Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships
- Level of study
- Doctoral research
- Subject area
- Biological Sciences, Psychology, Medical and Dental Sciences
- EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
- Type of Award
- Deadline for applying
- None. Open all year.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory.
Value of Award
A Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) PhD fellowship offers a competitive monthly stipend. It is initially granted for 2 years and may be extended once for up to 1.5 years.
In addition, you receive travel allowances, e.g. for scientific conferences, and participate in tailor-made seminars for BIF fellows and alumni.
As a BIF fellow, you also become part of a lively and worldwide network built on trust, helpfulness, and many personal encounters. No matter which challenges lie ahead, you will find an open ear and individual advice from like-minded peers or the BIF's staff.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards PhD fellowships to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and to non-European citizens pursuing their PhD project in Europe.
- At the respective deadline (1 February, 1 June, 1 October) the applicant's first university degree qualifying for a profession (e.g. BSc, Diploma, Final State Examination) must not have been achieved more than 8 years ago.
- 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.
- Natural scientists should have been awarded their last university degree before embarking on their PhD (BSc, diploma, MSc, or equivalent). If you have not yet finished your MSc studies and/or have not received your MSc degree certificate by the deadline, you can submit it up to four months after the deadline.
- Physicians, veterinary surgeons, and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations.
- The foundation gives preference to applicants who are about to begin their PhD work when they apply for the fellowship; preliminary results are not expected.
- PhD fellowships cannot be used to supplement inadequate funding from other institutions or earned incomes, to bridge temporary financial difficulties or to complete investigations already sponsored by other institutions.
- If two candidates from the same laboratory apply for a PhD fellowship at the same time, only one of them may receive a fellowship. We, therefore, recommend that they apply at different deadlines.
Further eligibility information can be found on the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds website.
How to Apply
The application for a PhD fellowship of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) consists of
- An application form on our online portal (link below) including a PDF copy containing documents 1–7
- Letter(s) of recommendation.
The application must be written in English by the applicants themselves. There are three deadlines each year: 1 February, 1 June, 1 October.
Please follow the instructions for application on the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships website.