PhD Program Admission and application

PhD Program
Admission and application

PhD Admission and application

PhD Application rounds

Open call for PhD positions starting on February 7, 2024!

Application deadline: March 24, 2024



Application Procedure

Who can apply?

Applicants must hold (or be close to obtaining) an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Master in any discipline of natural or life sciences or medicine which included a written master thesis.

Students who have not yet finished their Masters' degree can apply but have to be graduated before joining the PhD program.

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.

Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. Our Welcome Center will be readily available to help you with the visa application process and residence permit. Candidates are selected irrespective of sex, race or nationality.


Join our cutting-edge PhD program at one of Europe's leading universities in the field of medical research.

The thesis projects focus on cancer research, immunology, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular research and aging that integrate basic research and clinically oriented sciences utilizing a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art techniques. As a PhD student, you will be embedded in an interdisciplinary community of supervisors, fellow students and will enjoy broad administrative support.

PhD students receive a fully funded working contract (30 hours/week) for three years (1 initial year + 2 years extension) including health insurance and social benefits.

Research projects of the current call

Please find below the project description of all available projects taking part in the current call:

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 with the faculty at the Medical University of Graz on June 17 - 19 2024. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to a certain limit (details will be sent together with the invitation). Our Welcome Center will support you with your visa application and entry into Austria.

In case you will not be able to join the on-site hearing, you will have the chance to speak with our faculty members online.

How to Apply

Please apply here.

You do not need to contact the supervisors directly and 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.


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

Domenic Hofmann 
T: +43 316 385 72086
Domenic Hofmann