Graduate Students


Bonn Graduate Center (BGC)

The Bonn Graduate Center is the central service department at the University of Bonn for anyone who is currently pursuing, or planning to pursue, a doctoral degree. In addition, the BGC serves as a strategy organization for the departments and the Chancellor’s office, assisting them with quality assurance for doctoral degrees and with developing the structured doctorate.
The BGC homepage provides information about the structure and tasks of the Graduate Center and about the services they offer. These also include consulting services for the doctoral programs or funding opportunities.


Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience (BIGS Neuroscience)

The Bonn International Graduate School of Neuroscience offers a top-level, internationally competitive training and research program for doctoral students in the rapidly developing field of neuroscience. Our three-year research program is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying complex behavior, and the application of these insights to central nervous system disorders. The interdisciplinary graduate school is located at the University of Bonn in the center of a powerful research region and includes outstanding scientists from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Helmholtz Association and the Research Institute Caesar in the Max Planck Association. Thus, doctoral students in Bonn get the chance to work together with scientist from Germany´s most important organizations and be taught in modern methods of neuroscience research. We feel confident that besides the scientific education we offer, it is also important to provide the students an opportunity to train their ability in communicating their research results, to attend courses on career development and to become successful members of the Neuroscience community.


International Max Planck Research School for Brain and Behavior (IMPRS for Brain & Behavior)


The International Max Planck Research School for Brain and Behavior is a collaboration of two partnerships on each side of the Atlantic: University of Bonn and Max Planck associated center of advanced european studies and research (caesar) in Germany on one side and Florida Atlantic University and Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in the USA on the other. This transatlantic partnership maximizes the benefits for students in the program by having them directly involved in the outstanding research programs established at the two Max Planck Society run institutes and their partner universities.
The IMPRS for Brain & Behavior graduate school offers a structured, three-year multidisciplinary doctoral training and research program in the neurosciences. Overall our research programs address how sensory information is encoded in neural circuits and is transformed ultimately to behavior. Students are trained in a large range of cutting-edge techniques which are currently instrumental in the quest for understanding brain circuit function in the whole animal and its role in defining behavior. Our mission is to equip students graduating from this school with an exceptional level of knowledge and skills that will form the basis of a successful career in neuroscience.
IMPRS for Brain & Behavior aims to recruit highly qualified and motivated doctoral students from all nationalities and immerse them in a stimulating scientific culture of interaction and cooperation. Exceptional candidates holding a Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or other relevant subject are encouraged to join us.


Bonn International Graduate School Clinical and Population Science (BIGS CPS)


The Bonn International Graduate School Clinical and Population Science offers an international, research-oriented training program to doctoral students of various disciplines including medical doctors. Our three-year program covers a wide range of research areas that are relevant for clinical and population science with a methodical emphasis on genetics, imaging, and biostatistics. This interdisciplinary graduate school combines the expertise of outstanding scientists from the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Agriculture, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in the Helmholtz Association, and the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. Thus, BIGS CPS doctoral students have the opportunity to work together with excellent scientists on highly relevant and interesting projects such as the Rhineland Study or the DietBB Competence Cluster in Nutrition Research. Students also are exposed to the latest techniques and methodologies in the research fields explored by our faculty. In addition to the scientific education we offer, we provide the students with a multitude of opportunities to further their scientific career by training their ability to effectively communicate their research results, options to attend career courses, and to become integrated into the scientific community at an early stage in their career development.


Bonn International Graduate School of Drug Sciences (BIGS DrugS)bigs_drugs_logo

The Bonn International Graduate School of Drug Sciences offers talented young scientists a three-year structured PhD training program focusing on pharmacological and pharmaceutical sciences. BIGS DrugS scientists are dedicated to basic and applied research related to novel drugs and therapies. The comprehensive BIGS DrugS education program covers workshops, lectures, colloquia and symposia. Mentoring is performed by two experienced scientists, the PhD supervisor and a co-supervisor. BIGS DrugS aims at creating an optimal research and education environment for BIGS DrugS students and provides support for a successful scientific career development.