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The Application Tool is currently closed.

The application window for classes starting in Fall 2017 will open in October 2016.

Application deadline for the class starting in September/October 2016 was January 4, 2016 (12:00 - noon CET).

Deadline for references is January 10, 2016 (24:00 -midnight CET).
Candidates will be notified by January 25, 2016.
The Interview week in Munich is scheduled for February 22-26, 2016.

Travel expenses and accommodation for the interview week will be covered by QBM.

For further information please visit our FAQ page or contact the QBM administrative office.

How to apply:

For detailed information about our application requirements see:
Please note that you need to have completed a Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field prior to starting the PhD program.  In exceptional circumstances, highly promising students with a Bachelor’s degree can qualify by passing an entrance exam; please contact us directly by email.

In order to apply for the program, you need to register first. You will have to enter your name and choose a username and password. You will then immediately receive a confirmation email with an activation link that will give you access to our online application tool.

PhD research
In your application, please select up to four research groups you are interested in. You can find details about research areas and participating research groups on our webpage:

Letters of recommendation
To process your application, we need at least two letters of recommendation from scientists familiar with you and your work (e.g. Master or Bachelor advisor) . A third letter of recommendation is optional. You will be asked to provide email addresses of your referees, they will then be invited to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. You can monitor receipt of the letter within the online application tool; it is your responsibility to make sure that the referees submit their letters by the application deadline.


Please take note of the following rules:

  • You have to apply using our online application tool; applications submitted by mail or email will not be considered
  • You have to submit your application in English
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Please remember to formally submit your application by clicking the “Submit” button once your application is complete. Applications that are not submitted will not be considered
  • We do not charge application fees
  • The maximum file size per uploaded document is limited to 5 MB

Applications will be independently reviewed by multiple QBM members. The most promising candidates will be selected for personal interviews in Munich, based on academic qualification, research experience, motivation, scientific background and the letters of recommendation .