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How to apply to the Graduate School?

Welcome to the Graduate School Life Science Munich (LSM), from Molecules to Systems!

If you are interested in doing a doctoral thesis with a member of the LSM, you need to apply via our online portal.

The online application portal will open on September 1st !

Timeline for the 2024/2025 application procedure:

  • Beginning of the application, Sept 1st (12:00 noon CET) onwards, opening of the LSM online application system;
  • Deadline for submitting the applications: 24th of October, 12:00 noon CET!
  • Deadline for submitting the letters of reference by the referees: 31st of October, 12:00 noon CET !
  • Only fully submitted applications will be forwarded for pre-screening;
  • Should the application deem worthy, it will be evaluated by 2 members of the Graduate School;
  • Invitation to the online interview days will be sent mid December;
  • Interview days: 13-16 January; (online)
  • Final decisions on whether the candidate is accepted will follow the interview(s);
  • Start of doctoral study, as agreed upon with supervisor, this takes into consideration when funding becomes available. 

180516_LSM_Plakat_A3_2018_RZPlease take note of the following rules and considerations:

You have to apply with our online application tool;

Applications via mail/email will not be accepted;

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be deleted after 3 months due to data protection laws;

Deadline for submitting the applications: 24 October 2024, 12:00 noon CET!

Deadline for submitting the letters of reference: 31 October 2024, 12:00 noon CET!



Applications which are not submitted will not be considered;

We do not charge application fees;

There are no tuition fees;

All courses are held in English.


For internal candidates, you are applying to the graduate school only, as you have already started your doctoral studies with an LSM group member. (cut-off period within the 1st year of starting your doctoral thesis: doctoral candidates who started more than six months ago must submit 1st TAC pre- and post- report during the online application)

For external candidates you are applying, not only to the graduate school but also and most importantly, for a doctoral position (open doctoral positions could be viewed here)

The six steps to submit your application to the LSM doctoral programme:

  1. Register online, After successful registration, you will receive a confirmation link via e-mail that allows you to log in.
  2. Log in with your personal username and password at the LSM online application system and fill out your application form.
  3. Upload all required documents.
  4. Contact your referees and get their affirmation to write a recommendation on your behalf. Then fill out the tabs for references contacts in the online application form and "save". Once you have done this step, you have authorized the automatic tool to invite the referee to submit his/her letter of recommendation electronically. It is your responsibility to ensure they send in their letters of reference! You will receive confirmation via email of such!
  5. Submit your application by clicking on the "Save and Submit" button in the upper menu of the application site.

More information:

Acceptance of complete applications will be confirmed electronically in the "My progress" menu button of your application form.

Submission of each letter of recommendation to the coordination office will be confirmed electronically in the "My progress" section of your application form. Additionally, you will be informed via email as soon as one of your referees has submitted a recommendation on your behalf. Furthermore, the referee will also receive an email confirming the receipt of the recommendation letter.

Only complete applications with 2 letters of reference will be considered. 

Written applications to the LSM coordination office are not processed and will not be returned.

Applications will be independently reviewed by several faculty members of the Graduate School LSM. Based on academic qualification, research experience, motivation, scientific background and the letters of recommendation, candidates will be selected for the online interview days (January 2025)
Successful applicants will be offered a doctoral study position, which generally is financed by third-party funds of the supervisor.

At the time of application, the last final exam should have taken place during the past four years.

For detailed information about the LSM programme, please go to our website.

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