Biozentrum Basel International PhD Fellowships at University of Basel in Switzerland 2021

The University of Basel invites applications from motivated young scientists for its Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Programme in Switzerland for the 2021/2022 academic year.

The Biozentrum 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.

In contrast to many other PhD student programs that aim at broad recruitment of many candidates, the “Biozentrum PhD Fellowships” are awarded on a competitive basis to a maximum of 10 successful candidates per open call.

They offer prestigious and independent fellowships that provide a unique rotation-based selection of research groups. Research and training in the Biozentrum span scales from
atom to an organism in the areas of:

  • Computational & Systems Biology
  • Growth & Development
  • Infection Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Structural Biology & Biophysics

Worth of Award

  • As a fellow, you have the unique opportunity to experience different research groups before deciding in which group to do your PhD. You are also offered a number of incentives to support your scientific growth.
  • You will get full financial support for your PhD thesis, typically 3 – 4 years including rotations.
  • You are also offered a number of incentives to support your scientific and personal growth. Currently, the following benefits are provided (annual changes may apply):
  • a personal, annual allowance to attend meetings, acquire books or a computer
  • an annual study trip to a city with ties to Siemens
  • scientific meetings and networking opportunities with current students and alumni of the “Independent Fellowships” program
  • a personal certificate of acceptance into the fellowship program
  • support for the preparation of the personal CV and postdoctoral application by Biozentrum faculty members in the Program Committee
  • financial support for travel to postdoctoral interviews at the end of the PhD thesis
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  • You must either already hold or expect to soon receive a university degree that qualifies you for a PhD program at the University of Basel (MSc, Diploma, etc.).
  • In exceptional cases, outstanding students with a BSc degree (eg. USA, Canada, Singapore) are also eligible to apply to the fellowship’s program; they, however, will have to pass additional courses at the Biozentrum after acceptance.
  • If you have already enrolled at the Biozentrum or plan to start your PhD thesis before September 1, or respectively March 1, of the same year as the open call, you are no longer eligible to apply.

How to Apply

  • Summer calls start on January 30, winter calls on September 1. Please submit your application online.

    Your application must include:

  • electronic copies of your diploma/MSc degree with grades and transcripts as pdf files
  • A CV or scientific résumé (maximum one page, pdf format)
  • names and contact information of 2 referees from your previous academic environment (usually faculty members) The referees will be contacted automatically and will be asked for an online evaluation as well as a reference letter.
  • You will get further information about the application procedure as soon as you have submitted your application.

Selection procedure

  • After the closing date for the open call, applications will be evaluated by all group leaders of the Biozentrum. Based on the feedback from their peers, the Program Committee will shortlist 20-30 candidates who will be invited to the Biozentrum for an interview week (travel and accommodation provided by the fellowship program).
  • To organize your individual interviews and lab visits during the interview week, you will be asked to indicate 8 to 10 group leaders. You will also present your research in a 10-minute presentation and 10-minute question and answer seminar to the Program Committee and other interested group leaders.
  • A chaperone – a PhD from the fellowships − will be your personal guide during these days, tell you about being a PhD at the Biozentrum and be happy to answer your questions. Two dinners with group leaders and the chaperones, an informal meeting with the PhD Club and a cultural visit to Basel will give you a good insight into Basel and the Biozentrum.
  • At the end of the interview week, you will be informed about who will receive fellowship offers. They expect your acceptance or declination of the fellowship by September, or March respectively. You can then start your PhD in the following six months.
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Deadline: applications close  June 15, 2021


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