The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists (max. age: 27 years) who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory.
‣ The peer-review-based selection process is highly competitive. Applicants should therefore be outstanding in all three selection criteria.
‣ To promote basic research in biomedicine by providing the best young, up-and-coming scientists with comprehensive support during their PhD phase.
School(Institutions/ Country): | Europe or overseas
Level: PhD Degree
Field(s): Basic Biomedical Research.
Deadline: 1 June, 1 October, 1 February of each year.
Funded By: Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds -Foundation
Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds is targeted for International applicants.
To apply for Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds applicants must meet the following criteria:
‣ The BIF awards PhD fellowships to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and to non-European citizens pursuing their PhD project in Europe.
‣ Applicants should not be older than 27 years at the respective deadline.
‣ 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 of the range of topics, please refer to FUTURA, the international journal of the foundation.
‣ Natural scientists should have been awarded their diploma, BSc, MSc or equivalent degree; physicians, veterinary surgeons and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations.
Eligibility Criteria for Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds
‣ The scientists in the Board of Trustees and the external peer reviewer evaluate applications according to the following three criteria: the applicant’s achievements to date (grades and curriculum vitae); the scientific quality, e.g. originality and inventiveness, of the proposed PhD project; the scientific standard of the laboratories in which the project is to be pursued.
Scholarship Application Method
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‣ Scholarship Applications due date 1 February, 1 June, 1 October of each year.
‣ 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;
- 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 final experimental thesis (e.g. bachelor, diploma or master thesis) before embarking on the PhD project;
- 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 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, Schusterstr. 46-48, 55116 Mainz, Germany; secretariat-at-bifonds.de).
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