements and interest in an industry-related doctorate
  • Experience in scientific work
  • Practical experience through internships or first professional experience (up to 1 year of professional experience)
  • Experience abroad through study and / or internship is desirable


What else you need to know...

Individual guidance and further educational opportunities

The Audi PhD Program offers you the chance of individual support and further education during your work while providing you with the opportunity to build up an exciting network.

Individual support and further education

Intermediate feedback meeting
During an intermediate feedback meeting, the first year of the PhD program will be discussed with you and both with the supervisor of the department and of the PhD program.
Orientation meeting

An orientation meeting will take place about 9 months before the end of the PhD program. The aim of this interview is to discuss your plans regarding a possible future with Audi.


Feedback meeting
At the end of the PhD program, the past three years are discussed and there is the possibility to receive a structured feedback from your department at Audi or to give feedback yourself.
Seminars and professional development opportunities
During the Audi PhD program, students have the opportunity to take part in various seminars on interdisciplinary professional development. It is also possible for you to attend relevant training measures on the initiative of your department.


PhD student network
The Audi PhD student network offers you the opportunity to network with other Audi PhD students and PhD students in the Group through various events and to exchange ideas. This allows you to benefit from the knowledge of other PhD students and gives you the opportunity to broaden your own horizons.
Get involved in the PhD student network
The network thrives on the initiative and involvement of each individual. You can actively participate at any time and put your interest in contributing to the program by, for example, taking on responsibility as a spokesperson for PhD students or by working in various project groups.
Technical discussions and fireside chats
During technical discussions and informal fireside chats with managers and experts from AUDI AG, you have an opportunity to think outside the box and network across departments.
PhD Student Day
Audi holds a PhD Student Day each year with the aim of networking and exchanging ideas throughout the company on a specialized basis. Representatives of the universities will also be our guests on this day, in order to strengthen the dialogue between science and industry and to share ideas each other.

Your application

If we have open internal doctoral projects, you can find them here.

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