PhD Fellowships

Funded by

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF)

In brief

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.

Further requirements

Fellows are selected by the researchers on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. They make their decision on the basis of external expert reports and the reports of personal interviews with the Foundation staff. The candidate’s own achievement to-date, as well as the scientific quality of the project and the laboratory should be outstanding.

Type and extent of funding

Fellowship of 1,650 euros per month plus a lump sum of roughly 150 euros as well as country and family supplements (e.g. without family supplements 1,900 euros for Germany or 2,500 euros for the USA). In addition to this:

  • personal support
  • international scientific conferences
  • seminars to discuss the own scientific project
  • communication training
  • networking with other fellows and alumni


2 years. Under certain conditions this can be extended for an additional year.


The deadlines for applications are 1 February, 1 June and 1 October each year.