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Graduate School of Life Sciences

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The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) results from a common initiative of the Faculties of Biology, Medicine, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Physics, and Human Sciences at the University of Würzburg.

The GSLS is a highly interdisciplinary graduate school, which was founded in 2006 as part of the  Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation ("Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft", DFG) to support the training of excellent doctoral researchers. Since the end of the Excellence Initiative in 2019, the GSLS is founded jointly by the State of Bavaria and the University of Würzburg.
Since the founding of the GSLS in 2006, over 800 doctoral researchers have graduated by our regulations and standards.
The GSLS encompasses more than 250 research groups and currently supports more than 600 doctoral researchers (PhD/Dr. rer. nat.) and more than 200 medical doctoral researchers with our dedicated team.

Our mission:
Interdisciplinary research training is the key to the success of tomorrow's life scientists. However, the traditional training of a doctoral researcher often puts a rather narrow focus on skills immediately related to their research project. Improving upon the traditional model, the GSLS provides structured doctoral research training, offering additional skills beyond the immediate scope of the graduation research project. Our study program outlines the graduation prerequisites we require of our doctoral researchers to foster excellence. The additional requirements for graduation are more than matched by the strong support of the GSLS, which provides compelling reasons to graduate with us.