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Very nice Guideline to apply PhD programs (positions) in Switzerland

In Switzerland, similar to Germany, Denmark and Sweden, PhD students are hired by the host institute/university as a research assistant. However, they suppose to take courses as part of their PhD studies as in Denmark (which is not the case in Germany). In other words, PhD students are not generally part of PhD program rather than they are involved in research activities of the host group (professor).

Generally like other european countries, you should directly contact the group leader (professor) that you would like to be your supervisor. However, in many swiss universities, PhD positions are also advertised in the job portal of the universities. There, you can find most of the available PhD positions in different departments.

There are however many doctoral programs for PhD students in some of the departments or institutions. In that cases, you should get in touch with the coordinator of the program and apply through the admission portal of that particular program. For instance, the Life Science Zurich Graduate School is one of those doctoral program which are offered by ETHZ and Zurich University (for details see the link).

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EPFL is one of the research institutions which offer plenty of doctoral programs (see here). Currently they offer 19 doctoral programs whereas each program has its own application procedure and deadlines. So, if you are interested in pursuing your PhD at EPFL, you should follow the instruction and deadline of that particular program (for details, see here).

University of Basel also offers various PhD (doctoral) programs where students should take courses and workshops offered by the host or external institutes beside doing their research activities. To see the details follow the link.

In this post, we are not going to list the application procedure of each single universities in Switzerland but just to give you overall information about the common practice in the country if you wish to pursue your education in PhD level in Switzerland. However, you can find many other relevant information concerning cost of living, salary and BSc or MSc study in Switzerland in the following links.

You can find the latest PhD job vacancies in Switzerland in Academic Career section of our website.

You can also find the study programs to study in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Germany and Austria in our Website.

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Detailed informations about the academic salary in Switzerland and comparison of the academic salary in Europe can be found in the following links:

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Fully/Partially funded International Internships in different Countries in the World

International Internships in different Countries in the World
Few things to remember while finding and getting
Always try to go for an internship abroad. As it will make you realize what is happening around the
world and how the students in other countries are studying. Moreover, it will open your mind to search
for opportunities for further studies there. It will open up your mind to work hard to reach up to the
level of foreign students abroad
1) Always google keywords such as “Internships”, “International Internships”, “International students
internship”, “paid internships for international students”, “internship opportunities for international
students”. You will find so many useful results. Just use them
2) Join many scholarship websites, groups and see their postings for internships
3) The internships, I mentioned below are just a few, more you can find by searching as said above
4) Deadlines mentioned below can be changed as some programs are not open yet, but dates have been
mentioned based on previous year’s deadlines. But previous years deadlines can change, so keep on
checking web links yourself
5) If have any confusion, find emails of concerned persons on the desired website and email them and ask.
6) Many internships are lab-based, so sometimes you need to contact professors, researchers there.
When you contact them, contact in a good way. If you need to send email, make a good email and
attach a good CV in PDF form with it.
7) You have to open the links to check if already graduated students can apply or not.
8) You have to open the links to check what year students can apply for it. Such as the first year, the second
year, final year etc.
7) All of the internships mentioned below are mostly fully funded
Now, I am giving a list of few possible internships in few countries. This is just a few. There are a lot on
google. Find the best one for you here or there
Bachelor & Master Degree students, I have made a list of few summer internships around the world. Most of them are fully funded and a few are partially funded. Apply for them now.
I have also given tips in a file on how to apply for internships.
Do check the links of internships in a file that is visible in the picture.
Some Internships are for Ph.D. students as well
** For multiple fields, you have to open and check the fields in the file given below
** Already graduated students can also check the links as some internships also take already graduated students

International Internships around the World


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