Application Procedure

Who can apply?

Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. The language of instruction is English and applicants are expected to be highly proficient in this language. A certificate of English proficiency is not mandatory for application but must be provided by the selected students before admission to the PhD program.

Applicants should hold an equivalent of a masters' degree in natural or life sciences (chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology or related areas) or in medicine which included a written master thesis. Students must fulfil all eligibility requirements for entering PhD education in the country where they completed their master's education (typically the home country).

Students who have not yet finished their Masters' degree have to graduate until July 1, 2019. The master's thesis supervisor must confirm this in his/her letter of recommendation.

We offer PhD thesis projects to the most interested, ambitious, motivated and intelligent students to educate them for a career as scientists on an international level. Candidates are selected irrespective of sex, race or nationality.

Research projects of the current call

You may have a look at the concepts of the PhD programs, the faculties and then read the respective thesis projects. Choose three of them and include an original statement in your application form why you are interested in the particular projects.

Selection procedure

There will be a three-step selection procedure. In the first step, written applications will be ranked. In a second step, selected candidates may be contacted by skype interviews if one or more project leaders have further questions. In a third step, the top candidates will be invited for a personal hearing to Graz. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to a certain limit (details will be sent together with the invitation).

How to Apply

Applications are accepted exclusively through the online platform:

Please do not send any documents by regular mail or e-mail and refrain from contacting the project leaders directly.

There is no application fee.

Stage 1: Register on the Online Platform

  • To apply, you must first register on the online platform:
  • After completing the initial registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing your login ID and password. If you have already applied for the program in a previous academic year, you should continue to use your previous login ID and password. This will allow you to keep or update previously uploaded documents.
  • In total, you cannot apply more than two times for different calls of our PhD programs.

Stage 2: The Questionaire

  • Please answer the questions as complete as possible.
  • The application form contains mandatory components. As long as these are incomplete, submission will not be possible.
  • You can save the data and uploaded documents on the online platform and complete or modify your profile at a later date.

Stage 3: Letters of recommendation

  • You should arrange in advance to have two persons willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
  • In the questionnaire, you will be prompted to submit the details (first name, last name, university, city, country, e-mail address) of these two persons. These persons will receive a link by e-mail leading them to an online platform to answer a specific questionnaire.
  • Once the referee has filled the online form, the receipt will be acknowledged on your personal page of the online platform. It is up to the applicant to make any necessary reminders.
  • Recommendation letters sent by post or e-mail or by an applicant cannot be accepted.
  • Submission of the application is only possible after both referees have answered the online questionnaire.

Stage 4: Upload your Documents on the Online Platform

  • The following documents should be uploaded to your personal application page in Portable Document Format (one scanned copy merged in a single PDF file each):
    • BSc. degree certificate (if applicable)
    • BSc. transcripts of marks (academic record; if applicable)
    • MSc. degree certificate (if already obtained)
    • MSc. transcripts of marks (academic record, mandatory)
    • Certificate of English proficiency (if available; e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, GRE)
    • Copy of the passport
  • It is not necessary to translate or authenticate any documents for your application. (This will be required only if you are offered a PhD position. In this case we will provide the selected candidates with all reqired information about court translation and authentication of documents.)

Stage 5: Submission of the application

  • After you have finally submitted the application, no further changes are possible.
  • Submission after expiration of the application deadline will not be possible.
  • In total, you cannot apply more than two times for different calls of our PhD programs.


Deadline for applications March 31, 2019
In case of further questions, candidates may be contacted for skype interviews after the application deadline has expired.
Based on the written applications, the faculty will invite the best applicants to attend a hearing in Graz.
Skype interviews (in case of further questions) April 10-25, 2019
Invitation to the hearing /notification of non-acceptance starting April 7, 2019
Three day hearing in Graz June 24-26, 2019
Notification of acceptance / non-acceptance approx. one week after the hearing