Enrollment in one of the PhD Programs at Innsbruck Medical University is possible only after you have found a supervisor who can offer a position as a doctoral student in her or his lab. Before submitting your application for admission, please contact the coordinator of the PhD program you are interested in. 
When applying from abroad, the office of admissions will require an exact description of the previous course of study, its duration, as well as information about the faculty, university and country where the academic degree was obtained. Please note that a completed work of independent research (master’s thesis) or comparable experimental scientific experience is recommended. The Vice Rector for Teaching and Study Matters will assess the fulfillment of these requirements.

Entrance requirements

  • Successful completion of a first degree in human medicine or dentistry
  • Successful completion of a master’s program in natural sciences
  • Successful completion of an equivalent course of study at a recognized educational institution in Austria or abroad, which provides the conditions for participating in the PhD programs at Innsbruck Medical University. 
All documents and transcripts issued by the foreign university must be translated if they are not in German or English. Please consider our guidelines regarding the authentication and translation of documents. Deadlines:
  • Citizen from Austria and EU- citizen must submit their complete documents until 16.04 in the summer term and 16.11 in the winter term.
  • Non- EU and EWR citizen have to submit their complete documents until 05.02 in the summer term and 05.09 in the winter term. 

Authentication and translation of documents
  • Apostille: Documents / certificates issued in one of the member states of the Hague Authentication Convention must only be authenticated by apostille applied by the competent authority in that Country.
  • No authentication for countries with bilateral agreements
  • Double authentication (diplomatic authentication): In the case of all other countries, the authentication of documents must be performed in a strictly sequential order. The Austrian representative authority in the country where the original documents have been issued must always be the final authentication authority.
TRANSLATIONS  Documents issued in a language other than German or English require to be translated by a court certified translator. Please note that all authentication clauses must be translated and the translator’s signature must be authenticated by the competent authority (e.g. Foreign Ministry) (this does not apply to translations produced by a sworn translator in Austria). The translations must be attached inseparably to the authenticated documents.

Admission to PhD

Please submit the following documents to the Admission Office in person:

  • Transcript (hour's proof)
  • Abstract of the Dissertation
  • Valid passport
  • Curriculum Vitae


Innsbruck PhD School for Biomedical Sciences


Invitation to tender for PhD-Grant for the academic year 2018/19

The Medical University of Innsbruck publicly tenders PhD-Grants for students from non-EU countries. Students eligible for the grant must have started their PhD studies before October 1st 2018. The PhD-Grants correspond to the amount of the regular tuition feeds (Regelstudienbeiträge) for students at the Medical University of Innsbruck from non-EU countries for the winter semester 2018/19 and summer semester 2019. The grants are paid in two installments. The first of which will be paid after the grant is awarded, to the amount of the regular tuition fees (Regelstudienbeiträge) for students at the Medical University of Innsbruck from non-EU countries for the winter semester 2018/19. The second after timely registered continuation for the summer semester 2019 to the amount of the regular tuition fees (Regelstudienbeiträge) for students at the Medical University of Innsbruck from non-EU countries for the summer semester 2019. Please note that both installments are capped at the height of the tuition fees actually paid by the student.

Prerequisites for the PhD-Grants: 

-       Timely Application

-       Positive opinion of the PhD supervisor regarding the progress of the PhD project.

-       No claims for remission or repayment may have been made in accordance with § 92 of the Austrian Universities Act (Universitätsgesetz) for the relevant semester.

The decision on the allocation of the grant is made by the Vice-Rector for Teaching and Study Matters according to the criteria listed above.

To be taken into consideration, applications must be filed with the Abteilung für Lehre und Studienangelegenheiten of the Medical University of Innsbruck, Speckbacherstrasse 31-33, 6020 Innsbruck or handed in with Mag. Brigitte Amtmann during the official office hours.

Please use the form found at https://www.i-med.ac.at/studium/services/stipendien.html

Only applications that arrive, at the latest, by

January 31st 2018 (for winter semester 2018/19) or

May 10th 2019 (summer semester 2019)

can be taken into consideration for the PhD-grant.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Loidl

Vice-Rector for Teaching and Study Matters


Mag. Brigitte Amtmann

Speckbacherstr. 31-33, Room: 008

A-6020 Innsbruck

Tel.: +43 (0)512/9003-70050

Fax: +43 (0)512/9003-73041

E-Mail:  PhD-Studien@i-med.ac.at

Office Hours

MO   08.30 - 11.00
TU    12.00 - 14.00
WE   12.00 - 14.00
TH   08.30 - 11.00
FR   08.30 - 11.00

Innsbruck Biocenter

Division of Molecular Biology
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