For application in the IRTG 2168 program, please see bomerang.iei-bonn.de/bomerang.html, the application procedure for BIGS positions is described below. All PhD students in these programs will become members of BIGS Immunosciences and Infection.

Members of the BIGS Immunosciences and Infection are recruited in a transparent and internationally advertised process which is specified in the BIGS bylaws. The teaching language is English and, thus, very good proficiency in written and spoken English is required. BIGS Immunosciences and Infection members need to enroll at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences or the Faculty of Medicine. For further information of the enrollment procedure, please contact the respective graduate office directly.

 

Application for open PhD positions within the Cluster

At least once per year the Cluster publishes its open PhD positions. Applicants should send their application including motivation letter, CV, scanned academic degrees, list of publications and the contact details of two references (you can find further information at open positions).

If you are offered one of the PhD positions, admission to the BIGS program will be granted after registration as PhD student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences or the Faculty of Medicine.

Selection process:

The selection process is divided into three steps: The first selection round is based on the formal requirements, academic qualification, motivation and previous achievements (grades, research). For the next round you will be invited to have an interview by video chat with PIs in whose labs positions are available. The performance at the interview will be integrated into the selection for the last step, a symposium. The symposium will include poster presentations by the applicants, lab visits and interviews with the selection committee.

Application for the BIGS membership (already having a PhD position)

PhD students working on a cluster related topic or whose supervisors are members of the cluster can join the graduate school. Application for the BIGS is possible any time during the year. If you decide to apply for the BIGS graduate program, please contact Alexandra.kraemer(at)uni-bonn.de to send the application form. You will need to submit the completely filled application form and an acceptance letter from the faculty to Alexandra.kraemer(at)uni-bonn.de. The applicants will present their projects to the board of the BIGS Immunosciences and Infection as well as to other members of the graduate school. New students need to participate in the Welcome Symposium. BIGS Immunosciences and Infection members need to enroll at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences or the Faculty of Medicine. For further information of the enrollment procedure, please contact the respective graduate office directly.

Requirements:

For admission to the graduate school, the following requirements have to be fulfilled:

  • The PhD student are enrolled at the University of Bonn at the Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (acceptance letter)
  • Meet the admission requirements for doctoral studies according to the relevant doctoral degree regulations
  • A mentor must be named
  • A research project in a subject area relevant to the graduate school must be guaranteed for at least 3 years
  • The professional requirements have been proven.
  • Excellent university degree (Master degree or equivalent) with at least the grade "good".
  • The teaching language is English and very good proficiency in written and spoken English is required