Application period closed!

30 June 2017

5 July 2017

17-19 July 2017

1 September 2017

Apply for Berlin-based projects

Application Deadline

Notification about Invitation to Berlin (only shortlisted candidates!)

Selection Days in Berlin



Candidates are expected to hold a Masters degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, theoretical biology, systems biology). Furthermore, candidates are expected to agree to the conditions of the training program and stay one year abroad at our Partner University ANU.


You will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV (will be provided after registration)
  • Copies of certificates and transcripts of records
  • Proof of proficiency in English (not if you are a native speaker or have studied at least six month at a English-speaking school or university)
  • Two letters of reference must be sent by the referees by email directly to the supervisor. Please ask your referees to use "Reference letter for PhD applicant <your name>" as a subject line!

Degrees of applicants from foreign countries will have to be approved by the admissions and registration office of the Humboldt-University Berlin. Applicants without a German university degree are strongly advised to include a copy of a GRE test score (general test format) in their application. For details please see


Applications will be independently reviewed by the Recruitment Committee of the IRTG 2290. Based on academic qualification, research experience, motivation, scientific background and the letters of recommendation, candidates will be selected for personal interviews in Berlin.

Successful applicants of the first round will be invited to Berlin for 3 days to meet their potential supervisors and present themselves to the faculty of the program by giving a short presentation and an interview. The applicants should prepare a 15 min presentation of their master or diploma thesis including a description of their motivation for the future PhD project.


Selection criteria include:


  • competence and research experience in project-relevant fields
  • scientific and educational track record;
  • research interests and motivation;
  • proficiency in English