Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrollment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent program in their home country (MSc., Diploma, DEA etc.). US applicants with only a Bachelor must have successfully completed courses in Biophysics and must have laboratory experience leading to a research thesis.
Admission is competitive and is achieved through a selection procedure that takes place twice a year (usually in January and June).
The selection procedure is governed by the PhD Program Committee:
Helge Grosshans (chair)
A course of study at the FMI leading to a PhD degree of the University of Basel typically lasts 4 years.
The leader of the research group is the main supervisor. In addition, PhD students are supported by a Thesis Committee of university professors and experts chosen by the student.
As part of their education, graduate students are required to attend courses from the graduate teaching program at the University of Basel.
The FMI provides financial support to graduate students in accordance with the scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Income is generous relative to international standards for PhD students.
The FMI has an active student body that organizes seminar series and career guidance events. FMI PhD students also participate in the FMI Annual Meeting to discuss science and hear presentations from postdocs, students and group leaders.
Basel is an important international center for biomedical research. Located right at the borders of France and Germany, FMI PhD students study in a multicultural environment with very good opportunities to start an international career.
Basel is also rich in culture and an excellent starting point to explore Switzerland and neighboring France and Germany.
Application for the FMI PhD Program
To be accepted for graduate studies at the Friedrich Miescher Institute, applicants must hold a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent program in their home country (MSc., Diploma, DEA etc.). US applicants with only a Bachelor must have successfully completed courses in Biophysics and must have laboratory experience leading to a research thesis.
There are two deadlines each year in May and November. All applications are reviewed by the PhD Program Committee. A shortlist of candidates will be invited for interviews in June and January, respectively.
Please fill in the online application form. Please note that this information and relevant documents will be distributed within the FMI for assessment.
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