How to apply

  • Please register.

  • Once you have registered you will receive a personal login. Please also check your spam folder! With this login you can check the status of your application at anytime. Please complete all fields in ENGLISH. All mandatory fields are marked with *. The application form consists of several sections, please find the details below. SAVE your information in the section forms. Using your login you can edit your application form until you SUBMIT. Once you have submitted the form you will no longer be able to make any changes or add information, however you can check the status of your recommendation letters.

  • Login at the application portal and complete "My application".

    The application package consists of
    1. Personal Information
    If you have multiple names, please enter the name from your passport, we will use it later for your visa application. If applicable, please use hyphens. Please enter an address used by courier services and at least one telephone number.
    2. Education
    Enter information about your university and research thesis. If you have not graduated yet put an approximate date. Please assist us in assessing your academic performance by entering the best and worst grades used by your university, i.e. 1 best, 5 worst or A best F worst.
    Applicants holding (or expecting to hold) a MSc (Master in Science) degree including a research thesis are eligible to apply.
    If you hold a degree that is not a MSc, please send the name of the degree in the original language and the English translation to and we will inform you whether you are eligible to apply.
    If you hold a B.Sc. degree, you are unfortunately not eligible to apply.
    3. Honours/ awards
    Please list only international publications.
    Please select the research area you are most interested in from the drop down menu. The main research areas at MDC are Cardiovascular Biology, Cancer Biology, Neurobiology and Medical Systems Biology. In addition, you may also select drop down research key words that particularly match your interests.

    Optional: If you would like to be considered for one of the international exchange programs at the MDC, SignGene, the German - Israeli Program in Cell Signaling or MDC-NYU Exchange Program in Medical Systems Biology, please select the appropriate program field from the drop down menu.
    Research experience: Please list any supervised research projects extending over at least several weeks. Please indicate whether your contribution to the project work was of a theoretical or experimental nature.

    Use the research interest statement to specify your preferences for particular 
    groups or projects.

    You find participating group leaders and their respective projects in the current interview round presented under participating group leaders. It is strongly recommended that you carefully look into the research information and find projects and research labs that best fit your interests.

    Your preferred labs, projects and any interest in an exchange program should be stated in the research interest essay and the motivation statement of why you intend to do a PhD.

    Optional: if you like to be considered for an international exchange program please explain here why this opportunity is scientifically relevant for you.

    5. Names and addresses of 2 referees
    Please enter the names, addresses and affiliations of two referees. We recommend choosing referees that know you personally and are willing and able to write a description of your academic performance.
    As soon as you have entered contact details your referees will automatically receive a request for a letter of recommendation. Please make sure that references arrive on time! You cannot change your referee once you have saved the contact. If you wish to change a referee, contact us in time. It is essential that your referees complete the reference form before the application deadline. You can check the status of your references after submission with the colour code (The colour will change from orange to green after your referees have submitted their letters).
    6. Supplementary information
    Please tell us where you have heard about the International PhD program at the MDC first.

    7. Documents
    All documents must be uploaded as pdf files (max of 3MB).

    A short CV of 1 page is mandatory for the application.

    A scanned version of the following documents is recommended, if applicable:

    • university degree certficates
    • translation of your university degree certificate in English or German if available
    • transcript of records: official list of coursework including grades
    • GRE score if applicable
    • Language test if applicable
    • other major certificates
    8. Submit and Preview
    Don’t forget to submit your application once you have completed your sections. After submission you cannot change or add information, but you can check the status of your references. The completed application must be SUBMITTED by the application deadline. If there are any questions or problems, please contact our Graduate Office at