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PhD Program at International Max Planck Research School Translational Psychiatry

IMPRS-TP’s research aim is the translation of basic and clinical research into practical solutions for improved diagnosis and treatment of people affected by psychiatric disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders.

IMPRS-TP provides interdisciplinary training in molecular, cellular and systemic psychiatric research to outstanding doctoral students in an environment of scientific excellence and collaboration to foster translational research. During the course of their studies, students are exposed to a wide range of scientific questions and methods covering areas of molecular medicine, neuroscience, psychiatry, neuroimaging, design-based stereology and clinical studies.

IMPRS-TP welcomes applications from doctoral candidates coming from any country who hold a 4 year Bachelor or Master of Science (or an equivalent degree) in a relevant field or a Medical Degree. Applications from trainee medical doctors with laboratory experience are particularly encouraged. 

The 2017/2018 application period is now open. The application deadline is January 2, 2018. 

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Alexa BallLMU Munich, PhD Program
PhD Programs at Munich Medical Research School

The Munich Medical Research School (MMRS) is a central institution of the LMU's Medical Faculty. It is designed as an umbrella structure spanning all doctoral studies (regular doctoral theses and structured Ph.D. programs) in the areas of human medicine, dental medicine, human biology and the life sciences.

One of the main tasks of the MMRS is to establish PhD. core areas under the examination regulations for "PhD. Medical Research", in order to promote the faculty's internationalization. To date, the core areas "International Health" (Center for International Health), "Oral Sciences" (Poliklinik für Zahnerhaltung und Parodontologie) and " Epidemiology & Public Health" (IBE) are on offer. 

MMRS is currently accepting applications for the individual PhD program for the summer 2018 semester and the program of Oral Sciences for the winter 2018 semester.

The application deadline is January 31, 2018. 

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Alexa BallLMU Munich
PhD Program Medical Research in Epidemiology & Public Health

The PhD Program in Medical Research in Epidemiology & Public Health (PhD-EPH) is an international and interdisciplinary program is a part of the Pettenkofer School of Public Health and the Munich Medical Research School. The program offers talented students research and training opportunities in the following fields: Genetic, Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Trials and Translational Medicine, Clinical and Evidence-based Prevention, Pharmacoepidemiology, Evidence-based Public Health and Health Economics.

Eligible applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in public health, epidemiology, medicine, pharmacy, natural sciences, psychology, social sciences, statistics, economics, sport sciences, law, communication science or other relevant field (to be obtained not later than 5 months after the application deadline). Applicants should demonstrate good mathematical and statistical skills as well as proficiency in English. 

The application period begins in December 2017. The application deadline is January 31, 2018. 

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PhD Positions in NanoScience and Biophysics at Center for NanoScience

The mission of CeNS is to promote and coordinate interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscience in the Munich area. CeNS is an association of junior and senior scientists from basic research and industry and is conceived as a network, joining people from various institutions (LMU, TU Munich, University of Augsburg and others).

CeNS announces its 2018 call for applications for PhD positions, short-term scholarships and one postdoc position. Outstanding candidates in the fields of natural sciences and life sciences from all around the world are invited to submit their application. The PhD and postdoc positions will start between May and October 2018.

The 14 PhD positions, three short-term scholarships and one postdoc position offer excellent re­search conditions and multidisciplinary education within the stimulating scientific environment of the Center for NanoScience, the Initial training Network "DNA-Robotics", the Collaborative Research Center SFB863 "Forces in Biomolecular Systems", the Collaborative Research Center SFB1032 "Nanoagents" and the Initial Training Network "Light-Matter Interface for Enabling Quantum Technologies (LIMQUET)".

The application deadline is February 5, 2018

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Alexa BallLMU Munich
PhD Program at Graduate School of Systemic Neurosciences

The GSN is the teaching entity for the Munich Center for Neurosciences - Brain & Mind (MCN), offering an integrated program of study which takes students from their bachelor to a master or doctoral degree. Under the umbrella of the Munich Center for Neurosciences - Brain & Mind, the GSN looks to link research groups from behavioral & cognitive neuroscience, biomedical neuroscience, cellular & systems neuroscience, molecular & developmental neuroscience, neurophilosophy and theoretical neuroscience & technical applications. Through creating an interdisciplinary network of research the GSN provides a stimulating environment for students and faculty to produce novel formulations of current concepts and theories.

The GSN is now accpeting applications for the PhD program. Applicants must hold an MSc or equivalent degree in biology, psychology, medicine, physics or related fields. Exceptionally qualified students holding a Bachelor's degree can apply for the PhD fast-track program.

The application deadline is February 15, 2018.

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Alexa Balllmu munich, LMU Munich
PhD Program at Center for International Health

The PhD program in Medical Research - International Health at the Center for International Health (CIH) at LMU Munich combines health related research in the widest sense and development cooperation. Special focus lies in educating young researchers to become in their turn educators within developing countries and thus the next generation of health professionals. Not only acquisition of knowledge for their personal interest, but to import knowledge to areas in need and multiply it there should be one leading work ethic while being a PhD student at CIH-LMU. This motive is complying with global development strategies that have recognized the human resource crisis as a key factor in the deterioration of health systems in developing countries.

The PhD program is open to anyone, particularly candidates from developing countries, sharing the interest in health-related issues in the field of development cooperation. Individuals working in the field of health or in health related areas that are willing to improve local research and health situations both through manpower and knowledge are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will have completed university bachelor and master degree in a health related discipline, medical school degree, or adequate equivalent education at the time of application. 

The application deadline is February 28, 2018.

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Alexa BallLMU Munich
Doctoral Training Program in the Learning Sciences

The Doctoral Training Program (DTP) is one central training component of the MCLS, the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences. The main goals of the DTP include facilitating access to methods and skills of the participating disciplines to the doctoral students, support in designing and conducting state-of-the-art dissertation research projects, doctoral research quality ensurance in the context of the MCLS through systematic support, and the integration of the doctoral students into the relevant scientific communities. The program offers a structured set of courses and seminars and organizes visits by guest speakers, research colloquia and key qualifications. It is aimed at excellent doctoral candidates who have a strong research interest in the field of Learning Sciences and very good knowledge of methodology and research skills. The language of instruction is English.

Eligible applicants must have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Education, or a related discipline.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

Alexa BallLMU Munich
MISU - Munich International Summer University

Every year, more than 950 students from no less than 80 countries make MISU a truly international experience. Benefit from access to renowned professors who will inspire you to broaden your thinking and your goals. Immerse yourself in German through a wide array of Language Courses. Choose a Summer Academy from the entire spectrum of the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Gain credit towards your degree. Take advantage of a broad range of services which will help make your stay an enriching and unforgettable experience in Munich – one of Germany’s hubs of history, culture, and outdoor activities.

To register for MISU, view the course listings online, select your course, and apply directly to the respective German Language Course or Summer Academy. Every course has its own online application procedure, explained in full on its webpage.

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Joyce MaLMU Munich
PhD Program at Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies

The Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies is an English-speaking cooperative doctoral program on international relations, offered by Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), the Hertie School of Governance (Hertie School), and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center (WZB). With its open approach to international relations at the intersection of political science, economics, history, law, and sociology, the BTS looks at the most exciting changes and debates in an era of globalization and fragmentation.

The PhD programme consists of three years of study starting in September of each year. Students earn 180 credit points throughout the program. The bulk of the workload for candidates will take the form of independent thesis research. All candidates are required to successfully complete content-oriented survey courses, colloquia on research methods, and multidisciplinary skills workshops. Candidates will also be required to present the results of their research at research colloquia and at academic conferences.

Admission is open to graduates of master’s programs (or equivalent) in the social sciences, political science, international relations, sociology, economics, law, or related disciplines.

The application period begins December 1, 2017. The application deadline is January 31, 2018.

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Doctoral Grants at Berlin Graduate School of North American Studies

The Graduate School of North American Studies at the John F. Kennedy-Institute at Freie Universität Berlin invites applications for seven doctoral grants for the academic year 2018/2019. 

The School's interdisciplinary program seeks to analyze changes in North American societies past and present. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and taught by faculty members from all six departments of the John F. Kennedy Institute (cultural studies, economics, history, literary studies, political science and sociology). 

Eligible applicants must have a completed degree (Master or equivalent) in American Cultural Studies, American Literature, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics or a related discipline and are expected to submit an outline of their doctoral research project.

Doctoral grants are awarded by the DAAD's Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) as well as the German Research Foundation (DFG). 

The application deadline is January 31, 2018. 

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PhD Program in Latin American Studies

The doctoral program in Latin American Studies from a Comparative and Transregional Perspective is largely concerned with the states, cultures and societies of Latin America and gives young researchers the opportunity to complete their doctorate in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented curriculum and research program. During the course of the program and the research process, different perspectives are brought together and expanded on with interdisciplinary and regional knowledge. The goal of the doctoral program is to train highly qualified researchers and provide them with the necessary support for carrying out exceptional research in their chosen areas of specialization (Cultural and Social Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Literature and Cultures of Latin American, Economics, Political Science and Sociology). 15 doctoral positions are available beginning in October 2018.

The application deadline is February 15, 2018.

PhD Program Computational Biology and Scientific Computing

The International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing educates students at the interface of computer science and biology. The school is a joint graduate program of Freie Universität Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPIMG). The program features comprehensive training consisting of the PhD thesis work in one of the research groups of the school, a curriculum comprised of lectures, scientific meetings and workshops in transferable skills, the possibility for international cooperation and travel.

The program selects 3 to 6 doctoral candidates per year. Applicants must provide an online application and attend a selection symposium held in April 2018. 

The application deadline is February 18, 2018. 

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Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science

The Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS) attracts exceptional young academics by offering a research oriented course program, close student-faculty interaction, and excellent research opportunities. By cooperating across Berlin's institutions, we offer a broad curriculum from different areas of economics, finance, and the management sciences. The main goal of the program is to train its students in conducting internationally competitive research, to generate a productive research environment, and, in doing so, to provide the basis for a successful career in academia or in other research-oriented professions.

Admission requires a Master's degree (Fast Track applicants of couse apply with a Bachelor degree), preferably in economics, business administration, mathematics, statistics, or a related subject. The online application portal will open January 20, 2018.

The application deadline is March 20, 2018.


FUBiS Summer Term at Freie Universität Berlin  

FUBiS is an intensive, academic program through which students can earn credits that may be counted towards their degrees at their home institutions. FUBiS sessions run for 3 to 6 weeks and take place both in summer and winter. FUBiS offers subject classes and German language classes for learners from all levels of proficiency. Most classes are held in English by distinguished German and international faculty.Courses on European culture, history, and politics, as well as German language courses.

Registration for the FUBiS summer Term II (June 2, 2018 - July 14, 2018) and Term III (July 21, 2018 - August 18, 2018) is now open.

The registration deadline for Term II is May 5, 2018. 

The registration deadline for Term III is June 23, 2018.