Online Application

A link to our online application system will be opened here approximately 6 weeks before the next application deadline.

Please provide a motivation letter: describe (1) your research interest and future plans together with your motivation for these, and (2) your interest in doing a PhD, the research school, and Helmholtz Zentrum München.

Additionally, you will have the chance to provide information about your educational qualifications, your skills and honours, including your study subjects and descriptions of accomplished scientific projects.

As mentioned in our entry requirements, you have to provide letters of recommendation from two referees as well as your academic and English language certificates to upload with your application. Please remember that you need to combine your electronic copies into a PDF document with a maximum size of 3MB.

If you have questions about the online application process, please check the detailed description in our guidelines and FAQ section.

Please do not forget to click the submit button once you have completed the online application form. Your letters of recommendation do not already have to be submitted by your referees in order for you to submit your application.


Candidates affiliated with Helmholtz Zentrum München

Candidates who have worked or are currently working at Helmholtz Zentrum München  are eligible to apply through the online application system. The same rules apply for candidates that are associated to the Helmholtz Zentrum München or are working in a collaboration. In this case, candidates have to provide details on their current or previous affiliation.



In case you have previously submitted an online application to the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes and you were not invited to the interview symposium, you may re-apply. In this case, you have to start a new online application including all information, certificates and letters of recommendation.

In case you have previously been invited to the interview symposium but did not receive a PhD position you are not eliglible to re-apply. Instead, you may contact group leaders directly who are provided access to information from your previous applicaton by contacting the research school office.


Evaluation Process and Selection

Some candidates will be asked to take part in short phone interviews as part of the pre-selection process. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview symposium. Please check our application schedule for the current application period. During the symposium you will have the chance to discuss the potential projects with the respective group leaders.

The 3-day interview symposium will take place online from 24.01.2022 - 26.01.2022. We will invite approximately three times more candidates than the number we eventually accept.

The symposium consists of a panel interview with 3-4 senior scientists, an oral presentation of your latest research project, e.g. your Master's thesis, and digital meetings with potential supervisors. Candidates will have the chance to arrange additional online lab and group visits and meet with current PhD students and scientists. During the online symposium candidates may convince with their motivation, logical and independent thinking, research interest, intellectual brightness, research comprehension, resilience, and interest in team effort.