Information for international PhD Candidates


Doctoral Studies

Before you begin the online application, please note the following:

  1. Degree programs
    An overview of the doctoral studies offered by the various faculties can be found in the information sheet: Doctoral studies issued by the specific faculties. You can also find information by visiting doctoral disciplines or the websites of the specific faculties.
  2. Admission requirements
    Admission to doctoral studies generally requires a master’s degree from a higher education institution recognized by the University of Basel. The faculty-specific doctoral degree regulations specify additional admission requirements as well as the discipline-specific requirements with respect to equivalence and supervision. Degrees granted as part of continuing education programs do not meet the eligibility criteria for admission to doctoral studies. Applicants are admitted by the Rectorate at the request of the respective faculty. The doctoral degree regulations can be found on the websites of the individual faculties or under doctoral disciplines.
  3. Compulsory enrollment
    Doctoral students must matriculate on the next possible date and remain enrolled for the entire duration of their doctoral studies.
  4. Application process
    After completing the online application, you will be prompted to print out the application for admission to doctoral studies. This form will also be sent as a PDF file to your email address.
    Important: Your application is only valid once it has been signed and submitted along with the required documents. For details on the required documents and formal requirements (officially authenticated copies and recognized translations), refer to the checklist included when you print out the application for admission or the information sheet which you can find under Related Links and Downloads. Please submit your application even if you have not yet taken your university examinations by the application deadline or if you are not yet in possession of all necessary supporting documents.
    After receiving your application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt by email and by conventional mail along with a deposit slip for your CHF 100 application fee. Your application can only be fully processed once this application fee has been paid and all of the required documents have been received.
  5. Officially authenticated copies and recognized translations
    Documents are to be submitted as officially authenticated copies and if required with a recognized translationPlease observe the mandatory University of Basel Rectorate’s conditions for officially authenticated copies and recognized translations. For documents issued by the University of Basel, copies are sufficient.
  6. Studying with a disability or illness
    Studying with a disability or chronic illness often requires more planning. The Students Without Barriers (StoB) service point is here to help you with the organization of your studies. For an effective support, please contact the service point well ahead of time via phone +41 61 207 17 19 or email More information can be found under



Database Details

Current Research
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Thematic Focus
Agriculture, Biodiversity and Sustainability, Digital Communication / ICTs, Governance and Accountability, Knowledge Production and Transfer, Life Sciences and Health, Mobility and Migration, Open Topic, Peace and Security, Poverty Reduction

Applicant’s Country
Switzerland, EU, other, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunesia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Allowed Usage

Applicant’s Position
Undergrad, PhD Candidate

Cycle Type

Partner Required

Last Modification
15. April 2020