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Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships for Overseas Applicants, 2019

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists who wish to pursue an ambitious project of approximately 3 years. Fellowship is offered to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and to non-European citizens pursuing their PhD project in Europe.

These PhD fellowships are provided to promote basic research in biomedicine by providing the best young, up-and-coming scientists with comprehensive support during their PhD phase.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) supports up-and-coming junior scientists whose research projects experimentally elucidate the basic phenomena of human life and organize two International Titisee Conferences per year.

Course Level: Fellowships are awarded for the PhD program.

Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge.

Scholarship Award: The fellowship comprises a competitive monthly stipend that is initially granted for 2 years and that can be extended for up to another 12 months. Participation in international scientific conferences is also supported. In addition, fellowship holders are offered personal support, seminars to discuss their projects, communication training and alumni meetings, and thus can become part of a worldwide network.

Scholarship can be taken at: The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships in an internationally leading laboratory. A citizen of an overseas country will pursue the PhD project in Europe.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this Fellowship:

  • The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards PhD fellowships to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and to non-European citizens pursuing their PhD project in Europe.
  • At the respective deadline (1 February, 1 June, 1 October) the university entrance qualification (secondary school leaving certificate/A-levels/university entrance test that permits to pursue first university studies after finishing school) must not have been achieved more than 8 years ago.
  • The PhD project must be experimental, in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge.
  • For a survey on the range of topics, refer to the results of finished projects in FUTURA, the international journal of the foundation.
  • Natural scientists should have been awarded their ultimate university degree (diploma, MSc, BSc, or equivalent).
  • Students who have not yet finished their MSc studies, i.e. who cannot provide their MSc certificate at the deadline, can only apply when they are able to hand in their certificate within 4 months after the deadline. Physicians, veterinary surgeons and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations.
  • At the deadline, the applicant should not have been working on his/her project for more than 6 months.
  • BIF encourages applicants to apply for a fellowship when they are about to begin their PhD work; preliminary project results are not expected from applicants.
  • The beginning of the PhD project is considered by BIF to be:
    • the date of the final degree examination (e.g. BSc, MSc, Diploma, Licenciatura, Laurea) on the official certificate if the applicant continues to work in the same research group; or
    • The month of arrival at the laboratory in which the PhD project is pursued if the applicant changes his/her research group, irrespective of the project he/she starts to work on.
  • In other cases, i.e. when participating in MSc/PhD programmes or graduate schools without an official final examination prior to the PhD project, contact [email protected]
  • If a laboratory presents 2 candidates for a PhD fellowship at the same application deadline, only one of them can receive a fellowship. This is why they would highly recommend that candidates from the same laboratory apply at different deadlines.

Nationality: Fellowship is awarded to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and to non-European citizens pursuing their PhD project in Europe.

Entrance Requirements: Natural scientists should have been awarded their diploma, BSc, MSc or equivalent degree; physicians, veterinary surgeons and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations.

PhD Scholarships

Supporting Material: In addition to the application for the scholarship, the applicant must submit the following documents:-
-The entire application – including the project proposal – must be written in English and by the applicants themselves. However, we recommend consultation with the scientific supervisor. The form of the presentation should be adequate but simple; please do not staple, tack or bind documents.
-The two paper copies should contain all the data and documents listed under (1) – (9). The CD should be clearly labelled with applicant’s first name, family name and email address and contain documents (1) – (7), preferably in one PDF file.
-Applicants can facilitate the selection process by adhering to the following sequence:
-to 5. two-sided printouts, if possible;
-the title and summary of PhD project (max. 1,400 characters including blanks);
-detailed presentation of PhD project (please also refer to “How to write a research proposal”): formulation of the problem, current status of research, applicant’s own groundwork, objectives, experimental strategy including methods of investigation (at least 4-5 pages for strategy and methods), work schedule showing the anticipated duration of the entire project and the individual steps;
-reasons for wishing to work with a particular group;
-summary of the final experimental thesis (e.g. bachelor, diploma or master thesis) before embarking on the PhD project;
-list of the applicant’s publications (if applicable);
-certificates of all academic qualifications (including grades) and certificates of professional education prior to university (if applicable); in chronological order, the newest on top; photocopies suffice;
-photocopies of university entrance qualification or high school-leaving exam certificate, (e.g. Abitur, A levels, Baccalaureate);
-letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the PhD thesis;
-letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the diploma or equivalent thesis (only if changing research group for the PhD project); letters of recommendation (on official letterhead and signed) have to be written in English and may be sent together with the application or by the supervisors themselves via surface mail, or as a PDF attachment
-(Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, Schuster. 46-48, 55116 Mainz, Germany; secretariat-at-bifonds.de).

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 1 February, 1 June, 1 October of each year.

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