Graduate School
of Global Health


What we offer:

  • Doctorate in Global Health, possibly with a field study abroad
  • Structured curriculum to develop research skills in the area of Global Health
  • Monthly scholarship of 1000€ over 12 months
  • Opportunity to exchange experiences with international students of the Institute of Global Health
  • Full integration into a research group
  • Participation in scientific conferences
  • Excursions and thematic events

What we expect:

  • Completion of the preliminary medical examination (“Physikum”)
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Commitment to pursue a doctoral degree at the Medical Faculty of Heidelberg (Dr. med. / Dr. med. dent.)
  • Willingness to invest at least 12 months into the doctorate
  • For currently enrolled medical students, submission of thesis before the start of the clinical residency (Praktisches Jahr)


    1. Submit your application online as ONE PDF file and written in English containing:
      • CV in Europass format including grades from your medical studies
      • Research proposal (max. 3 pages): Here you can find project ideas and potential supervisors, but your own ideas are highly welcome!
      • Motivation letter (max. 1 page): Please address the following aspects: Why is your project relevant to Global Health? Why are you the right person for the project? What is the biggest weakness of the project?
    2. Decision of the selection committee
      • Depending on quality and amount of applications, you may be invited to a 30-minute interview.
      • We accept applications on a rolling basis.
      • Selection is done three times per year (February, June and October).
      • Rejected candidates have the right for one re-application.
Apply now!

Graduate School


apl. Prof. Dr. Volker Winkler, Coordinator
Prof Dr. Dr. Till Bärnighausen
Dr. Andreas Deckert

Dr. Florian Neuhann



Dr. Claudia Denkinger Head of Division of Tropical Medicine, Heidelberg University Hospital Prof. Dr. Joachim Szecsenyi, PD Dr. med. Svetla Loukanova Abteilung Allgemeinmedizin und Versorgungsforschung Prof. Dr. Eric Comte Institute of Global Health, Director Geneva Health Forum, University of Geneva Prof. Dr. Dr. Sabine Gabrysch Head, Research Department 2, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Institute of Public Health, Charité – Berlin University of Medicine

About us

The Medical Faculty at Heidelberg University has been at the forefront of Global Health in Germany by integrating different aspects of global health in research and teaching at the Institute of Global Health for over 50 years now. The prestigious Alexander von Humbold Professorship in Global Health has further strengthened the global health research at the Medical Faculty. The Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health offered by the Institute of Global Health and funded by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung aims to provide medical students with an opportunity to engage in global health research. Embedded in the MEDISS Programme (Medical Structured Scientific Programme) of the Medical Faculty, the Graduate School offers a structured curriculum, interdisciplinary exchange and a wide range of cooperation partners for developing a high quality doctoral thesis.


The Heidelberg Graduate School of Global Health is positioned at the Institute of Global Health within the Medical Faculty. The coordination team consists of five people and is chaired by the speaker. It will decide on scientific and administrative developments, e.g. the curriculum, allocation of travel funds. The coordinator and his administrative team will deal with day-to-day business. He is also part of the coordination team. The other three members of the team are two scientists and a student representative. They will be elected during the yearly plenary meeting. The coordination team also constitutes the selection committee which will decide about the scholarships.


All documents as ONE PDF file and written in English containing:

  • CV (Europass) including marks from medical studies
  • Research proposal (max. 3 page) (see Application)
  • Motivation letter (max. 1 page)
  • Read the FAQ, please!