Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowships for International Applicants, 2022

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds is providing PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists who wish to pursue an ambitious project of approximately 3 years in Germany.

These PhD fellowships are provided to promote basic research in biomedicine by providing the best young, up-and-coming scientists with comprehensive support during their PhD phase.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) supports up-and-coming junior scientists whose research projects experimentally elucidate the basic phenomena of human life and organize two International Titisee Conferences per year.

Brief Description

  • Course Level: Fellowships are awarded for the PhD program.
  • Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the field of basic biomedical research and aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge.
  • Scholarship AwardThe 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 are offered personal support, seminars to discuss their projects, communication training and alumni meetings, and thus can become part of a worldwide network.
  • Scholarship can be taken at Germany


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this Fellowship:

  • The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards PhD fellowships to European citizens working in Europe or overseas and to non-European citizens pursuing their PhD projects in Europe.
  • The PhD projects 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.
  • Your first university entrance qualification (secondary or high school leaving certificate, A-levels, or entrance/access test for first university studies after finishing school) must not have been completed more than 8 years, i.e. 96 months ago.
  • Natural scientists should have been awarded their last university degree before embarking on their PhD (BSc, Diploma, MSc, or equivalent). If you have not yet finished your MSc studies and/or have not received your MSc degree certificate by the deadline, you can submit it up to four months after the deadline.
  • Physicians, veterinary surgeons, and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The application for a PhD fellowship of the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) consists of
  • An application form on the online portal including a PDF copy containing documents:
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Title and summary of PhD project (max. 1,400 characters including spaces)
  • Project proposal
  • Reasons for wishing to work with the proposed group
  • Summary of the final experimental thesis
  • List of applicant’s publications
  • Scans of certificates of all academic qualifications (including grades) and certificates of professional education prior to university (if applicable); in chronological order, newest on top. If the language of certificates is other than English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, or Turkish, please provide a translation.
  • Scans of high school diploma/secondary school leaving certificate
  • Entrance Requirements: Natural scientists should have been awarded their diploma, BSc, MSc or equivalent degree; physicians, veterinary surgeons and pharmacists should have passed their state examinations.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 1 February, 1 June, 1 October of each year.

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