The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior researchers who wish to carry out an ambitious scientific PhD project in basic biomedical research at an internationally leading laboratory.
Who can apply?
Applications for BIF PhD fellowships can be submitted by European citizens working in Europe or overseas as well as by 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 and acquiring new scientific knowledge.
Fellows are selected by the renowned scientists comprising the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. They make their decision on the basis of specialist external reports and personal interviews. The process is highly competitive. A successful PhD fellowship application must therefore be outstanding in terms of the candidate's achievements to date, as well as the scientific quality of the proposed research project and host laboratory.
Type and extent of funding
Basic stipend of 1,650 euros per month plus a flat-rate for research-related costs of 150 euros and country-related premiums (e.g. 2,000 euros in total in Germany). In addition to this:
- personal support
- financial support for international scientific conferences, courses, and laboratory co-operations
- family allowances (e.g. spouse and child care allowances)
- scientific seminars to discuss the fellow’s own scientific projects
- communication trainings
- worldwide network of fellows and alumni
2 years. Maximum extension: 18 months.
The deadlines for applications are 1 February, 1 June and 1 October each year.