Graduate School

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM) offers a structured PhD program. As a non-university research institute the BNITM is not eligible to award doctoral degrees. Accordingly, BNITM cooperates with universities – in particular with the graduate school of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Science (MINGS) at the University of Hamburg. Overall, the BNITM graduate school comprises around 40 PhD students, which usually complete their dissertation within three years.

Job offers are listed here.

Applications should be sent directly to the research groups that fit your qualifications and interests: Overview of research groups

LCI Scholarships

The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), the Heinrich Pette Institute – Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI) and the Research Center Borstel – Leibniz-Center for Medicine and Biosciences, have joined into the Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) and are organizing the Leibniz Graduate School Infections. Along with an interdisciplinary educational and training programme, scholarship holders have the opportunity to get insight into latest developments in infection research.

The Leibniz Graduate School Infections offers six positions for graduate students (two per institute). Research projects are selected in a competitive manner, and require close scientific cooperation between at least two LCI institutes. Selected scholars are jointly supervised by scientists from the participating institutes. The curriculum of the LCI graduate school has been developed by the three institutes and comprises several one- or two-day courses in virology, bacteriology and parasitology. The next application round is planned for 2018.

Further information about the LCI Graduate School:

MIN Graduate School

The MIN Graduate School (MINGS) provides additional information and services to support a growing number of doctoral students at the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences (MIN) of the University of Hamburg.

Further information about MIN GS

MIN Graduate School International

Funded through the DAAD, this project aims to improve the overall conditions for doctoral students in the international competition.

For all doctoral students of the MIN faculty, it offers:

  • Events regarding key qualifications for doctorate students held in English language.
  • Travel grants for research stays and active conference participation abroad.
  • Financial support for an insight stay for international applicants who are interested in starting their doctorate studies at the MIN faculty.
  • Financial support for the organization of international doctoral workshops.
  • And much more

Further information about MIN GS International


The program Geventis is the central web platform for all events for doctoral students. On this platform, you can review all courses and manage your credit points.

Webpage of Geventis


Dr. Eleonora Schönherr


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