Application for a PhD Fellowship

The application for a PhD fellowship of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds consists of two parts:

  1. the online application via the online application portal and
  2. two paper copies of the application including one CD to be sent by regular mail to: Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, Schusterstr. 46-48, 55116 Mainz, Germany

Both must be submitted by one of the respective deadlines of each year (date as per postmark for the paper version): 1 February, 1 June, 1 October

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:

1. to 5. two-sided printouts, if possible;

  1. title and summary of PhD project (max. 1,400 characters including blanks);
  2. 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), references (including all authors and full titles of the papers cited), work schedule showing the anticipated duration of the entire project and the individual steps;
  3. reasons for wishing to work with a particular group;
  4. summary of final experimental thesis (e.g. bachelor, diploma or master thesis) before embarking on the PhD project; if no final experimental thesis was performed please give the reason(s) in the “additional information” field in the online application;
  5. list of applicant’s publications (if applicable);
  6. 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;
  7. photocopies of high school diploma/secondary school leaving certificate (e.g. Abitur, Baccalaureate, A-Levels) and, where applicable, university entrance test (e.g. SAT/ACT, PAU, YGS/LYS, Joint Entrance Examination etc.);
  8. letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the PhD thesis;
  9. letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the diploma or equivalent thesis (only if changing research group for the PhD project); if no final experimental thesis was performed, letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the most important laboratory internship; letters of recommendation (on official letterhead and signed) have to be written in English and should be sent in a sealed envelope together with the application. In exceptional cases, the supervisors may send their letters of recommendation as a PDF attachment, clearly indicating the applicant’s family name and first name, to secretariat[at]bifonds[dot]de.
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