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Requirements for Application and Admission

All applicants are requested to provide the following information and documents:

1. Academic records
Submit your official transcripts of academic records from every postsecondary institution attended for at least one year as a full-time student. Academic records should give information on the type and content of courses taken (Diploma supplement) and the grades you received. Your rank in class should be noted whenever possible. If the institution does not issue records in German, English, or French, original language records must be submitted with translations. At this stage of the application process you can submit uncertified documents.
Applicants who apply to advertised projects are expected to have received their final certificates (Master, Diploma etc.) before the projected start of the PhD work. Please, refer to the individual PhD projects for dates.

2. Secondary school leaving certificate

Submit with your application your Secondary school leaving certificate (equivalent to German "Abitur"). No translation of the document into German or English is required at this stage of the application process.

3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

4. Proof of English language ability
If your native language is not English, proof of an adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission.
Proof can be provided either by
a) a TOEFL certificate ( (Score requirements: Paper based: 570+, Computer based: 230+, Internet based: 90+),
b) an IELTS certificate ( (Score requirements: overall band 6.5+),
c) a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE ).
d) Applicants who received an MSc degree from a university of an EU member state or an EU affiliated member state are exempted from providing an English language certificate. For technical reasons these applicants are requested to write and upload a statement that they are exempted from providing proof of language proficiency.
e) Applicants outside category d) who took part in an undergraduate program in which the language of instruction was English or German are asked to provide a suitable certificate from their Faculty or supervisor.

5. Statement of Purpose
Write a statement (+/- 500 words) describing why you wish to become a member of HBIGS, your preparation for this field of study and your future career plans. Describe the area of biology you find most interesting, your previous research experience, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for the programme.Applicants who submit an unsolicited application are asked to name the principal investigator(s) they would like to apply to.

6. Contact details of two referees + two reference letters from these referees
You have two options. Either you upload the letters of recommendation (LOR) or your referees send them as .pdf file only (!) to . In the latter case you have to write a statement that your LOR will be sent directly to us, and upload this as .pdf-file (one .pfd document for every recommendation letter). Please note, however, that your application can only be considered as completed when we have received both LOR.

7. OPTIONAL: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) Scores
The scores of the GRE Subject Test (Biochemistry and/or Biology and/or Molecular and Cellular Biology) or GATE (for applicants from India only) are not required for applying but a good score will strengthen your application. Scores must be from an examination taken within the last three years.

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