Several PhD Positions International PhD Programme Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC)


The Call is open for the following domains :


  • cell biology and biophysics,
  • bioinformatics,
  • nuclear dynamics and cell signaling,
  • retinoic acid signaling in stem cell differentiation and other systems
  • regulation of eukaryotic gene expression: structural and functional aspects,
  • molecular mechanisms of epigenetics,
  • development of the nervous system in Drosophila melanogaster,
  • pathomechanisms of neurological and muscle diseases,
  • biology of breast cancer,
  • stem cells and regenerative medicine,
  • gene- and drug-based therapies for human diseases,
  • structure based drug design.

Research expertise

The interest for becoming a PhD student is a crucial step towards your future life as a scientist. When applying to the IGBMC International PhD Programme you select two scientific departments you are most interested in. In addition, feel free to indicate the research teams you would like to work in.


IGBMC thesis subjects currently proposed :


Training programme

IGBMC’s PhD Programme is based on a three year – intensive training which comprises dedicated research investigations and active participation in diverse lectures and practicals.

IGBMC offers cutting-edge training in a large variety of topics covering Development & Stem Cells, Functional Genomics & Cancer, Integrated Structural Biology, and Translational Medecine & Neurogenetics. Students will conduct their research in one of the 47 laboratories of the Institute. Close collaborations with other research institutions in the “Parc d’Innovation” such as the trinational biotechnology school ESBS (Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologie Strasbourg), the Faculty of Pharmacy as well as ISIS (Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires) and the University of Strasbourg at large, contribute to synergistic and collegial interactions within and beyond IGBMC.

During three years, PhD students will:
• acquire the skills needed to pursue a successful career in biology
• be able to attend numerous first-class seminars given by internationally renowned scientists and discuss with them
• experience the everyday excitement of working in a laboratory in an intellectually stimulating and dynamic environment


The duration of the PhD studies is normally 3 years. Registration for a fourth year can be granted by the University of Strasbourg if deemed necessary.


The team leader will be the main student supervisor and PhD mentor. In addition, the student’s progress will be monitored by a thesis committee, composed of the PhD mentor, one or more IGBMC faculty members and an external faculty member.

Training modules

During the course of your PhD, you will acquire the skills you need to pursue a successful career in biology. Complementary to your lab work, you will attend lectures and courses on scientific and socio-professional topics. Students are required to validate a total of 108 hours in order to be admitted for the thesis defense by the Doctoral School of the University of Strasbourg.  This entails 54 hours of scientific courses on at least three different topics and including a presentation (oral or poster) in a national or international conference. A scientific course/module has to last at least 6 hours in order to qualify. In addition, 54 hours of socio-professional courses on at least three different themes are required. More info at:

IGBMC’s PhD Committee has developed a dedicated onsite training programme. Courses taught by IGBMC faculty members or heads of platforms will provide you with the latest developments in biology or state-of-the-art technologies. They can be validated with the Doctoral School.

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2013-2014 Taiwan Scholarship for Indian Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students in Taiwan

Ministry of Education TaiwanThe Ministry of Education (MOE) is offering scholarship for Indian students to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate study in Taiwan. For 2013/2014 academic years, it offers total five scholarships covering tuition fees up to four years for undergraduate programs, two years for master programs and up to four years for doctorate programs. The MOE also offer a stipend of NTD 15,000 (undergraduate) and stipend of NTD 20,000 (postgraduate). Applicants can apply till March 31, 2013.

Study Subject(s): Courses offered by the university
Course Level: The MOE awards outstanding Indian students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Taiwan.
Scholarship Provider: Ministry of Education Taiwan
Scholarship can be taken at: Taiwan

(i) Applicants must be an Indian national with a high-school diploma or post-secondary degree(s), with an excellent academic record, and be of good moral character.
(ii) Applicants are ineligible if they meet the following criteria:
1. Are R.O.C. nationals or overseas Chinese students
2. Are already registered or have obtained student status at any university/college in Taiwan. Graduating students pursuing further studies are exempt from this rule.
3. Have already studied in Taiwan for the same level of degree as the one in which they currently intend to enroll.
4. Are exchange or dual/joint degree students admitted in accordance with academic cooperation agreements between local universities/colleges and international universities/colleges.
5. Have been a recipient of the Taiwan Scholarship for over a total of five years.
6. Have had, in the past, their Taiwan Scholarship or Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from the MOE revoked.
7. Are recipients of any other scholarship or subsidy offered by the Taiwan government or education institutions in Taiwan. This excludes subsidies offered by universities/colleges to cover tuition and other fees exceeding the scholarship limit.
(iii) Applicants should apply directly for admission within the deadlines specified by each university/college listed in the “Association of Taiwan Scholarship Program Schools”. Applications for admission outside of the universities/colleges participating in the Taiwan Scholarship Program are automatically disqualified and will not be returned.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of India can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: Ministry of Education TaiwanIn an effort to encourage outstanding India students to undertake degree studies in Taiwan so as to familiarize themselves with the academic environment in Taiwan and promote communication, understanding and friendship between Taiwan and India, the Ministry of Education (MOE) establishes the Taiwan scholarship program.

Number of award(s): Total number of scholarship is five (5) for 2013-2014 academic years.

Duration of award(s):
-The maximum period of each scholarship is four years for undergraduate programs, two years for master programs, and four years for doctorate programs. The maximum length of the total awards for each recipient undertaking a combination of studies is five years.
-Annual award periods begin on September 1st and continue until August 31st of the following year. Recipients must arrive in Taiwan and enroll at their admitting universities/colleges withinprescribed period unless delays have been approved by the relevant institutions and the MOE. If recipients fail to arrive in Taiwan for registration during this period, their award will be revoked with no deferrals.
-Subsistence allowances begin from the month of the recipients’ registration at the universities/colleges and end when the award period expires or upon the recipients’ graduation, withdrawal, suspension, expulsion, or revocation of the scholarship.

What does it cover?
-Tuition and payment of academic fees, including credit fee. Upon validation of tuition and above fees, the MOE awards each recipient per semester up to NTD40,000. (Approximate US$1,400.00). If the total amount of these fees should exceed NTD40,000, the remainder of all costs shall be covered by either the recipient, or the recipient’s college, whereas over NTD40,000 are the sole responsibility of the recipient. Tuition and academic fees do not include any of the following: administration fees, thesis advising fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, Internet access, all of which are payable by the recipients.
-Subsistence allowance: The MOE offers each recipient undertaking undergraduate studies a monthly stipend of NTD15,000.(Approximate US$520.00); it offers each recipient undertaking postgraduate studies a monthly stipend of NTD20,000. (Approximate US$700.00).

Notification: Candidates and alternate candidates and their awarding universities/colleges are to be notified by May 31, 2013.

How to Apply: Application form should be done on typewriter or computer, and only send by certificate mail. E-mail application form or send in person will not be accepted. Applicants should send the following document within the period specified enclosed with their application to: Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in New Delhi, N-88, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi-110017. Tel:11-41090545.  Failure to include any of these documents renders the application incomplete, and the applicant will not be further considered for the scholarship, without further notice:
(i) Taiwan Scholarship Application Form.
(ii)  A copy of the applicant’s passport or other nationality certificates.
(iii) A copy of the highest degree and academic transcripts. If issued by international educational institutions, these documents must be authenticated by an overseas Representative Office or be sealed and delivered by the awarding institutions. Documents in a language other than Chinese or English must be translated into Chinese or English and the translated documents must be authenticated.
(iv) A copy of admission application materials to universities/colleges in Taiwan (e.g., copies of application fee remittance, application form, receipt of application from universities/colleges, e-mails,).
(v) A copy of a language proficiency certificate:
1. A copy of results or certificate for the “Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language” (TOCFL) Level3 or above.
2. For applications to all-English programs, a copy of TOEFL test scores or other recognized English language proficiency exams or degrees awarded in English must be submitted.
(vi) Two letters of reference signed and sealed in envelopes (i.e. from the principals, professors, or supervisors). Photo copies and email submissions of letters of recommendation will not be considered.
(vii) Additional documents as specified by the individual representative offices.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Deadline for application is March 31, 2013.

CUD Scholarships in Belgium for Developing Countries

MS Degree/Training

Deadline: 13 Feb 2013* (annual)
Study in:  Belgium
Course starts September 2013

 Brief description:

The University Commission for Development (CUD) provides scholarships to international students for study in Belgium  It is responsible for the implementation of the policy of university cooperation for development.  CUD provides cutting-edge international trainings and courses for development.

 Host Institution(s):

Participating universities and academic institutions in Belgium

 Fields of study:

 Master’s Programs

•  Master in Aquaculture
•  Master in Transport Management
• Master in Public Health – Guidance Health and Development
• Master in Science and Environmental Management in Developing Countries
• Master in Management of Animal and Plant Resources in Tropical Environments
•  Master in Management of Natural Risks
•  Master in Science and Technology of Foods
•  Master in Transfusion Medicine
• European Master in Microfinance
•  Master in Protecting Tropical and Subtropical Crops
•  Master in International Economics and Development
•  Master in Development, Environment and Societies
•  Master in Public Health Methodology

Training Courses

• Internship in the Use of Information Technologies and Communication in the University Libraries
•  Internship in Geographic Information System
•  Internship in Management Systems Health Services – economics and resource management / planning (network A) – Management Science and Research in Health Systems (chain B)
•  Methodological Stage in Supporting Innovation in Family Agriculture
•  Internship in Environment and Sustainable Management of Mineral Resources

 Number of Awards:

Within the programme for international courses and training programmes 2013-2014, CIUF grants 150 scholarships for participation into the Master’s courses and and 70 for participation into the training programmes.

 Target group:

The scholarships are for nationals of South Africa, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haïti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Uganda, Peru, Philippines, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, El Salvador, Senegal, Suriname, Tanzania, Palestinian territories, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 Scholarship value/inclusions:

 Details not provided by scholarship provider. Please inquire with the scholarship provider for more information on the coverage of the scholarship.


The following criteria will apply for the selection of holders of scholarships:

1. Only applicants originating in developing countries, qualify for selection. To be eligible, candidates must reside and work in their country at the time of the introduction of the file.

2. ONLY the nationals of the selected countries (see above) are authorized to postulate with the CUD Scholarships.

3. At the beginning of the programme, candidates must be less than 40 years old for courses, and less than 45 years old for training programmes.

4. Candidates must be holders of a degree that is comparable to a Belgian University graduate degree (“licence”). However, for certain programmes different rules of admissibility may be defined, and these are specified hereafter, where appropriate.

5. Candidates must show professional experience of at least two years upon termination of their studies. Where candidates are holders of a postgraduate degree delivered by an university of an industrial country, they must show professional experience of at least three years upon termination of their studies.

6. Candidates must have a good knowledge of written and spoken French; for programmes organised in another language, good knowledge, in writing and speaking, of this language, is required. Moreover, the candidate will be asked to commit himself to study French in order to be able to participate in daily life in Belgium.

7. Candidates are not allowed to apply for more than one programme.

NOTE: Each Master’s and Training Program has its own eligibility requirements. Please see the complete description of each program.

 Application instructions:

 Applications must be sent to CUD before 13 February 2013 and before 18 January 2013 for the following trainings:

• Internship at the Use of Information Technologies and Communication in University Library
•  Internship methodological innovation support in family farming.

Applying for a grant from the CUD is absolutely FREE. Any application containing an envelope with money will be automatically rejected.

It is important to read the how-to-apply page and visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
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