PhD program (4-5 years) spring call 2023 application for the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Basel, Switzerland.


The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), based in Basel, Switzerland, is now accepting applications for the Spring 2023 call of its PhD Program and its MD-PhD Program.

The FMI is a leading institute of international reputation, conducting fundamental research in the areas of neurobiology, genome regulation and multicellular systems. About 330 people representing more than 40 nationalities work at the FMI, including over 80 PhD students and over 80 postdocs. The FMI is affiliated with the University of Basel and with the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research.

The FMI PhD program offers students the opportunity to carry out biomedical research at the highest level in a stimulating, highly international and collaborative atmosphere. Students work with internationally recognized scientists and have access to cutting-edge technology platforms. Since 2016, the FMI has also been offering an MD-PhD program, tailored to students with a degree in medicine.


Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrolment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent program in their home country (MSc., Diploma, DEA etc.)

How to apply?

Admission is competitive, involving a selection procedure that takes place twice a year (in January and June). The deadline for applications is 1.5-2 months prior to the selection procedure (in November and May).

Interested students can learn more and apply online here: FMI PhD & MD PhD Programs. Deadline for application is May 1, 2023.

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