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As a fellow, you have the unique opportunity to experience different research groups before deciding in which group to do your PhD. You are also offered a number of incentives to support your scientific growth.

Unique rotation-based choice of lab
The fellowship is independent and not tied to a research group or project. Candidates accepting the fellowship must conduct research in at least 2 different labs (rotations) at the Biozentrum, before they decide on the research group for the PhD thesis (pending approval of the respective group leader). The duration of these rotations are at least 2 months each. The PhD thesis underlies the general rules and guidelines of the University of Basel and candidates will automatically be part of the International PhD Program of the Biozentrum. The fellowship is funded for 3 years and 3 months.  

You are also offered a number of incentives to support your scientific and personal growth. Currently, the following benefits are provided (annual changes may apply): 

  • a personal, annual allowance to attend meetings, acquire books or a computer 
  • an annual study trip to a city with ties to Siemens
  • scientific meetings and networking opportunities with current students and alumni of the Biozentrum PhD Fellowships Program
  • support for the preparation of the personal CV and postdoctoral application by Biozentrum faculty members in the Program Committee
  • financial support for travel to postdoctoral interviews at the end of the PhD thesis

Đorđe Relić, PhD Student: “Working in different research groups before I had to decide where to do my PhD was not only interesting with regard to the range of topics but also to see how different groups function.”