Are you a medical student in Germany with a passion for research in the field of Life Sciences & Health Biomedicine and Medicine? If so, the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) is offering a fantastic opportunity for you to pursue a PhD degree through their MD Fellowships program. This program provides partial funding, including a monthly stipend and other benefits, to support medical students in conducting experimental research projects in basic biomedical research.
To be eligible for this prestigious fellowship, you must meet the following requirements:
- Study Medicine in Germany: Applicants should be enrolled in a medical program in Germany.
- Pause Studies: Selected candidates must temporarily pause their studies and change their working location for the duration of the MD fellowship.
- Time of Research Stay: The research stay must take place before the third part of the medical examination.
- Academic Performance: Applicants should have achieved good to very good results in the first section of the medical examination and throughout their studies.
- Advance Notice: Interested candidates must inform the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds at least 3 months prior to the planned change of location.
- Time Since High School Exam: Applications must be submitted within 8 years after obtaining the university entrance qualification or high school-leaving exam.
- Research Scope: The fellowship does not support clinical studies, botanical and prokaryotic investigations, or applied research.
To apply for the MD Fellowships, you need to submit the following documents:
- Personal Details: Provide your personal information, contact details, and nationality.
- Scientific Education: Share details of your academic background, university studies, and any relevant practical training or research experiences.
- Honours and Awards: Include any fellowships, prizes, or non-scientific activities you’ve been involved in.
- Research Project Information: Describe your research project’s title, future work address, and scientific supervisors at the host and home institutes.
- Project Proposal: Present a detailed project proposal, including an introduction, problem formulation, objectives, methods, and work schedule.
- References: List up to five published articles relevant to your research from your scientific supervisors.
- Financial Circumstances: Provide information about any other funding applications and your present net income.
- Information Source: Explain how you first learned about the MD fellowship program.
- Additional Documents: Include a letter of motivation, certificates of your exam results, letters of recommendation, and acceptance from your host institute.
The selection process will be based on the following factors:
- Applicants’ Achievements: Your academic and research accomplishments will be taken into account.
- Scientific Quality of Proposed Research: The potential impact and significance of your research project will be evaluated.
- Scientific Standard of the Laboratory: The reputation and quality of the laboratory where you plan to conduct your research will be considered.
The best part is that the application deadline is “Always Open,” allowing you to apply at any time that suits your plans and research schedule.