Upon submission of the mandatory copies to the Hochschulschriftenstelle (a division of the university library), you will be provided with a receipt confirming that you have met the duty to publish your work. As soon as you can provide the Early Career support with this receipt, your doctoral certificate will be handed over to you or sent by post, according to your preference. The doctoral certificate and the academic degree Dr. phil., Dr. rer. pol. or Ph.D. will be conferred simultaneously.
Please note that according to a directive issued by the Legal Department of the Freie Universität Berlin, the mere submission of a contract agreed with a publishing house does not constitute sufficient reason to confer doctoral certificate and academic degree.