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Excellent Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Quantitative Biology or a related field. Applicants holding an excellent bachelor degree in biology or biochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply!

Applicants who are not native speakers should demonstrate adequate competence of the English language by acceptable results of an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS).

  • Application form completely filled-in. Please read the guide „how to fill the application form“ before doing so
  • A Curriculum Vitae detailing education, training, and previous research experience
  • Transcripts of previous study, including credit hours, marks obtained and copies of relevant diplomas and degrees in English or German
  • Documentation of proficiency in the English language, such as TOEFL or IELTS (can be waived for native speakers of if the university education was conducted in English)
  • Two letters of reference from previous supervisors, send directly by the referee to: igrad-plant(at)hhu.de. 

Please send a complete electronic copy of your application as a single PDF by email to igrad-plant(at)hhu.de. 

Do not send originals, documents will not be returned. We will request certified copies of documents once a selection of successful candidates has been made.

Positions & Fellowships

Students entering with Bachelors degree: The program provides every student with a tax-free fellowship of €800 per month in the qualification year.

Students entering with a Masters degree and students with a Bachelors degree after the qualification period: The program provides every PhD student with a 65% EG 13-TV-L position.

DAAD scholarships: recipients of a DAAD PhD scholarship receive monthly payments of 1,200 euros for up to four years, Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover and other benefits. Please see section "DAAD Scholarships" for details.

Tuition & Social contribution fee

All iGRAD-Plant fellows have to enroll as doctoral researcher at Heinrich Heine University. The social contribution fee is approx. €310 per semester (summer term 2021). The social fee includes free public transportation in the area of North Rhine Westphalia.

Graduate School Scholarship Program (DAAD)

The iGRAD-Plant graduate program has been granted four full PhD scholarships which will be financed via the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP).

2 scholarships 2021: Application closed in January 2021 with projects to start sometime in 2021

2 scholarships 2022: Application will open in fall/winter 2021. PhD projects are scheduled to start between spring & fall 2022

All necessary information about scholarships, requirements, available projects and the application documents will be online in fall/winter 2021.


iGRAD-Plant Coordinator

Dr. Petra Fackendahl
Institute of Plant Biochemistry
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf Building: 26.24
Floor/Room: U1.066
40225 Düsseldorf
+49 211 81-10588
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