The Graduate School of Life Sciences Fellowship 2017, Germany

Publish Date: Aug 05, 2016

Deadline: Sep 23, 2016


  • Late July 2016: Application for the next round of fellowships opens
  • 23rd September 2016: Deadline for applications. Screening begins.
  • Late October 2016: Invitations for the interview stage are sent out
  • 30th November - 2nd December 2016 Video interviews for international applicants
  • 5-6th December 2016: Live interviews for applicants who can join us at the University of Würzburg
  • 1st January - 30th June 2017: Fellows join the GSLS and begin to pursue their PhD project

We offer

  • an international (working language English) and widely visible research environment
  • a fellowship for three years provided by the GSLS and the host laboratory
  • your own research grant covering research expenses of your PhD project and travel money to attend conferences (5000 EUR/year) granted for at least one year
  • the freedom to choose your lab, project and mentors - provided that there is mutual agreement - in one of the sections of the GSLS
  • continuous supervision and mentoring by a thesis committee of three principal investigators (including a special mentoring program for female doctoral researchers)
  • a strong network of peers
  • advanced scientific and professional skills training

We expect

  • passion for and practical experience in research
  • a clear understanding of what you want to work on
  • an excellent university degree obtained in a life sciences subject within the last two years, usually an M.Sc. or Diploma; if
  • graduation is expected by January 2017 at the latest you may apply
  • proven excellent oral and written English proficiency (this will also be assessed during interview) and willingness to learn basic German (training provided)
  • eagerness to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment

Application process

Application for the GSLS fellowships works as follows:

  1. Register online by clicking to "Further official information" below this article. Please follow the guidelines. If you have any technical problems, please contact Opens window for sending All non-technical, fellowship-related questions should be addressed to Opens window for sending
  2. Carefully fill out the application form and upload all required documents.
  3. Application deadline: 23rd September 2016
  4. Notification about whether or not you are invited for an interview will be sent out by the end of October 2016.
  5. Do not ask your referees to send letters right now. Only ask your referees AFTER a notification that you were invited for an interview AND wait for our instructions. In this way we avoid hundreds of letters that are written in vain.
  6. Selected applicants from Europe (or travelling in Europe at that time) will be invited for an interview in Würzburg in November/December 2016 (travel subsidies available). International applicants from outside Europe will be interviewed by video conferencing.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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