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Application Procedure


Application Methods

The application site is now closed. Online applications for the October 2020 intake can be submitted between 1st December 2019 and 1st April 2020.

Please note that we only accept applications made through our online system which can be found here:



Deadline for Applications

Our application system is now closed. Applications for the October 2020 intake can be submitted again from 1st December 2019 until 1st April 2020. You can start your application and come back to change it or finish it as often as you like until then or until you submit it (no changes possible after submission!). After 1st April all incomplete applications will be disregarded.


Your Application

Once you have completed our online application process you will be notified automatically regarding the following steps. Please refrain from contacting us in the meantime as this will slow down our work enormously.




Interviews for shortlisted candidates are planned for 14th/15th May and 12th/13st June 2019.


Interview format


The interview lasts approximately 20 minutes. The interview is broken down into a 7-minute Powerpoint presentation in English on your diploma/finals (or similar) project. The final slide of your presentation should be used to summarize your education and relevant experience.


Subsequently, questions are asked by the interview panel on the project and general questions on your studies and yourself. The panel is made up of the chairman of the program as well as the supervisors of the projects on offer. Additional time will be available during various breaks during the day to make personal contact with supervisors.


On invitation to the interview, candidates will also be sent details on all the projects available. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that candidates arrange an appointment with the supervisor of the project(s) in which they are interested. This can be before or after your interview. This is an invaluable opportunity to find out more about the project, meet the team involved and visit the corresponding laboratories.




Successful candidates will be informed in writing by the coordination office shortly after the interview and will be sent an official letter of acceptance by email and by post.


Program start

Students are to arrive in Hannover at the beginning of October.

The orientation week usually commences in the first week of October.

Term starts in mid-October.



Can I apply with a BSc?

Only on very rare occasions if you have a BSc with Honours from a Scotish, Irish or Australian University. Please click here for a list of accepted degrees


Is this program open to all international students?

Yes, as well as many German students, we currently have students from Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Italy, Iran, Kenya, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia,  Switzerland, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam and many other countries.


How will my studies be financed?

Financing is provided for all places throughout the entire study period of your PhD, either via a stipend or emplyment. Currently, the program is supported through scholarships provided by Hannover Medical School as well as stipends granted by the Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) offered by the DAAD. The monthly stipend/salary amounts to approximately 1,500 €. This is to cover all living costs including compulsory health insurance.


What final degree will I achieve?

Students with a first degree in a life science can choose the PhD or Dr. rer. nat. title. Students with a medical or vet. med. background will be awarded the title of PhD. 


What language is used?

English is the language for both teaching and communication between students and colleagues.

German language courses are available for international students and are strongly recommended.


How will I be accommodated?

It is possible to apply for a room in one of our student's residences. The office is able to assist you in finding something suitable. Hannover is a city with a good transport network, allowing students easy access from most of the city to the Medical School, Veterinary School or University and thus making private accommodation a good option. The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research also offers support in finding accommodation in Braunschweig.