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Friedrich miescher institute scholarships to study in switzerland 2021

The Friedrich Miescher Institute, affiliated with the University of Basel and the Institutes Novartis for Biomedical Research (NIBR), has the honor to announce to the international public the opening of applications for its scholarships program for the academic year 2022-2023.

The IMF offers both a doctoral program and an MD-PhD program. The doctoral program accepts students with a university degree in life sciences or any related field , the MD-PhD program is designed for medical students interested in basic scientific research.

Both programs offer students the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research in a stimulating, highly international and collaborative atmosphere.


DEADLINE : May 2, 2021.
LEVEL : Doctorate.
FINANCING : See details below.
TARGET AUDIENCE : All nationalities without restriction.
HOST COUNTRY : Switzerland.
HOST ESTABLISHMENT : Friedrich Miescher Institute.


The Friedrich Miescher Institute provides financial support to students in accordance with the scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The salary is generous by international standards for doctoral students.

The following salary ranges are annual gross minimum salaries:

  • For his 1st year, the candidate will receive an annual salary equal to CHF 47,040 (42,442 euros).
  • During his 2nd year, the candidate will receive an annual salary equal to CHF 48’540 (43 795 euros).
  • The candidate will receive, during his third year and more, an annual salary equal to CHF 50’040 (45,148 euros).


the Friedrich Miescher Institute, in collaboration with the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, the Department of Biomedicine of the University of Basel, the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) of ETH and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (TPH), offers an international and interdisciplinary higher education program in the fields of:

  1. Neurobiology
  2. Cell biology
  3. Developmental biology
  4. Biophysical chemistry
  5. Structural biology
  6. Systems biology
  7. Bioinformatics
  8. Biology of infections


Doctoral program :

Applicants must hold, or expect to receive prior to enrollment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a doctorate or equivalent program in their home country (master’s, diploma, DEA, etc.).

MD-PHD Program (Doctorate in Medicine and Philosophy) :

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Applicants must have studied, or expect to receive prior to enrollment, medicine and hold a university degree that would formally qualify them for clinical training in their home country (medical degree, approval, etc.). It is strongly recommended having documented research laboratory experience. Interested students can devote up to 20% of their doctoral time to clinical work.


The study programs at the Friedrich Miescher Institute leading to a doctorate from the University of Basel usually last from four to five years.

The deadline for applications is May 2, 2022. Interviews will take place in June 2022.

Interviews will take place online.


The application procedure is the same for the doctorate and the MD-PhD program. A group of shortlisted candidates will be invited for online interviews in June.

To apply, complete the online application form (the “APPLY” button below).

You must provide the contact details of at least one referee familiar with your training and research experience. Multiple letters (up to three) are preferred. Referees will receive a personalized link to download their letter (not visible to you) once you submit their contact details.

Ask your referee (s) to use this letter of recommendation template: Letter of recommendation template.

 APPLY (doctoral program)     APPLY MD-PHD (for physicians only)     SOURCE 

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