PhD Program at the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes 2018, Germany


June 29, 2018


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PhD Program at the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes 

If you are interested in joining the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes and would like to profit from an exceptional international and translational PhD program centered on diabetes research then this is for you.

Entry Requirements

University Degrees

Applicants require a university Master's degree (MSc or equivalent) including a written Master's research thesis to apply to the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes. Applicants still studying for their degree may provide a provisional certificate or bona fide statement from the university, stating the examination marks already obtained.  You should receive your degree not later than 6 months after the application deadline. Degrees from countries outside the European Union are subject to a recognition procedure. In addition, a final evaluation is performed by one of the German universities, Technical University Munich or Ludwig Maximilian University, respectively. If you do not hold a Master's degree but think that your degree is an equivalent please contact the research school office. Scanned copies of your certificates and documents can be uploaded as a PDF file (max 3 MB) during the online application.

Additional Requirements

A copy of your high school certificate is required. A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be advantageous for your application but is not mandatory. If you have a GRE certificate, you may upload a scanned copy during the online application.

Proof of English Language Skills

The language of the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes is English and for successful participation in the PhD program you need excellent English language skills. A language test for English (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE) is required for all applicants except native English speakers. Alternatively, if your degree was in English you may provide a PDF document from your University in which this is stated.

In case you do not have sufficient time to do a language test for English and your studies were not in English please provide a document from your university stating your English language abilities. Please be reminded that an official English test or a degree in English is highly advantageous. In any case applicants should be able to speak fluently with the reviewers about their research area during the application interview. The certificate, test or documents can be uploaded as a single PDF document (max 3 MB) in the online application system.

Letters of Recommendation

You will be asked to provide the names and contact details of two referees in the online application form. As soon as you have entered the name and contact details of your referees,  an e-mail with a link will be sent to them, requesting that they provide us with a letter of recommendation online. Please be aware that the deadline for your referees to submit their letters of recommendation is the same as the application deadline. For your referees to have sufficient time to submit their letters it is important that you provide their contact details in reasonable time. As you are responsible for providing these letters, please contact us in case of any problem.


Please use the online application system, which will be open approximately 8 weeks before the next application deadline.

Please provide a motivation letter: describe (1) your research interest and future plans together with your motivation for these, and (2) your interest in doing a PhD, the research school and Helmholtz Center Munich. You will be asked to provide a motivation letter where you explain your research interest and future plans together with your motivation for these, and your interest in doing a PhD and the research school. The letter should not exceed 2 pages.

Additionally, you will have the chance to provide information about your educational qualifications, your skills and honors, including your study subjects and descriptions of accomplished scientific projects. As mentioned in the entry requirements, you have to provide letters of recommendation from two referees as well as your academic and English language certificates to upload with your application. Please remember that you need electronic copies as PDF documents with a maximum size of 3MB. Please do not forget to click the submit button once you have completed the online application form. Your letters of recommendation do not already have to be submitted by your referees for you to submit your application.

Candidates affiliated with Helmholtz Center Munich

Candidates who have worked or are currently working at the Helmholtz Center Munich are eligible to apply through the online application system. The same rules apply for candidates that are associated to the Helmholtz Center Munich or are working in a collaboration. In this case, candidates have to provide details on their current or previous affiliation.

Evaluation Process and Selection

Applications will be evaluated within 4 weeks of the deadline. Some candidates will be asked to take part in short phone interviews as part of the pre-selection process. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview symposium. Please check our application schedule for the current application period. During the symposium, you will have the chance to discuss the potential projects with the respective group leaders.

The 2-day interview symposium will take place at the Helmholtz Center Munich approximately 6-8 weeks after successful candidates have been invited. Approximately three times more candidates than the number eventually accepted will be invited.

The symposium consists of a panel interview with four senior scientists where candidates are asked to present their research project on a blackboard and answer questions, an oral presentation of your latest research project, e.g. your Master's thesis, and meetings with potential supervisors. Candidates will have the chance to arrange additional lab and group visits and meet with current PhD students and scientists. During the symposium candidates may convince with their motivation, logical and independent thinking, research interest, intellectual brightness, research comprehension, resilience, and interest in team effort.


Required Information

  • Motivation letter
  • Up to 3 projects of group leaders of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center as listed in the current projects
  • Description of your most relevant scientific project, e.g. Master's thesis
  • Certificates: MSc (or equivalent), BSc, transcript of records, high school degree, together with an explanation of the grading system
  • Names and e-mail adresses of two academic referees who agreed on sending letters of recommendations
  • English language proof

Optional and Advantegeous Information

  • GRE certificate
  • Description of your additional accomplished research experiences
  • Information on study subjects, employment, internships, international experience, stipends, honors and awards, publications and outside interests

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Publish Date
May 16, 2018
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