Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships 2018-19

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Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships 2018-19

Do you want to do a Ph.D. in basic biomedical research? The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) is delighted to announce the BIF Ph.D. Fellowships 2018-19 for students starting a Ph.D. in basic biomedical research.

These fellowships are open to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and to non-European citizens pursuing their Ph.D. project in Europe. The purpose of fellowships is to promote basic research in biomedicine by providing the best young, up-and-coming scientists with comprehensive support during their Ph.D. phase.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards Ph.D. fellowships to outstanding junior scientists who wish to pursue an ambitious Ph.D. project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory.

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.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Open to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and
  • Open to non-European citizens pursuing their Ph.D. project in Europe.
  • Open to outstanding junior scientists who wish to pursue an ambitious Ph.D. project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory.
  • 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.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:


  • The entire application – including the project proposal – must be written in English and by the applicants themselves.
  • However, they recommend consultation with the scientific supervisor. The form of the presentation should be adequate but simple; 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 labeled 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;
      • Title and summary of Ph.D. project (max. 1,400 characters including blanks)
      • detailed presentation of PhD project (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), references (including all authors and full titles of the papers cited), 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 final experimental thesis (e.g. bachelor, diploma or master thesis) before embarking on the Ph.D. project; if no final experimental thesis was performed please give the reason(s) in the “additional information” field in the online application
      • List of 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 high school diploma/secondary school leaving certificate (e.g. Abitur, Baccalaureate, A-Levels) and, where applicable, university entrance test (e.g. SAT/ACT, PAU, YGS/LYS, Joint Entrance Examination etc.)
      • Letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the Ph.D. thesis
      • Letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the diploma or equivalent thesis (only if changing the research group for the Ph.D. project);
      • If no final experimental thesis was performed, letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the most important laboratory internship;
      • Letters of recommendation (on official letterhead and signed) have to be written in English and should be sent in a sealed envelope together with the application.
      • In exceptional cases, the supervisors may send their letters of recommendation as a PDF attachment, clearly indicating the applicant’s family name and first name, to


  • The basic monthly stipend amounts to 1,550 Euros. In most countries, fellows are paid an additional flat rate of 150 Euro per month to cover minor research-related costs (books, travel expenses, etc.).
  • To adjust e.g. for differences in living costs, country-related premiums of up to 1,700 Euros may be added (in the United Kingdom and Sweden currently 700 Euros, in the USA and Denmark 800 Euros,in Australia, Israel, and Canada 500 Euros, in Switzerland 1,700 euro, in Ireland 600 Euros, and in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain 200 Euros). Depending on the cost of living, all other countries are grouped into one of these categories. For example, an unmarried fellow working in Germany currently receives 1,900 Euros, in the USA 2,500 Euros, in the United Kingdom for 2,400 Euros, and in Switzerland 3,400 Euros.
  • Furthermore, a spouse allowance of 200 Euros, a child allowance of 200 Euros per child and/or childcare allowance of up to 500 Euros may be added depending on the personal situation.
  • The initially awarded stipend sum is based on the information provided in the application. The fellowship holder is obligated to inform BIF about any changes in his/her personal or financial circumstances (change of marital status, the income of spouse, etc.) so that BIF can adjust the amount of the stipend. The stipend is transferred in Euros by the middle of each month.
  • In addition, fellowship holders can apply for travel allowances to present their research projects at international scientific conferences, to participate in methods courses, or to perform research in cooperating laboratories. Besides, BIF offers its fellows and alumni exclusive meetings, seminars, and training.

Application Deadline:

The application will close on October 1, 2018.

  • Note:- Deadlines of application: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October of each year.

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