Apply to the International MDC PhD Program in Berlin

PhD students at the MDC

The MDC International PhD Program provides a framework of structured training for doctoral researchers in the areas of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, Cancer Biology and Immunology, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Medical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, as well as Structural Biology, Imaging and Biophysics. It currently hosts over 380 PhD researchers, 40% of which are coming from abroad. PhD researchers are offered support on their PhD project through yearly committee meetings, in addition to a wide range of lectures and seminars, methods courses, transferable skills courses and career workshops suited to equip researchers for an international career in science. By joining the MDC International PhD Program, you have the option to enroll in one of our specialized research schools or exchange programs (see menu on the left-hand side). The MDC is situated in Campus Berlin-Buch, a modern science and biotechnology park with a clear focus on biomedicine.



PhD researchers are fully funded through an initial 3-year working contract with the MDC. In many cases contracts are extended for an additional year. All PhD researchers are expected to complete their doctoral research and thesis in 4 years. Salaries are competitive to national standards and there are no tuition fees.



Berlin is a vibrant city located in the heart of Europe. As the capital of Germany, with a population of 3.4 million people, Berlin is Germany’s largest city. Berlin offers plenty of cultural opportunities that attract increasing numbers of visitors, making the city one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It boasts a lively scene with lots of pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafés. Densely urban areas co-exist with large green spaces, lakes and rivers all within the city's boundaries, offering a truly metropolitan lifestyle in an unusually pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

Spring 2018 Recruitment Round

Online registration will open October 06, 2017
Application deadline December 12, 2017
Invitation letters January 2018
Interview week in Berlin March 2018


Fall 2018 Recruitment Round

Online registration will open May 2018
Application deadline August 2018
Invitation letters September 2018
Interview week in Berlin October 2018

How to apply

Please register at the APPLICATION PORTALAll detailed information about the application process, interview week, projects and details on the PhD program at the MDC can be found there. After successful registration you will receive a confirmation link via email that allows you to log in the portal.


Please note that although the application period is a busy time for the Graduate Office, we will do our best to answer your inquiries as soon as possible.

Send your inquiries including your application number to

Application portal

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PhD at the MDC

For more information, download the PhD booklet or the MDC Graduate School flyer.