There are three ways to join SGBM, namely track 1, track 2 and Fast Track.
TRACK 1 / Fast TRACK*:
SGBM funding is available to support doctoral students during their doctoral work. Funding covers the rotations in three labs at the beginning of the program as well as 36 months of research on the thesis project. It also includes consumables for the lab in which the doctoral work takes place. Afterwards PhD students are financed by their supervisor's grants. Recruitment for track 1 and Fast Track will start on February 13, 2017 and run until March 27, 2017.
Instructions on how to apply are detailed in the section application procedure.
Shortlisted candidates will be informed by mid May 2017 and will be interviewed on June 28-30, 2017. Decisions will be communicated to applicants in early July 2017 and selected applicants will start at the end of September 2017.
Doctoral students who are in the very beginning of their PhD work (first six months) at the University of Freiburg and who have secured funding by their supervisor via other sources may apply to join SGBM as track 2. Applicants for track 2 should clearly indicate in the application form that they have funding.
Please note that the entire program is run in English so that fluency in both written and spoken English is essential. The thesis will be written in English and defense of the thesis takes place in English. Tests such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English), while not mandatory, are recommended for students whose first language is neither English nor German. Applicants who have taken such tests should upload the corresponding document where indicated. Interviews will take place in English and candidates who are not fluent will not be considered.
To apply to the PhD program candidates must hold an excellent recent university degree (Master or German Diploma) in either biology, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular medicine, pharmacy or biotechnology or related fields. Candidates about to obtain such a degree are welcome to apply.
Candidates with a medical degree (MD) are eligible for the MD/PhD program. If they are admitted to the school either as track 1 or track 2 students their affiliation to SGBM will entitle them to register for a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Faculty of Biology. Participants of the MD/PhD program who have been recruited as track 1 students must carry out rotations.
SGBM closely cooperates with the MOTI-VATE program for which information can be found here. We offer several courses for medical students that are interested in research. At the moment, the lectures, seminars and practical courses in molecular cell biology are only available for students in the MOTI-VATE year in order to prepare them for the MD/PhD program.
*Difference between Track 1 and Fast Track: