Heidelberg University - HBIGS PhD Fellowships in Germany
Heidelberg University

Biochemistry,Molecular Biosciences,Molecular Biotechnology
All Nationalities
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Scholarship Overview

Heidelberg University - HBIGS PhD Fellowships in Germany, 2020 is offered for PhD degree in the field of Molecular Biosciences, Molecular Biotechnology, or Biochemistry. You can apply to this scholarship here. The deadline for the sending your application is Deadline varies. This scholarship is provided by Heidelberg University and the value of this scholarship is Partial Funding, Varies . This scholarship is open for: Open to all nationals.

  • Degree: PhD
  • Provided by: Heidelberg University
  • Deadline: Deadline varies
  • Scholarship value: Partial Funding, Varies

he Hartmut Hoffmann-Berling International Graduate School of Molecular & Cellular Biology (HBIGS) at Heidelberg University is offering Ph.D. fellowships in different fields. There are two types, fast track, and regular track.

Documents required:

  • The applicants for Heidelberg University - HBIGS PhD Fellowships in Germany, 2020 should submit Secondary school leaving certificate, academic records, a curriculum vitae, and statement of purpose.
  • The candidates should submit two reference letters and contact information of two referees.
  • The applicants for the regular track should submit the English language proficiency proof and Gre and Gate scores (optional).


All candidates who wish to become a member of HBIGS have to submit their application prior (!) to the start of their PhD project. Students who have already started their PhD project are not eligible to apply (The starting date of your PhD term is usually identical to the starting date of your contract).

1. Applicants who are already accepted as a prospective PhD student in the research group of an HBIGS faculty member are requested to submit an unsolicited application and to fill in and upload the Statement of acceptance as a PhD student  (click on image to download document).

2. Applicants who are NOT yet accepted as a prospective PhD student by a member of the HBIGS faculty are invited to submit their applications to advertised PhD positions and/or to submit an unsolicited application.

How To Apply

The requirement for admission to HBIGS is a university degree from an internationally accredited university that would allow the applicant to be admitted as a PhD student in the Biosciences at Heidelberg University according to the rules set by the Faculty.


1. After eligibility and qualification has been checked (this might include a pre-interview with the applicant) the application files will be sent to the respective group leaders for further evaluation.

2a. PhD candidates who are eligble to be unconditionally accepted as PhD student by the Faculty of Biosciences are, in general, also eligible to become a member of HBIGS without further assessment.

2b. Applicants who are NOT eligble to be unconditionally accepted as PhD student according to the rules set by the Faculty have to pass a Qualifying Exam ("Kenntnisstandprüfung"). The Qualifying Exam consists of a 25 minute panel interview conducted by three principal investigators of the HBIGS Faculty. During the panel interviews, the candidates will give a 5-7 minute oral presentation of their past, current, or future research project ("chalk talk"). The oral presentation is followed by a question and answer session.
In addition there will be a written GRE-like test of 2 hours. The test covers a broad range of topics in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Biochemistry and General Biology from standard text books like Alberts et al., Stryer et al. etc. Applicants with an educational background not directly related to the biosciences are offered the opportunity to also choose questions from a different subject, such as physics, chemistry or computer science.

3. Applicants who are shortlisted, but not yet accepted by an HBIGS faculty member will be invited to Heidelberg upon the principal investigator´s request. They will be given the opportunity to meet with the principal investigators they have applied to. These candidates will take the Qualifying Exam during their stay, if requested by the Faculty of Biosciences or the principal investigator.

Currently, interviews and Qualifying Exams are scheduled for 8 Apr, 27 May, 29 Jul, 30 Sep 2021. More dates for 2021 will follow.

4. The final decision about admission will be taken by the HBIGS Executive Board. Admission letters will be sent shortly thereafter.