FAQ Promotion procedures

FAQ What to do in case of conflict

We do our best to ensure high quality education and supervision of our PhD students. Should a conflict arise during the PhD project, the first step is to contact the coordinator (judith.bergs@charite.de) or the spokesperson (ingolf.sack@charite.de) of BIOQIC. BIOQIC will then try to solve the conflict by intermediating. In case of persistent conflict, you can contact the ombudspersons of the Charité. These ombudspersons act as contact persons and mediators for doctoral candidates and supervisors in case of conflicts that threaten the successful completion of a doctoral project. The ombudspersons have the obligation to deal in a strictly confidential manner with the cases submitted to them.

Psychological counceling at Charité

  • Having trouble coping with the demands of your studies?
  • Are your studies having a negative effect on your physical well being or vice versa?
  • Are you afraid you might not accomplish your academic goals?
  • Are you questioning your career decisions?
  • Do you feel lost inside the Charité University System?
  • Do you suffer from exam anxiety?

If you need psychological counceling, MediCoach is there for you at Charité. Please find more information on the website.

FAQ German language courses

Since our BIOQIC group is very international, some of you expressed your interest in taking German courses. Unfortunately, the Charité does not offer basic German courses, but there are several other possibilities and BIOQIC can reimburse the costs up to a maximum of 300 euros.

Please check out the following institutes if you are interested in taking German courses:


In walking distance of the Charité Campus Mitte:

Humboldt-Institut: http://www.humboldt-institut.org/deutschkurse-in/berlin-mitte/

Did-Institut: http://www.did.de/index.php5?id=berlin&L=1


As an employee of the Charité, you are registered as a HU employee and you can participate in their German courses offered by their language center. The prices are reasonable. Humboldt University: https://www.sprachenzentrum.hu-berlin.de/de

Other options you can find below. The VHS, Volkshochschule, is usually pretty cheap and is designed for people with different educational backgrounds.



FAQ Interview round

There is no guarantee that your preferred PhD project will be allocated to you. However, we seek to assign all successful candidates to their best matching project based on their qualifications, presentations and discussions with the PIs during the assessment days.

Yes. After commence of BIOQIC in April 2017, MD projects can be arranged with the BIOQIC PI’s.

FAQ Interview round

The first BIOQIC assessment center took place on February 20/21 2017 in Berlin at Charité Campus Mitte. The next one is scheduled for January 30, 2020.

If you have your own funding and would like to be part of BIOQIC, you can send an application to: bioqic@charite.de

FAQ Funding

BIOQIC provides 15 PhD positions (TV-L 13, 65%). These are funded positions, meaning that accepted candidates receive funding by the Graduiertenkolleg. Furthermore, the BIOQIC program does not charge any tuition. However, candidates can also apply for the program if they already have funding, but seek to be accepted to the program.

FAQ Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for a PhD position if you have prior research experience documented by a finished dissertation (MD or Dr. med. with at least one first authorship or final grade Summa cum laude).