International PhD Program – Fellowships for 2016

By April 15, 2016BIST

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) is a multidisciplinary research institute formed by the alliance of six top research centers in Barcelona.


The BIST community is formed by the following centers: the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG); the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO); the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ); the Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2); the High Energy Physics Institute (IFAE); and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona).

2016 Student Recruitment

Applications for the 2016 BIST International PhD Program are now open. The application deadline is on Friday, 20 May 2016.

We are looking for talented graduates with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, pharmacy, physics, engineering, or computer sciences who are motivated to pursue a PhD at one of the BIST centers.


BIST offers an exciting international and collaborative scientific environment that includes a broad range of research disciplines and core facilities. In addition, it offers extensive scientific and technical courses, personal skills training opportunities, and career development advice.

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of academic records, research expertise, command of english and scientific motivation.

The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Completion of studies that lead to an official Spanish (or from another country of the European Higher Education Area) university degree in Science or Engineering totaling 300 credits (ECTS), of which at least 60 must correspond to Master’s level or equivalent.
  • An outstanding academic record.
  • Previous research experience.
  • Command of English.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to identify the research lines or fields that best fit their background and scientific career goals. More information about the research groups at the BIST centers can be found at:

CRG – Centre for Genomic Regulation
ICFO – Institute of Photonic Sciences
ICIQ – Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia
ICN2 – Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
IFAE – High Energy Physics Institute
IRB Barcelona – Institute for Research in Biomedicine

The BIST International PhD Fellowship Program has been designed to foster scientific career development.


Call opening: April 15 Interviews: June 13-23
Deadline for applications: May 20 List of candidates June 28
Pre-selection of candidates: June 10 Start of fellowships: Sept.-Oct. 2016

Application Process:

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a Selection Committee formed by scientists from the BIST centers.

A shortlist of selected candidates will be invited for interviews.

Offers of admission will be made to the successful candidates after the interview period.

Applicants who have not been successful but have received a positive evaluation will be kept on a BIST database to be considered for future fellowship opportunities.

The online application must include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A scanned copy of the certified academic record
  • A scanned copy of the First Certificate in English (FCE) or equivalent document
  • The names and contact details from two university leactures or scientists with whom the applicant has worked. The system will automatically request a recommendation letter from them.
  • Any additional files considered relevant to the application

Call closed

BIST is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on nationality, gender or disability.


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