Whether you are an international or a domestic applicant, candidates wishing to apply for a PhD as part of the joint PhD program at Bonn and Melbourne and who meet our minimum entry requirements should email us via IRTG2168@uni-bonn.de with the following documents in a single PDF file:

  1. Letter of motivation: include information about which project you would like to apply to and/or indicate your research interests.
  2. CV in German or English.
  3. Electronic copy of your full BSc and MSc University transcripts (or equivalent) in German or English language.
  4. Evidence of English language competency if available (study abroad, IELTS, TOEFL, or similar)


What happens next?


The application process for the joint PhD program can be divided into 2 stages. The first part is the program-specific review process to ensure we can match candidates with the right project and supervisor. The second part is the University-specific application that is required for all candidates wishing to join the program.


Step 1: Program-specific application

We will review your application upon receipt to ensure you meet the minimum entry requirements for the University of Bonn and the University of Melbourne. If you qualify for entry at both institutions, we will forward your application to the relevant project supervisors for a potential interview (via Zoom).


Step 2: University-specific application

If your application is endorsed by both supervisors in step 1, we can proceed with the application to both Universities. We will assist you in the process and with the preparation of documents. Once accepted, candidates are asked to formally enrol at both Universities before then commencing their PhD project in Melbourne or in Bonn. The precise start date is usually determined between the supervisor and the student.


Academic entry requirements:

As a global PhD program, we welcome applications from all countries and nationalities.

  • To be eligible for entry you are expected to have successfully completed (or be close to completion) your BSc and MSc degree or equivalent in Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related fields and achieved an overall average of greater than 80%. This is a minimum entry requirement and serves as a guide only.
  • You are also required to have completed a research project that accounts to at least 25% of one year of study and must possess excellent English language skills.

Whilst the overall outcome and success of an application is mainly dependent on academic merit, additional qualifications and/or experience, reference reports and scientific publications will also be taken into consideration. Please contact us for any questions you may have.