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financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and 3 universities in Graz (Medical University, University, University of Technology)
Start of the projects: March 1, 2015
Application deadline: September 21, 2014
The Medical University of Graz, the University of Graz and the Graz University of Technology and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) offer international PhD programs in "Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease" (DK-MCD), "Molecular Fundamentals of Inflammation" (DK-MOLIN), and "Molecular Medicine" that provide an in-depth, multidisciplinary training in biomedical research in a stimulating international environment. The thesis projects focus on aspects of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, inflammatory diseases, as well as novel therapeutic targets, and integrate basic research and clinically-oriented sciences utilizing a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art techniques.
Selected PhD students get employed for 3 years with a contract that includes social benefits. Moreover, DK-MCD and DK-MOLIN students will be encouraged to spend up to one year abroad joining other collaborating laboratories with the possibility of a 4th year extension of their contract.
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. The selection procedure, all training activities and communications will be in English. Thus, excellent written and spoken English skills are required.

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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. 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 must fulfil all eligibility requirements for entering PhD education in the country where they completed their master's education (typically the home country).
Students who have not yet finished their Masters' degree have to graduate until 1st December 2014. The master's thesis supervisor must confirm this in his/her letter of recommendation.
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 concepts of the programs, the faculties 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.

  • Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease (DK-MCD)
  • Molecular Fundamentals of Inflammation (DK-MOLIN)
  • Molecular Medicine (MolMed)

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 will be contacted by skype interviews. 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 available here.
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.
All information about the call, application procedure and offered projects is also available as a summary for download.
Stage 1: Register on the Online Platform

  • To apply, you must first register on the online platform available here.
  • 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 3 three times for different calls of our PhD programs.

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.
  • 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)

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 3 three times for different calls of our PhD programs.

Deadline for applicationsSeptember 21, 2014
Based on the written applications, the faculty will select candidates for skype interviews. The best applicants will be invited to attend a hearing in Graz.
Skype interviewsOctober 6 – 17, 2014
Invitation to the hearing /notification of non-acceptancestarting October 17, 2014
Three day hearing in Grazend of November - early December 2014
Notification of acceptance / non-acceptance one week after the hearing
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