How to Apply

The next application call will be from Dec 1st 2024 to January 31st 2025.

People with disabilities who are equally as qualified as other applicants will receive preferential treatment.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master degree or equivalent in public health, epidemiology, medicine, pharmacy, natural sciences, psychology, social sciences, statistics, economics, sport sciences, law, communication science or other relevant field (qualifying degree to be obtained not later than 5 months after the application deadline).
  • Very good academic record
  • Proficiency in English (written and oral)
  • Good mathematical and statistical skills

(Please see also the information given here)

Online Application Process

Once you are registered and your account has been created, please follow the instructions in the tool and fill in all necessary information and upload all required documents (as unencrypted pdf or jpg files, max. size - 5 MB). You can log in to the tool as many times as you want to edit your application, save your entries and changes. Do not forget to press the ‘Submit’ button when your application is completed.
Please note, that after submission you will not be able to introduce any changes. It is possible (and recommended) to submit your application even if your recommendation letters have not arrived yet. Please take into account that the automatically generated requests for recommendation might land in the spam.

You will need to provide the following:

  • Europass Curriculum Vitae 
  • High School Certificate
  • Transcripts of records of your academic education
  • Certificates of your degrees (MSc, BSc, etc.)
  • English language certificate (TOEFL or equivalents – not required if you are a native speaker or if your education was in English)
  • Motivation letter specifying the area of your research interest (max. 3000 characters)
  • Motivation for the proposed project (max. 2500 characters)
  • Full research proposal (proposed format)
  • 2 recommendation letters (Please inform your selected referees before you enter their e-mail addresses and submit your application.)

All documents have to be provided in English (translations of original documents need to be certified). The transcripts of records and degree certificates in German do not need to be translated. If you hold a degree from a non-German university, please check its eligibility using the following instructions.



The admission to the program is carried out as a centralized two-step procedure: evaluation of applications and personal/virtual interviews.

After the application deadline on January 31st each year, all submitted and complete applications, i. e. those with two references and all required documents, will be evaluated by the program coordinators and two scientific experts with respect to the fulfillment of the requirements as well as to the suitability of the candidate and proposed project in the scope of the program.

This process will take until the end of March.

In the second step, positively evaluated candidates will be invited to an interview (either in person or via video conference tool). This will be around mid-April. There, the applicants have the opportunity to present both their previous research experience and their Ph.D. project proposal. Offers to join the program will be made in due time.

Accepted candidates enrol as graduate students at the LMU and join the program in the following October.