MD-PhD Program & MD-PhD Scholarships

MD-PhD Program

The MD-PhD Program is intended for medical graduates who are interested in research in basic sciences, in public health sciences, in clinical sciences, or in biomedical ethics, and who are aiming at pursuing a career combining research and clinical work in an academic setting. A structured training program within the framework of the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB) or the Graduate School for Health Sciences (GHS) enables them to acquire a high standard of knowledge in research methods and project-related theoretical competence.
According to the guidelines of the National MD-PhD Program, candidates should already start their training in the course of their medical studies and follow relevant courses concurrently with their medical curriculum (Track I).


MD-PhD Scholarships

The National MD-PhD Program, which is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS/SAMW), and several other foundations, awards 9 to 12 scholarships every year to outstanding graduates in human medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry with residency in Switzerland.

Further information can be found on the SNSF and SAMS websites.


Information & Application for MD-PhD Scholarships


Applications must be written in English. Please send the filled in official SAMS MD-PhD application form, compiled as a single PDF file with the required application documents, to PD Dr. Monica Schaller, Coordinator of the Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB).

Submission deadline: Every year on December 15.


MD-PhD consulting on Wednesday mornings, 09:00 - 10:00 by telephone only, after arranging appointment

Please make an appointment per mail with the coordinator of the GCB, Monica Schaller if you seek advice to organize your MD-PhD. Consultation hour will be once a week (Wednesday morning) from 9:00-10:00 per phone only due to the COVID-19 pandemic regulations of the University of Bern. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.