To qualify for admission, you should hold a master's degree (or equivalent) in biology, chemistry, life sciences, computer science, or related subjects. You should have finished your studies significantly above average, and have a proven interest in chemical biology.

Application Procedure

Our call is closed now! To prepare your application for the next call, we will request the following information and documents:

  • A maximum of three PhD projects you are interested in, and ranked by your preference
  • A motivation letter (max. 500 words)
  • Contact details for two academic references (please note that we will contact them during the application process ourselves)
  • Curriculum vitae (only accepted in chronological order)
  • Copy of your bachelor's and master's degree certificates (or equivalent) incl. transcripts of records
  • Proven proficiency in English: at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required (Here you can find detailed information on accepted certificates).
  • Applications are only accepted via our online application platform (the link will be displayed here when our call is open)

How to finance your PhD

KoRS-CB Fellowship: The Konstanz Research School Chemical Biology offers scholarships (1.450 € monthly) up to three years for excellent applicants.

Other fellowships: Interested applicants are also encouraged to apply to other institutions for funding. A wide range of public and private foundations offer postgraduate scholarships in Germany and also abroad. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships and provides a database of scholarship sources on its website. Useful links to further scholarship sources are:

Employment: Employment in one of the participating departments, as a teaching assistant at an academic chair or as a research assistant within a research project, is a further possibility of financing. Please find here job offers at the University of Konstanz or apply directly at a chair from our research areas.

Tuition + cost of living

There are no tuition fees for doctoral students but the following contributions each term (summer/winter) as of February 2017:

  • A contribution to the Student Services Seezeit (80 €),
  • An administrative fee for services of the University administration (70 €),
  • Student's Union contribution (10 €).

Cost of Living

Cost of Living of a student in Baden-Württemberg (source: 21th social survey conducted on behalf of the Deutsches Studentenwerk 2016):

  • Rent incl. utilities: 352 €
  • Food: 168 €
  • Clothing: 42 €
  • Health Insurance/Drugs: 80 €
  • Leisure activities: 61 €
  • Phone/Internet: 31 €
  • Learning materials: 20 €
  • Public transport: 54 €
  • Car: 120 €

⇒ Cost of Living (using public transport): 808 € (Please note that these figures are average costs.)