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.

Award Description

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

The basic monthly stipend amounts to 1,650 euros. In the United Kingdom, a further 800 euros will be added to supplement living costs. The monthly stipend is initially granted for 2 years and that can be extended once for a maximum of 12 months. Participation in international scientific conferences is also supported. In addition, fellowship holders are offered personal support, seminars to discuss their projects, communication training and alumni meetings, and thus can become part of a worldwide network.

Eligibility Criteria

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 4 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 diploma, BSc, MSc or equivalent degree; physicians, veterinary surgeons and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations. 
  • At the deadline, the applicant should not have been working on his/her project for more than 6 months. The beginning of the PhD project is considered by BIF to be:  the date of the final examination (e.g. BSc, MSc, Diploma, DEA, Licenciatura, Laurea) on the official certificate if the applicant continues to work in the same research group or the month of arrival at the laboratory in which the PhD project is pursued if the applicant changes his/her research group. 
  • 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.

Further eligibility information can be found on the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds website

How to Apply

Deadlines for applications fall on 1 February, 1 June and 1 October of each year.

Pre-selection takes place about 4 weeks after the respective deadline, and the final selection approximately 5 months after the respective deadline.

Please follow the instructions for application on the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships website.