Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrollment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent program in their home country (MSc., Diploma, DEA etc.). US applicants with only a Bachelor must have successfully completed courses in Biophysics and must have laboratory experience leading to a research thesis.
Admission is competitive and is achieved through a selection procedure that takes place twice a year (usually in January and June).

The selection procedure is governed by the PhD Program Committee:
Helge Grosshans (chair)
Rainer Friedrich
Georg Keller
Prisca Liberali
Dirk Schübeler
Nicolas Thomä


A course of study at the FMI leading to a PhD degree of the University of Basel typically lasts 4 years.


The leader of the research group is the main supervisor. In addition, PhD students are supported by a Thesis Committee of university professors and experts chosen by the student.


As part of their education, graduate students are required to attend courses from the graduate teaching program at the University of Basel.


The FMI provides financial support to graduate students in accordance with the scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Income is generous relative to international standards for PhD students.

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