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The Max F. Perutz International PhD Program

posted Sep 10, 2011, 1:38 PM by Tri Kurniawan Wijaya

How to apply

The MFPL PhD Program is open to students who hold a Master’s degree in the biosciences, chemistry, or related fields, or students who expect to finish their master study before June 2012.
Our selections take place twice a year (May and November).

Admission to the MFPL Graduate School is very competitive, and solely carried out through a centralized selection procedure. Please note that applications can only be accepted via the online application system within the announced application period. Late or incomplete applications are not considered.

Applicants who hold a degree from a non-European university are requested to submit a GRE® (Graduate Record Examinations) score. When applying, please submit a copy of your official record. Find out more about the GRE here:

We consider the following countries as “European countries”: European Union (27 countries;, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.


Deadline for applications: September 30, 2011

Interview Days: November 28 – December 1, 2011


Evaluation of applications
The first evaluation is carried out by a committee of MFPL group leaders, who jointly shortlist the candidates to be invited for the Interview Days in Vienna. Invitations for the winter selection will be sent out by October 10, 2011.

Only applications submitted electronically via the Online Application System will be accepted. Applications submitted by fax, email or mail can not be considered.


The application consists of:
– the filled-in online application form;
– master certificates (if not yet available, upload transcripts of records or marksheets) and other supporting documents uploaded to the online application form;
– two confidential recommendation letters to be submitted by the referees directly to us. Download the Guideline for Referees and forward it to your referees.

Only references provided through institutional email accounts will be accepted. In cases where the referee only holds a ‘hotmail’, ‘gmail’ etc. account, ask your referee to send a reference letter on institutional headed paper as a PDF document to positions(at)
Note that we will not contact your referees – it is your responsibility to ensure that references reach us on time.

Your completed application form needs to be submitted before 30 September 2011, 23:59 CET (GMT + 1 hour).


Click here to apply online


Upon submission, your application will be considered for all open PhD positions offered. At the present stage, there is no need to state any group preference.