Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Summer Call 2024 on Life Sciences in Switzerland

Opportunity Detail

  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level PH.DResearch
  • Eligible Region/Countries


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  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study Biology and Chemistry
  • Opportunity ID 71064
  • Funding Type Fully Funded

Opportunity Description

Outstanding students from any country may apply for the prestigious Biozentrum PhD Fellowships program 2024. The Biozentrum invites young scientists with skill, ambition, and drive from around the globe to apply for the highly coveted and esteemed fellowships provided by the Biozentrum Basel International PhD Program.

Unlike numerous other PhD student programs that strive for a wide recruitment of candidates, the Biozentrum PhD Fellowships are awarded to a maximum of 10 successful candidates year on a competitive basis. A variety of extra benefits are provided to recipients in addition to a special rotation-based option for choosing a preferred research group, all of which support the academic achievement and professional opportunities of these PhD candidates.

Key Details:

  • Application Deadline: 24 May 2024
  • Shortlisted Candidates Notifications: At the end of June 2024
  • Interview Days: 26 to 30 August 2024
  • The Decision of Acceptance: End of August 2024
  • Start of Rotations/Thesis: 1 September 2024 to 1 March 2025
  • Organized By: Biozentrum University of Basel
  • Host Country: Switzerland
  • Funding Period: 3 years and three months
  • Eligible Countries: All

Benefits of the Biozentrum PhD Fellowships

Biozentrum PhD Fellowships currently offer the following benefits for the selected fellows:

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  • An annual personal allowance to be used for computers, books, or meeting attendance.
  • Annual study visit to a city connected to Siemens.
  • Possibilities for networking and scientific encounters with existing Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Program participants.
  • Support for one’s personal resume and postdoctoral application from academic members in the Program Committee at Biozentrum.
  • Reimbursement for trip to finalize PhD thesis and postdoctoral interviews.
  • Before receiving their PhD, fellows will have the rare opportunity to work with various research groups.
  • The fellowship operates independently of all research projects and groups.

Eligibility Criteria for the Biozentrum PhD Fellowships

Requirements for the Biozentrum PhD Fellowships are as follows:

  • Candidates may hold any nationality.
  • On the date of the fellowship decision, candidates cannot have enrolled at the University of Basel as PhD candidates or entered into a PhD working contract with the institution.
  • Applicants must possess or intend to obtain a degree from an accredited university in order to be admitted to the University of Basel’s Ph.D. program.
  • Exceptional 4-year bachelor’s degree holders who are outstanding and usually not part of the Bologna system are also eligible to apply for this opportunity.
  • Research in a minimum of two labs (rotations) at the Biozentrum is required of fellows prior to beginning the research group for the PhD thesis. Each of these rotations lasts for a minimum of two months.

Required Documents

All applicants should provide the following supporting documents for their application:

  • PDF electronic versions of their master’s degree or diploma Transcripts and grades in PDF format
  • A one-page PDF resume or scientific résumé, at most
  • The names and contact details of two former faculty referees
  • An automated request for a reference letter will be sent to the referees.

Selection procedure

Biozentrum PhD Fellowship selection procedure is as follows:

  • All of Biozentrum’s group leaders will review the applications that are submitted after this open call date. The Program Committee will select 20–30 candidates based on input from their peers, and they will be invited to the Biozentrum for an interview week. The cost of lodging and transportation will be covered by the sponsor.
  • Applicants should include eight to ten group leaders so that individual interviews and lab visits can be scheduled during the interview week. Additionally, they ought to give a 10-minute presentation and a 20-minute question-and-answer session to the Program Committee and interested group leaders about their research. During these days, the applicant will receive personal guidance from a PhD fellow supervisor at the Biozentrum regarding the PhD program.
  • The candidate fellows will have two dinners with the chaperones and group leaders throughout the interview period. They will also be visiting Basel for cultural reasons and meeting with the PhD Club.
  • The candidates who will be offered fellowships will be notified at the conclusion of the interview week. The next six months will see the selected fellows begin their PhD studies.

How to Apply for the Biozentrum PhD Fellowship?

The application procedure for this fellowship program is online; qualified applicants may enter the link below to start their application.


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Please visit the official website for further details about the Biozentrum Ph.D. Fellowship program.


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