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Applying to the LGSA

Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA)

Admission

How to apply

The Leibniz Graduate School on Aging and Age-Related Diseases (LGSA) offers frequently fellowships for PhD positions to qualified students without regard to age, nationality, race, gender, marital status, disabilities or other protected status.
The FLI integrates all PhD students into the Graduate School.

Therefore, all applicants should follow the guidelines of the graduate school, since incomplete or non-fitting applications will not be considered. This applies also for candidates with their own fellowship.

Interviews for the selection of PhD candidates are scheduled twice per year, in spring and autumn. At least three members of the interviewing committee have to be present at these meetings. As an exception, additional interview dates may be scheduled.

Requirements: Eligible are students that have obtained, or that will obtain within the next six months, an academic degree comparable to the Master's degree in life sciences, chemistry, physics or other related fields.

Selection of PhD Students

Step 1:
Submission and evaluation of the application documents including application form, CV, reference letters and degree certificates.

Step 2:
After evaluation of the application documents, selected candidates will be invited for a recruitment session in Jena. Participation in a 30-minute entrance interview with the selection committee. Candidates will briefly present their previous research and discuss a scientific publication provided by the selection committee.

Step 3:
After passing the interview accepted candidates are invited for a further assessment and will have the chance to meet principle investigators who offer PhD projects.

These candidates should also send a new preference list of research groups they would like to join to the LGSA coordinator shortly after the recruitment session.

Final decisions will be made by the principle investigators after the recruitment session and candidates are notified about the outcome.

PhD contracts
Unless students obtain their own fellowship, we offer a working contract with a salary according to German TV-L E 13 (salary agreement for public service employees) including health insurance and social insurance. PhD students receive initially a one-year contract which reminds the thesis committee at the same time to meet within the first year. The contract can be extended to three years with the possibility of an additional one-year extension, provided that a written positive statement from the thesis committee supports the extensions. At present, students receive a contract with a 50 % position during the first and second year and a 60 % position during the third and fourth year.