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Biozentrum Fellowship Program, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #87 (ARWU) Basel, Switzerland
The Biozentrum Fellowship Program offered by University of Basel 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.
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In contrast to many other PhD student programs that aim at a broad recruitment of many candidates, the Biozentrum Fellowship Program offered by University of Basel is 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.

University of Basel invites motivated and dedicated students to join our Biozentrum Basel International PhD Program. 

These fellowships are unique

Students can select any Biozentrum research group through rotations which offers the chance to learn skills and techniques needed in modern biology.

This is particularly well suited for students with broad interests or who come from fields such as physics, chemistry or computer science. Moreover, this fellowship gives students full and independent funding for their entire PhD and grant additional travel funds.

The fellowships program was launched in 2006. Meanwhile, 52 PhD students from 26 countries − about half of them women − have completed their doctorate. Currently, 41 fellows conduct research at the Biozentrum.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Starting date for this call can be between 01/03/2020 and 01/09/2020

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      The PhD normally takes 4 years to complete.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The students in this programme will do a 1-3 month long rotation in a lab of their choice. After that the student will start the PhD on the chosen laboratory. The PhD normally takes 4 years to complete. The positions is fully funded. 

  • The Biozentrum is one of the leading life sciences institutes in the world. It consists of 30 groups and 500 employees. 
  • Research at the Biozentrum embraces a wide range of topics with a focus on understanding how molecules are organized to create life and living organisms. 
  • Areas of research are the structure and function of macromolecules, the wiring of regulatory circuits, and the general principles underlying complex biological systems and their dynamic interactions.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • You must either already hold a master degree or expect to receive one no later than 01/08/2020 for you to be eligible for this PhD program at the University of Basel.
  • In exceptional cases, outstanding students with a BSc degree (eg. USA, Canada, Singapore) are also eligible to apply to the fellowships program; they, however, will have to pass additional courses at the Biozentrum after acceptance.
  • Applicants must send two recommendation letters - it is a mandatory requirement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    670 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 335 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    670 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 335 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Basel

  • 1615 - 2340 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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