Application and Admission

Applications to the PhD Program are only accepted when submitted via the HBRS on-line application system. Please register and submit your application at the following web-site:


Applications are accepted from December 1 until March 1 for the program starting in October.


The most promising candidates will be interviewed in June. During these days the available projects will be presented by the prospective PhD supervisors. All interview candidates will be invited to stay for two days at Hannover Medical School.

Interview format

The interview lasts for about 20 minutes. It consists of a brief presentation summarizing your educational background and the last research project you worked on. The presentation is followed by a discussion on your project, your studies and yourself. The interview will take place in front of the chairperson of the program, members of the PhD committee and prospective supervisors.


Final admission to the PhD program is threefold: 

1) Successful candidates will be notified by E-mail and by surface mail about their admission to the program shortly after the interviews. 

2) Successful applicants may choose one of the projects offered. Final project choice is based on mutual agreement between the applicant and her / his prospective supervisor. 

3) Additionally, successful applicants need to secure financial support for themselves. This can either be a stipend awarded by the PhD program to the best applicants, a stipend paid for by the prospective supervisor, a staff position financed by the prospective supervisor or a stipend awarded by a third party such as DAAD.

The PhD Program Regenerative Sciences successfully applied for funding under the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) and was awarded two stipends each in 2021 and 2022. These will be awarded to international applicants as part of the 2021 and 2022 selection process of new PhD students.

Beginning of the program

Students are strongly advised to arrive in Hannover in the beginning of October. Prior to the beginning of lectures in mid-October there is an orientation week which greatly helps you to settle at Hannover Medical School  and within the city.

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