Application and requirements


The program is open to students from Germany and abroad. Applicants should hold a medical degree equivalent to a German 2nd Staatsexamen or a life science degree comparable to a German university diploma or a Master of Science in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or related fields. Potential participants should have experience in and skills for experimental research.
The pre-requisite for enrollment into the IPMM is a funded PhD position and a research project that relates to molecular biomedical research in a research group within the CMMC, the Faculty of Medicine or the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. After being positively evaluated by the IPMM committee, doctoral candidates are then able to join the program. Please note, the IPMM does not provide scholarships.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Application to the IPMM

As soon as you start your PhD at the medical faculty of the University of Cologne please contact Christoph Aszyk  stating your plan to apply for the IPMM.

Step 1: Application

A) Documents to hand in by the Doctoral Student

  1. IPMM Application form
    Please fill in your personal information
    Including two academic references (names and contact data sufficient)
  2. Letter of interest
    Personal statement, describing why you are interested in participating in the IPMM Program, respectively, including your future scientific career goals
  3. Curriculum vitae
    Personal data
    Individual achievements (e.g. prizes, publications)
  4. Secondary school certificate
  5. University degree certificates and academic record
    Medical degree certificate, records of experimental research experience, if applicable an abstract and a complete copy of the medical dissertation (print version) or
    Master of Science or Diploma certificate, academic record, abstract of thesis (1-2 pages) and complete copy of thesis (print version)
  6. Doctoral project proposal (maximum 3 pages)
    Focused doctoral thesis proposal in the field of Molecular Medicine including

    • short introduction to the state of the field (background)
    • specific aim(s) of the project
    • working hypothesis
    • description of the experimental strategy
    • working plan
    • alternative plans for unforeseen obstacles (optional)
    • literature (as Appendix)

  7. Letter of recommendation from your supervisor

B) Documents to hand in by the Supervisor of the Doctoral Student

The following documents only need to be submitted, if the Supervisor is not yet in charge of any IPMM doctoral student

  • CV and publication list
  • Overview of up to date research group composition: (Post Docs, doctoral students, technical assistants)
  • Overview of former doctoral students (name, title of research project, academic degree, research period)
  • Overview of third party funding

Please send your application as one pdf document to (IPMM Coordinator) via e-mail to Christoph Aszyk . Other formats (word or jpg) are not accepted.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Christoph Aszyk. Counseling sessions with Christoph Aszyk are possible on request.

Step 2: Interview

Candidates fulfilling the formal requirements will be invited for an interview including an oral presentation conducted by the IPMM steering committee. Positively evaluated candidates are admitted into the program throughout the year.

Christoph Aszyk

Office of the Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs

 Christoph Aszyk

Interdisciplinary Program Health Sciences (IPHS)
Interdisciplinary Program Molecular Medicine (IPMM)

Work +49 221 478 98435

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