PhD Fellowships

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In brief

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) awards PhD Fellowships to outstanding early career 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.

Further requirements

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

Monthly stipend plus a flat-rate for research-related costs of 150 euros and country-related premiums (e.g. 2,100 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 training 
  • worldwide network of fellows and alumni


2 years. Maximum extension: 18 months.


You will find information about the application procedure on the programme website (see link below).

Funding programmes by the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) supports up-and-coming junior scientists whose research projects experimentally elucidate the basic phenomena of human life. Find information about all BIF funding programmes here.

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