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.).
Admission is competitive and is achieved through a selection procedure that takes place twice a year (usually in January and June).


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


The main supervisor of the PhD student is the leader of the research group. Students are also supported by a thesis committee composed of university professors, which the student chooses together with their supervisor. Additional academic advice and professional development support is also available through the FMI Dean of Students and Guidance Counsellor.


As part of their education, graduate students 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. Salary is generous relative to international standards for PhD students.

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