MDC International Fully Funded PhD Program in Germany

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Europe, Germany, Jul-Sept Deadline, PhD
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Applications are invited for MDC International PhD Program. PhD researchers are fully funded through an initial 3-year working contract with the MDC.

The MDC International PhD Program provides a framework of structured training for doctoral researchers in the areas of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Cancer Biology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Medical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, as well as Structural Biology, Imaging and Biophysics.

Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine has been established in cooperation with the Humboldt University of Berlin (HU), the Free University of Berlin (FU), and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin medical faculty.

The program language is English, therefore proficiency in English is a must. For your application, an English test is recommended but not mandatory.

Course Level: Positions are available for pursuing PhD programme.

Study Subject: Positions are awarded in the areas of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Cancer Biology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Medical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, as well as Structural Biology, Imaging and Biophysics.

Scholarship Award: PhD researchers are fully funded through an initial 3-year working contract with the MDC. In many cases, contracts are extended for an additional year. All PhD researchers are expected to complete their doctoral research and thesis in 4 years. Salaries are competitive with national standards and there are no tuition fees.

Scholarship can be taken in Germany

Eligibility:To be eligible for the Scholarship, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants are required to hold or obtain within 6 months of the interview week a university degree equivalent to a MasterDegree (?70% or German score of at least’Gut’, ?2,4) including a written research thesis.
  • Applicants still studying should anticipate receiving their degree not later than 6 months after the interview date.
  • Graduates having completed their degree must upload with the application package a scanned copy of the certificate as well as transcript including marked coursework from the university. Students still enrolled in their undergraduate program must upload a provisional certificate stating the examination marks already obtained.
  • Applicants shall at the time of interview be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet been awarded a doctoral degree, according to the European Commission’s definition of early-stage researchers.
  • Please note that candidates who have previously been invited for interviews, will not be considered for the further interview.
  • MDC Master students and MDC interns who have been working or registered at the MDC during the past 2 years longer than 3 months until the PhD interview week at MDC, are not eligible to apply to the international MDC Program. Instead, they are considered internal students and may apply for internal PhD fellowship positions. Short-term interns who have been working or registered at the MDC for less than 3 months until interview week are eligible to apply to the Int. PhD program if they apply to a different research group. Short-term interns who wish to join the research group they have been affiliated before are not eligible for the Int. PhD Program and are recommended to apply for an internal PhD fellowship position.

Nationality: Citizens of all nationalities are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants are required to hold or obtain a Masters degree or Diploma including a research project and written thesis with a score of at least  “Good” (better 2,3 of 5) or 75%. At the time of application, you do not have to have finished your degree. However, students are asked to start their research project within 6 months of the interviews, by which time you should anticipate holding your degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement Applicants need to have a good command of written and spoken English. German language skills are not required, but international students will be offered German language courses at the MDC. English proficiency tests for non-native spacers are recommended such as TOEFL test with a score of 95+ (internet-based), 240+ (computer-based) or 587+ (paper-based), IELTS certificate with a band score 7.0+, or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE).

How to Apply:

  • Login at the application portal
  • Complete the sections education, training, motivation letter etc. All mandatory fields are marked.
  • Upload all required documents.
  • Add the names and addresses of 2 referees. As soon as you have entered contact details your referees will automatically receive a request for letter of recommendation. Please make sure that references arrive on time! You cannot change your referee once you have saved the contact. If there is a problem contact us in time. References arriving after the deadline will not be processed and applications will be considered incomplete.
  • Don’t forget to submit your application once you have completed your sections. You don’t have to wait for your reference letters to arrive for you to submit. After submission, you won’t be able to edit the sections, but you can check the status of your letters of recommendation. We will inform you within 5 weeks of the application deadline whether you are invited for interviews to Berlin.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is July 1, 2017.

Scholarship Link

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