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)

Admission Timelines

Starting Date: 1 April1 October
Call for ApplicationsDecember/January     June/July
Deadline CfAin Januaryin July
Decision Board MeetingEnd of FebruaryEnd of August
Notification not before1 March1 September

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.

DAAD - Graduate School Scholarship Programme: Our Graduate School offers two scholarships per year funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to start in 2017 and 2018. The scholarships include all living costs as well as insurance and funds for research expenditures as well as travelling up to three years. The selection follows a two stage procedure: KoRS-CB will advertise application projects and nominates eligible candidates to the DAAD. The DAAD selection committee will award the scholarships.

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.)