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15th March 2020    


26th-28th May 2020 


1st Sept 2020


Aug-Sept 2020 &

Jan-March 2021


Application deadline (initially 1st March, has been extended)


Assessment center in Berlin


Start of the program for Berlin-based students


Start of PhD for Canberra-based students*



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* For ANU-based projects, please note that in addition to admittance to the graduate program you need to apply for a scholarship at the ANU. The application deadline for a scholarship to start of the PhD in Aug/Sept 2020 is 15th April 2020. We will contact candidates prior to the assessment center to submit an application. The deadline for a start of the PhD in January 2021 is 31st August 2020.

Here you can find an overview of the projects you can apply for. 

Call for applications


The International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2290





funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German research foundation)

 and the Australian National University (ANU)

 invites applications for


18 doctoral research positions

(11 positions at the Humboldt University (HU) in Berlin starting 1st Sept 2020 and

 7 positions the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra starting 1st January 2021)


The IRTG2290 is a joint Australian-German PhD program on Malaria research offering research-oriented education and career development resources. It is an interdisciplinary research union bringing together scientists from Biology, Computation and Medicine in order to tackle the challenges in malaria research. We aim at training independent, innovative and interdisciplinary young scientists equipped with state-of-the-art technical and analytical skills as well as with professional competency and networks in order to become global players in their field.

The IRTG2290 was inaugurated in 2017 and is now seeking talented and highly motivated young scientists to be part of the 2nd cohort starting an exciting and interdisciplinary project in one of the program’s research areas:


1. Nutrient uptake and metabolism

2. Parasite genetics and adaptations

3. Immune responses

4. Host genetics and Responses



Research Environment


The IRTG2290 unites research groups from the ANU, the HU, the Charité – University Medicine and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In Berlin, the IRTG2290 is integrated in the Integrative Research Institute for Life Sciences (IRI-LS) and is embedded in a strong scientific landscape.


The program offers

  • A state-of-the-art, structured and customized curriculum including lectures, colloquia, tutorials, workshops tailored for a PhD in Malaria research
  • 1-year research visits at the partner university
  • Joint supervision
  • A dual PhD degree from both universities
  • Access to practical and soft skill courses offered by the graduate programs of both universities
  • Annual joint retreats in Berlin or Canberra
  • Travel expenses, material costs and supplemental funding for families and child care are covered according to DFG or ANU guidelines, respectively



  • Very good MA degree or equivalent degree in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Theoretical Biology, Mathematics, (Bio-) Physics, Bioinformatics
  • Willingness to conduct and manage a collaborative research project between HU and ANU including a mandatory 1-year research stay at the partner university
  • Commitment to take part in a structured study program and a comprehensive research agenda
  • Very good English skills
  • Interest in Malaria Research


Applications must be written in English and must be conducted via our registration platform (coming soon). They should include the following documents

  • Personal information
  • Information on education, awards/scholarships, publications
  • Certified copies of undergraduate diplomas (BSc, MSc), including transcripts of records and of other qualifications
  • Statement on research interests and a letter of motivation
  • Address of two potential referees (university faculty members)
  • Proof of English language skills, at the latest provided upon invitation to the assessment center
    • Please see for English language requirements for ANU admission:
    • Applicants may be deemed to have satisfied the University's English language requirements if they can provide evidence that they have undertaken secondary and/or tertiary study in English, at a recognized institution, in the national education system (or equivalent) of a listed country (see Group A countries under the link below)
    • Accepted tests and scores are
      •  Academic IELTS: An overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of the test.
      • TOEFL paper based: A score of 570 with a TWE (Test of written English) score of 4.5.
      • TOEFL internet based: An overall score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening.
      • Cambridge CAE Advanced (Post 2015): An overall score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in all sub-skills.
      • PTE Academic: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 55 in each of the communicative skills.

We especially encourage international applications. As the HU and the ANU aim to increase the number of female researchers, we expressly encourage women to apply.



Please apply via our registration tool on the Humboldt Graduate School website. Please follow the link on the button below.