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Center of Infection Biology and Immunity

Frequently Asked Questions - PhD Program

Before contacting us, please carefully read through Eligibility, How to apply and this page. Most of your questions will be answered this way. If things are still unclear please feel free to contact us: info@zibi-berlin.de 

General questions about requirements and support.

No, there are no tuition fees associated with being a PhD student at a German university. However,  Berlin universities charge a fee that amounts to roughly six hundred Euros per year. This includes free public transport in the Berlin metropolitan area and lots of other benefits that are well worth paying for.

Of course not! We happily accept applications from any country in the world. However, please make an effort to help us understanding your education / academic achievements / your country’s grading system.

In general, you will be paid by the lab you are doing your PhD project in. Your remuneration will easily cover your living costs in Berlin assuming a “student-type” lifestyle. The funding source may differ depending on the project you end up with.

As a rough estimate we can tell you that we usually receive around 100-150 applications per position. We make our decision solely based on the quality of the applications, so please take the time to demonstrate your qualities and make yours stand out! Around 40 candidates will be invited to the selection week.

If you fulfill the criteria mentioned in our eligibility section (German MSc, excellent German BSc or international equivalents in a discipline related to our research) then you are eligible to apply. If you hold an MD, DVM or other related degrees that do not fall into this scheme, you will likely need extensive laboratory skills, epidemiological experience or bioinformatics knowledge in order for us to consider your application. Our recommendation is to always go for an application if in doubt! Please accept our sincere apologies that we cannot analyze individual situations at this stage.

No, after midnight CET on December, 29th 2021 our application system will automatically close. No further application is possible. We have one to two central admission round per year. If a call is closed, we will normally not recruit until the next central call.

Submission of reference letters is possible until January 3rd. If your referee cannot manage to provide the reference letters within this timeframe, we cannot include them in your application. Your application is then not complete and will be discarded. Only applications with 2 submitted references will pass to the assessment stage. So please make sure to advise your referees on time and make sure from your end, they submit your reference on time.

We will keep you up to date with the application process. Assessment will only start after the call has closed. You can expect a first individual feedback on your application by the end of January 2022. The final results of the selection procedure – candidates progressing further through the selection process will be kept informed, a final decision will be made in the week starting March 07, 2022 shortly after the online selection week.