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International PhD Program in Biological Sciences in Germany, 2014

Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology and Friedrich Miescher Laboratory Tuebingen is offering International PhD position in the Biological Sciences in Germany. International students must have a diploma or MSc degree in a relevant subject. All PhD positions are fully funded for up to 4 years and cover approximately €1450 per month. GRE score and English language proficiency are required.

About Scholarship: University of Tübingen, approximately 100 students from all over the world are working on their PhDs at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory. They profit from an interdisciplinary environment and first-rate scientific resources. Dedicated support and educational programs foster the scientific growth of doctoral students. 

Study: The PhD position is awarded in Biological Sciences – Evolutionary Biology, Development Biology, Genetics, and Ecology, Structural Biology, Molecular & Cellular Biology/ Biochemistry in Germany.

Course Level: This scholarship is for pursuing PhD degree level at Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology and Friedrich Miescher Laboratory Tuebingen, Germany

Scholarship by: Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology and Friedrich Miescher Laboratory Tuebingen, Germany

Location: Germany 

Eligibility: -Academic Qualifications: Applicants must hold or expect to obtain a Diploma or MSc degree in a relevant subject by the time they begin their PhD. B.Sc. Students graduating within the top 10% of their class from a German university with independent research experience may also be eligible.

-In exceptional cases, students from international 4-year B.Sc. programs with additional qualifications may also be admitted. However, in these cases additional requirements (courses, seminars, exams or a research report) must be fulfilled.

-Language Qualifications: The program language is English.

-Applicants must demonstrate English written and oral communication skills during the application process.
-Requirements General GRE – Graduate Record Examinations – score. Applicants who do not hold a university degree from a College or University within the European Higher Education Area must submit a GRE general or relevant subject score.

-A copy of the official score report is sufficient for the application. The official score report is required for the interview. GRE Institution Code is 4791. In general, successful applicants have scored above 152 (500 pre-2011) on the verbal test and above 155 (700 pre-2011) on the quantitative test. 

Scholarship Open for: International applicants are eligible for this PhD program.

Number of awards: Approximately 20 new PhD students join the program each year. 

Duration: All PhD positions are fully funded for up to 4 years, either through stipends from the Max Planck Society or employment contracts. 

Value: PhD students can expect to have a disposable income of approximately 1450€ per month, from which health insurance costs have to be deducted. Additional subsidies may be available, based on personal circumstances. The International PhD Program does not charge tuition or fees. Students wishing to enroll at the University of Tübingen are charged minimal fees (approximately €110/semester). The PhD Program will reimburse travel cost and provide free room and board for the interviews. Assistance with visa formalities will also be provided. 

Notification: Successful candidate is notified by December 13.

Apply: The mode of applying is online. The application package consists of three components:
1. Application form
2. Certificates submitted in one pdf-file
3. References from two referees
Once the students have registered with the online application system, they will receive an email with personal log-in information. With this log-in, students can continue the application process and check the status of their application at any time. The email will also contain details about the application package.

If students have any questions, please contact the PhD Program Office by email. 

Deadline: Application must include application form, certificates submitted in one pdf-file, two references and submitted via online by September 15, 2013.
October 2-11: Telephone/video conference interviews
October 14: Candidates are invited to interview
December 2-5, 2013: Interviews in Tübingen
December 13: Offer letters are sent
January 1- July 1, 2014: PhD start dates 

Further Information: http://phd.eb.tuebingen.mpg.de/homepage/program-basics.html

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