Application Science & Policy

Application process: new students in the plant sciences

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must hold a university Master's degree (or equivalent) before starting the Science & Policy program. Please note that degrees from Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) are not accepted.
  • Applicants must have strong English skills.

There are two ways to apply

  • Track I Application. File an application via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School
  • Track II Application. Contact a PSC group leader directly to enquire about possible PhD openings and then apply directly to the group leader.

Track I applicants:

Students apply through the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. Applications are evaluated by an LSZGS admission committee. Selected candidates are invited for an interview, to be held in Zurich in early February (December 1st, deadline) or in early September (July 1st, deadline). Final acceptance depends on:

  • Passing the interview
  • Finding a PhD position in one of the participating research groups
  • Satisfying the formal admission requirements of the University of Zurich, University of Basel, or ETH Zurich

Track II applicants:

To ensure equal treatment of Track I (recruitment via LSZGS) and Track II (direct application to principal investigator (PI)) candidates and in accordance with the rules of the LSZGS, as of January 2013 group leaders are required to organize a formal admission interview with their future PhD students if recruited via track II. 

The interview should be conducted in the presence of at least one other PI or faculty member.  The supervisor should fill out an interview protocol to be submitted together with the registration form. Students entering via Track II who wish to join the Science & Policy program must register within three months of enrolling, using the registration form that can be downloaded from the box at right.

Application process: students from other natural science fields

Students may join the Science & Policy program after they have been accepted for a PhD position in a research group based at the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich; the Department of Environmental Systems Science, the Department of Biology or the Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich or the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel. Please apply via the Life Science Zurich Graduate School, or go to the websites of the respective departments and contact those research groups of interest to you.

For those enrolled in one of these institutes, application to the Science & Policy program is possible within the first year of PhD studies (using the form in the box at right). An admission committee will evaluate the request.