Thursday, 2 March 2017

PhD Fellowships for Excellence at Biozentrum University of Basel in Switzerland, 2017

Biozentrum University of Basel is offering a maximum of 10 PhD Fellowships for Excellence in Molecular Life Sciences discipline. Acceptance into the “Fellowships for Excellence” program is highly prestigious due to the rigorous selection process.
The Biozentrum encourages talented, ambitious and highly motivated young scientists to apply to the Biozentrum Basel International PhD Program.
The Biozentrum is the largest department at the University of Basel’s Faculty of Science. The primary focus of this interdisciplinary institute is basic molecular and biomedical research and teaching. The Biozentrum holds a leading position nationally and internationally and closely networks with partners from the academic world and industry.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing PhD degree at Biozentrum University of Basel in Switzerland.
Study Subject : Fellowships are awarded in the field of Molecular Life Sciences.
Number of Awards: 10 PhD Fellowships are available.
Scholarship Award: The “Fellowships for Excellence” cover the salary of the fellows for three years (including rotations). Should the PhD thesis exceed this time, group leaders and fellows are expected to together identify alternative funding.
In addition, other incentives are offered to “Fellowships for Excellence” PhD students to support their scientific and personal growth. Currently the following perks are in place (annual changes may apply):
a personal, annual stipend, e.g. to allow attendance of meetings, acquisition of books or computers (currently CHF 6’000 total for 3 years)
preferential registration for some courses in the Biozentrum Graduate Teaching program
yearly study trip to a city with ties to Siemens, e.g. Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg
scientific meetings and networking opportunities with current “Fellowships for Excellence” students and alumni
personal certificate of acceptance into the “Fellowships for Excellence” program
support for the preparation of the personal CV and postdoctoral application by Biozentrum faculty members in the “Fellowships for Excellence” committee
financial support for travel to postdoctoral interviews at the end of the PhD thesis
Scholarship can be taken in Switzerland
Eligibility: Applicants must either already hold or anticipate receiving before enrollment a university degree that qualifies them for a PhD program at the University of Basel (MSc, Diploma, etc.). In exceptional cases, outstanding students with a BSc degree are also eligible to apply to the “Fellowships for Excellence” program; they however will have to pass additional courses at the Biozentrum after acceptance. PhD students who already have enrolled at the Biozentrum or plan to start their PhD thesis before September 1 of the same year as the open call are not eligible to apply to the “Fellowships for Excellence” program.
Nationality: Applicants from all over the world are eligible for these PhD fellowships.
How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. For the application, electronic copies of the diploma/MSc degree with grades and transcripts as pdf files, a CV or scientific résumé (maximum one page, pdf format), a description of research interests in general and one with a specific focus on a potential PhD thesis at the Biozentrum as well as the names and contact information of 2 referees from the candidate’s previous academic environment (usually faculty members) are required. The referees will be contacted automatically and will be asked for an online evaluation as well as a reference letter. Further information about the application procedure will be made available to the candidates upon registration and submission of their application.
Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is June 20, 2017.

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