Selection Procedure

Do you find the study concept of our International PhD Programme attractive and would you like to participate in it? If so, then the following information will provide you with advice on our selection procedure as well as the financing of PhD positions.

How to find a PhD Project

These are the most convenient ways to find a suitable project for a PhD at the International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm:

  • Respond to one of the advertisements we publish on our homepage and in the magazines Nature and Die Zeit twice a year.
  • Find a professor in Ulm who is willing to accept you for a PhD position.

Admission Requirements

We accept new students in April and October of each year. The formal admission requirements are these:

  • A Master of Science degree (or equivalent) in either the life sciences, physics, chemistry, informatics or a related field
  • An overall grade of 2.0 or better according to the German grading system.

Suitable applicants are invited to our PhD Selection Days in Ulm. Here they give oral presentations on the topic of their master thesis and are personally interviewed by representatives of the school and project leaders. Following our PhD Selection Days, applicants will be admitted to the PhD programme on condition that:

  • The oral presentation has been evaluated with a grade of 2.0 or better.
  • The applicant has demonstrated above average English language skills.
  • A project leader officially agrees to accept the applicant as a PhD student.

How to finance a PhD position

Acceptance into our PhD Programme and securing of a PhD position do not automatically go along with a funding from the Graduate School. We ask that you determine in advance how your PhD position will be financed. The following options are proposed:

  • receive a work contract from the Graduate School
  • obtain a scholarship from the Graduate School
  • gain acceptance for a paid PhD position through a professor from Ulm
  • finance yourself either through a scholarship from your home country, from the DAAD, or from any other funding organization

The Graduate School’s work contracts and scholarships amount to a salary of approximately € 1,400 net per month. If you are not funded by the school, your salary may differ from this amount. Please ask your supervisor or your funding organization about the monthly funding rate.

Please note: There are no tuition fees for doctoral students at Ulm University.