• sense clinically
  • think mechanistically
  • act interdisciplinarily
  • treat innovatively

Call 2024

Thank you for your interest in joining the BSIO.

How to apply

The application call will be open from February, 1st until March, 1st.

If you are interested in joining our structured PhD program, please contact bsio(at)charite.de.


Requirements for joining the graduate program

  • excellent academic profile
  • M.Sc. in Life sciences or equivalent (e.g. Bioinformatics) or
  • Enrolment in medical school/Graduation from medical school (excellent grades and research experience required)
  • proof of English proficiency, e.g. a TOEFL or IELTS test is mandatory for all applicants except if:
    » English is the applicant’s native language or
    » at least two years of the applicant's education (during the B.Sc./M.Sc. or equivalent) must have been proven (e.g. transcript) to have been completed entirely in English
  • Confirmed PhD position/ project in a lab affiliated within the BSIO faculty (with own funding or applying for DAAD funding)
  • Two letters of reference



This year, BSIO is offering  2 DAAD-funded PhD scholarships (latest starting date: 1st of December 2024).

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship includes:

  • scholarship payments of currently € 1,300 a month;
  • a travel allowance;
  • payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover;
  • a research allowance of currently € 460 per year (for scholarship holders from countries listed in the DAC List of ODA recipients), or € 260 per year (for scholarship holders from other countries);
  • under certain circumstances, grant holders may receive the following additional benefits: ►  monthly rent subsidy (calculated individually, usually about € 50 to 125 per month); ► monthly allowance for accompanying family members (about € 200 child allowance per child and about € 275 marriage allowance);► In the case of a disability or chronic illness: subsidy for additional costs which result from the disability or chronic illness and are not covered by other funding providers.
  • a preparatory German language course (if applicable and feasible, taking into account the starting date of the scholarship);
  • a material resources and supervision allowance of currently € 1,000 per year, which is paid upon application to the host institution

The DAAD scholarship in this program comprises funding for three years.


Candidates for the DAAD stipend must meet the following criteria:

  • excellent academic profile,
  • confirmed PhD position/ project in a lab affiliated  with the BSIO program (within the faculty)
  • at the starting date of the scholarship the nominees must have completed their studies with a master's degree or equivalent, 
  • at the time of nomination, applicants must not have been resident in Germany for more than the last fifteen months prior to the nomination,
  • as a rule, applicants should not have graduated any longer than six years before the time of nomination,
  • research phases outside Germany during the funding period can be supported if they do not exceed 25% of the total funding period, and do not take place directly at the beginning of the funding period. 

If you are already funded by the DAAD, another German funding organization or another state agency in Germany, you cannot receive a scholarship from the DAAD at the same time.

After being selected by BSIO, candidates for a DAAD scholarship are nominated in a second step for the DAAD, which then makes the final decision.

What happens after I have submitted my application?

After the application call has closed, we will evaluate all applications thoroughly. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by mid of March and will be invited for a selection round taking place on 18th & 19th of March 2024.

During the selection round all candidates are expected to give an oral presentation about their previous research experience and to take part in panel interviews with members of our BSIO faculty.

The program will admit successful candidates for summer/autumn (earliest start: June 2024).

The selection rounds will be online.