FMI International MD-PhD Program

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    Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)


The Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) offers research-oriented medical students and physicians the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge biomedical research in a stimulating, highly international and collaborative atmosphere.

Affiliated with the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research and the University of Basel, the FMI brings together the excellence of FMI PhD training, the distinction of the Basel Medical School and a privileged relationship with the researchers of a major pharmaceutical company. It provides interdisciplinary training in basic research and access to cutting-edge technologies such as advanced microscopy, genomics, proteomics, protein structure and bioinformatics, among others.

In the FMI International MD-PhD program, medical doctors with an interest in fundamental scientific research work together with internationally recognized scientists in the fields of epigenetics, neurobiology, and quantitative biology, developing a research project with their group leader.

A wide range of theoretical and practical courses are offered at both the FMI and the University of Basel. After completion of their research, submission of a written thesis and successful thesis defense, candidates are awarded a PhD degree from the University of Basel.

The application deadline for the 2019 Fall Call is the 1st of May.

For more information, please visit www.fmi.ch/training/MD-PhD

What is funded

Selected candidates receive full fellowships with social benefits and are awarded with funds to participate in scientific meetings or for the acquisition of a laptop.


A course of study at the FMI leading to a PhD degree of the University of Basel typically lasts 4 years.


Students applying to the program must hold, or anticipate to receive before their enrollment, a university degree that would qualify them to enter formal clinical training / residency (e.g. a diploma in medicine or an approbation). They also should have some laboratory research experience and have done an experimental Master/Diploma thesis, which must be approved by the University of Basel.

If you do not have a medical background, please visit our traditional International PhD Program site (www.fmi.ch/training/phd/)


The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.