Biozentrum Ph.D. Fellowships Program in University of Basel, Switzerland

Designation/Position- Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Program

University of Basel, Switzerland invites application for Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Program from for eligible and interested candidates

About- The Biozentrum encourages talented, ambitious and highly motivated young scientists from all over the world to apply for the prestigious and sought after fellowships offered by the Biozentrum Basel International PhD Program. In contrast to many other PhD student programs that aim at a broad recruitment of many candidates, the “Biozentrum PhD Fellowships” are awarded on a competitive basis to a maximum of 10 successful candidates per open call. Recipients are offered a unique rotation-based selection of a research group of choice and a number of other incentives that foster the scientific excellence and the career prospects of these PhD candidates.

Research/Job Area- Offered by University

Location- University of Basel, Switzerland


  • You must hold or expect soon a university degree that qualifies you for a Ph.D. program at the University of Basel (MSc and equivalent).
  • Candidates with a 4-year Bachelor’s degree, typically from outside the Bologna system, are also eligible to apply.
  • These will be able to complete a Master’s program on a fast-track at the University of Basel as part of their fellowship. 
  • If you have already enrolled at the Biozentrum or plan to start your Ph.D. thesis before September 1, or respectively March 1, of the same year as the open call, you are no longer eligible to apply. 

Job/Position Description- 

Excellent students from all over the world are encouraged to apply for the prestigious “Fellowships for Excellence” program.

The aim of the fellowships which are sponsored by the Werner Siemens-Foundation and the University of Basel is to select and promote highly talented graduate students in the area of Life Sciences. The fellowships offer direct access to the PhD program of the Biozentrum, University of Basel, additional financial support financial support, a rotation-based selection of the research group, and support for the attendance of scientific meetings and courses during the PhD.

Important dates for the next callsWinter Call ’20/21Summer Call ’21
Start of online applications:September 1April
Closing date for applications: November 12June
Notification of shortlisted candidates:December 2beginning July
Interview days:February 1-5end of August
Decision of acceptance:February 22end of August
Possible start of rotations/thesis:1.3.2021-1.9.20211.9.2021-1.3.2022

Selection procedure

  • After the closing date for the open call, applications will be evaluated by all group leaders of the Biozentrum. Based on the feedback from their peers, the Program Committee will shortlist 20-30 candidates who will be invited to the Biozentrum for an interview week (travel and accommodation provided by the fellowship program). 
  • To organize your individual interviews and lab visits during the interview week, you will be asked to indicate 8 to 10 group leaders.
  • You will also present your research in a 10-minute presentation and 10-minute question and answer seminar to the Program Committee and other interested group leaders.
  • A chaperone – a Ph.D. from the fellowships − will be your personal guide during these days, tell you about being a Ph.D. at the Biozentrum and be happy to answer your questions.
  • Two dinners with group leaders and the chaperones, an informal meeting with the Ph.D. Club, and a cultural visit to Basel will give you a good insight into Basel and the Biozentrum. 
  • At the end of the interview week, you will be informed about who will receive fellowship offers. The research group expects your acceptance or declination of the fellowship by September, or March respectively. You can then start your Ph.D. in the following six months.

How to Apply-

The winter call opens on September 1, 2020. You can submit your application online until November 11. The interview week for the  Summer Call 2020 takes place from August 24 to 28. The interviews will be held by video-conferencing.

Your application must include:

  • electronic copies of your diploma/MSc degree with grades and transcripts as pdf files
  • CV or scientific résumé (maximum one page, pdf format)
  • names and contact information of 2 referees from your previous academic environment (usually faculty members) The referees will be contacted automatically and will be asked for an online evaluation as well as a reference letter.

You will get further information about the application procedure as soon as you have submitted your application.

Last Date for Apply– 01 September 2020

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