Frequently Asked Questions about the program and the application procedure
We invite MSc graduates from any relevant discipline (biochemistry, biophysics, (physical) chemistry, theoretical physics, mathematics, statistics, (bio)informatics) and from any country who are interested in interdisciplinary research to apply. Please note that you need to have completed your Master's degree by the time you start the QBM program, but not by the time of application. We also expect candidates to be proficient in English.
Applications for QBM have to be submitted through the QBM online application tool. Applications submitted by mail or email or outside of the application window will not be considered.
For classes starting in Fall 2016, the application window will open October 2015 - details will be provided here in due time. Please note, QBM can only accept applications submitted through the QBM online application tool. Applications submitted by mail or email or outside of this application window will not be considered.
No, there is no tuition or other cost associated with participation in the QBM PhD Program.
QBM students receive an attractive compensation package that is competitive with other top graduate schools in the life sciences in Europe. The comprehensive financial support includes a fellowship package totaling about 1700 €/month in take-home pay, which permits an adequate standard even for the relatively high cost of living in Munich. In addition, the School provides financial support for educational and scientific activities such as conference travel, as well as relocation and child care expenses.
No, financial support is independent of the candidate’s choice of QBM research group.
The full list of QBM faculty members can be accessed here.
In exceptional cases we will accept submission of required documents at a later date; however, please contact the QBM office to discuss the matter.
Please describe in a written essay your motivation for applying to the QBM PhD-Program.
Please describe in a written essay (not a resume in the style of a CV) your scientific skills, taking into account methodologies, techniques, and subjects.
No, an application photo is not required. It is thought to be helpful for a reviewer to associate a face with an application. However, it plays no role in the evaluation process.
No, only research groups participating in the QBM PhD Program may be chosen.
Yes, please upload your latest certificate, even if it is a few years old.
No, you do not need to upload a CV. The CV will be generated through the questionnaire in the application tool.
Yes, so long as you will finish your degree by the time the QBM program starts.
Your referee of choice will be contacted automatically the moment you press the “send mail”-button next to the email-field in the respective “Referee”-tab. You will receive a notification once the referee has submitted a recommendation letter on your behalf.
Please pay particular attention to the spelling of the email address, when providing information in the "Referee"- section.
Note that QBM will send reminder notifications directly to the referees.
No, we will not accept letters of recommendation submitted by applicants. QBM will ask the referees to submit their evaluation directly online through a link provided to them. They can quickly paste in their existing letters of recommendation; we also ask the referees to fill in a short evaluation form.
Providing the contact details of a third referee is optional. Therefore, no automatic email will be sent. QBM will contact the third referee directly in case his or her input is needed.
Yes, certified translations of your documents into English or German have to be provided. Please submit certified translations in addition to copies of your original documents.
Yes, please submit certified translations in addition to copies of your original documents.
You can edit, change uploads, and save your application as many times as you wish as long as you do not press the ‘submit’ button. However, once you have formally submitted your application you are no longer able to carry out any changes. Please contact the QBM office if you wish to upload additional documents.
No, unfortunately not. In order to find the best match possible between the candidate and advisor / co-advisor, we want the candidate to participate in the interview week in Munich. However, QBM will be covering the accommodation costs and reimburse the travel expenses for each invited candidate.
No, there is only one application round per year for the QBM PhD Program.
Yes, you may apply again. Note, however, that re-applications will only be considered if significant progress can be demonstrated.