Shortlisted applicants will be invited to our Selection Workshop in May 27th and 28th, 2014 and can start their PhD projects in October 2014.


We invite applications from all countries. Applicants with a diploma or Master´s or equivalent degree in biology or a related field can apply. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Selection procedure

We choose applicants based on their academic qualifications, their research interests and their motivation to study at our graduate school. Shortlisted candidates are invited to a Selection Workshop on site. During the Selection Workshop the candidates are expected to give an oral presentation of their previous scientific work and will have interviews with Principal Investigators. Faculty members will give introductory talks about the institute, its mission and potential projects. The candidates will then have the opportunity to discuss the programme and research in the various groups with Graduate School students and faculty members. Candidates are usually enrolled through the University of Cologne.