Invitation and Interview week


Applicants will be chosen based on their academic qualification, aptitude, motivation, scientific interest and letters of recommendation. Complete applications will be forwarded to participating group leaders at the MDC and partner institutions. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to Berlin for interviews. Invitation letters will be sent 6-7 weeks after the application deadline.


Interview Week in Berlin

Interviews at the MDC are organised as a 4-day symposium including a Berlin city tour, Campus tour, dinners and various occasions to meet faculty and PhD researchers. Visa expenses, accommodation and food for the interview days are fully covered by the MDC.


  • Monday: Arrival on campus, registration, lab presentations of participating research groups and dinner with PhD program coordinators and group leaders
  • Tuesday: Short presentation of master project to MDC faculty and personal interviews with research group leaders
  • Wednesday: Panel interview with four faculty members and personal interviews with research group leaders
  • Thursday: Personal interviews with research group leaders and lab visits 
  • Friday: Submission of preferences and departure

On Friday morning candidates provide names of the research group(s) they would like to join for a PhD project. In a final plenary session, faculty determines the candidates who will be accepted to the Int. PhD Program. Results of the plenary session are announced within 3 days and successful candidates receive an invitation letter. Successful candidates must start their research project within 6 months after the interviews.