PhD Program Admission and application

PhD Program
Admission and application

PhD Admission and application

Currently there is no open call for PhD applications! The next call will be launched by the end of July 2021.


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 who have not yet finished their Masters' degree can apply but have to be graduated until September, 2021.

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 concept of the program, the faculty 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

Application are made exclusively through the online platform:

Please do not send any documents by regular mail or e-mail unless you are explicitly asked to do so by our staff. 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 program.
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 an e-mail prompting them to register on the online platform and 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 will not be considered
  • 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)
    • 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 required Information about court translation and authentification 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 program.
  • Deadline for applications: May 5, 2021

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 an online hearing.

  • Skype interviews (in case of further questions): May 18 - 30, 2021
  • Invitation to the hearing /notification of non-acceptance: June 1, 2021
  • Three day hearing (via video conference): June 28 -30, 2021
  • Notification of acceptance / non-acceptance: one week after the hearing  


Miriam Sedej PhD
T: +43 316 385 71630
Miriam Sedej

Domenic Hofmann 
T: +43 316 385 72086
Domenic Hofmann