PhD students accepted for the HEPP are typically awarded with a PhD contract at IPP or the partner universities.
- The formal prerequisite to be accepted for the HEPP is a master's or a diploma degree in physics or computer science or a similar degree.
- Applicants are expected to have good oral and written English language skills and may be asked to provide TOEFL, IELTS, or similar test scores.
- Applicants must provide names and addresses of two faculty members of the university from which the first degree has been obtained. These faculty members may be asked for letters of recommendation concerning the applicant.