Europe: Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships for International Applicants

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Study Subject(s): Fellowships are provided in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge.

Course Level: The fellowships are available for pursuing PhD degree level.

Scholarship Provider: The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

Scholarship can be taken at: The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships in an internationally leading laboratory. A citizen of an overseas country will pursue the PhD project in Europe.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards PhD fellowships to European citizens working in Europe or overseas, and to non-European citizens pursuing their PhD project in Europe. Applicants should not be older than 27 years at the respective deadline (1 February, 1 June, 1 October).
The PhD project must be experimental, in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge. For a survey of the range of topics, please refer to FUTURA, the international journal of the foundation. Natural scientists should have been awarded their diploma, BSc, MSc or equivalent degree; physicians, veterinary surgeons and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations.
At the deadline, the applicant should not have been working on his/her project for more than 6 months. The beginning of the PhD project is considered by BIF to be:
The date of the final examination (e.g. BSc, MSc, Diploma, DEA, Licenciatura, Laurea) on the official certificate if the applicant continues to work in the same research group; or
The month of arrival at the laboratory in which the PhD project is pursued if the applicant changes his/her research group.
In other cases, i.e. when participating in MSc/PhD programmes or graduate schools without an official final examination prior to the PhD project, please contact us. The foundation gives preference to applicants who are about to begin their PhD work when they apply for the fellowship; preliminary results are not expected.
We do not support:
Applied research, such as biotechnological and pharmaceutical development and studies on the course of diseases or the treatment of symptoms;
botanical and prokaryotic investigations unless they are of general biological importance;
education, we can support only research. Fellowships therefore cannot be used during the course and the rotation phase of PhD programmes, but only for the duration of the PhD project.
-Furthermore, the PhD fellowships cannot be used to supplement inadequate funding from other institutions or earned incomes, to bridge temporary financial difficulties or to complete investigations already sponsored by other institutions.

Scholarship Open for International Students: International or EU students can apply for the fellowships.

Scholarship Description: The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists (max. age: 27 years) who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory. To promote basic research in biomedicine by providing the best young, up-and-coming scientists with comprehensive support during their PhD phase.

Number of award(s): Approximately 15 fellowships are awarded at each Board meeting.

Duration of award(s): PhD fellowships are granted for 24 months and can be extended once for a maximum of 12 months.

What does it cover? The fellowship comprises a competitive monthly stipend that is initially granted for 2 years and that can be extended for up to another 12 months. Participation in international scientific conferences is also supported. In addition, fellowship holders will get personal support, seminars to discuss their projects, communication training and alumni meetings, and thus can become part of a worldwide network.

Selection criteria: The scientists in the Board of Trustees and the external peer reviewer evaluate applications according to the following three criteria:
-the applicant’s achievements to date (grades and curriculum vitae);
-the scientific quality, e.g. originality and inventiveness, of the proposed PhD project;
-the scientific standard of the laboratories in which the project is to be pursued.

Notification: The final decision on the applications selected in the first round will be reached approximately 5 months after the deadline.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is October 1, 2013.

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