According to Erasmus Mundus regulations, a common procedure for Doctoral candidate selection and admission is proposed by the BioHC Coordinator and agreed upon by the Consortium Committee. This procedure applies both to EU and non-EU Doctoral candidates, although their selection process is separate. The BioHC Consortium Committee has defined the rules prevailing to the distribution of Doctoral candidates among the universities of the Consortium, in the closest possible correspondence with their wishes when joining the PhD programme. The selection list of Doctoral candidates is communicated to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency [EACEA] of the European Commission for the distribution of scholarships.
The basic entry requirement for the BioHC Joint Doctorate is a Master’s degree (300 ECTS) in relevant areas such as Clinical research, Biotechnology, Chemical or Biological Sciences, Health sciences and Public Health, Physics and Biophysics, Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics. Applicants have to demonstrate their level of proficiency in English and their willingness to learn (if they are not independent) the languages of the countries where they are be enrolling. No difference in entry conditions is foreseen at the moment between 3rd Country and European Doctoral candidates. 
The selection process is controlled by the BioHC Scientific Committee at two levels: (i) by selecting the Doctoral projects submitted by the Scientific Investigators before the application period; (ii) by analyzing the Doctoral candidate’s background and its relevance with the applicants’s choices: Research projects, mobility scheme and courses. Finally, the Consortium Committee has to evaluate the individually tailored study plan of each Doctoral candidate enrolled in the EMJD BioHC.

The consortium will require each applicant to submit:

  1. An online application form on the BioHealth Computing web site
  2. An up-to-date Europass Curriculum Vitae
  3. A motivation statement (included in the online application form)
  4. Two recommendation forms from referees from his/her university (submitted online, according to contact information provided by the candidate in the online application form)
  5. Photocopies of passport or Identification Cards
  6. Certified Photocopies of University Diplomas (in English)
  7. Certified Photocopies of Transcripts (in English). The complete list of courses validated during the BSc and the MSc with the grade obtained in an explained scale (preferentially the ECTS grading scale or the international norm defined by the NCEFEC on a scale from A+ to E). This document must be an official document emanating from the concerned institution with the name and the signature of person in charge of the formation.
  8. Certified Photocopies of English Certificate (in English) (copy of the TOEFL score / IELTS report sheet or other test)
  9. A document proving any other funding (the document must state the name of the payer or awarding authority, and the value of the award)
  10. An ordered Indication of up to three desired thesis projects from those listed in the BioHealth Computing Web Site.

The aforementioned documents must be submitted to the BioHC coordinator preferentially through an electronic submission (PDF format preferred) on the consortium web site. In case the current degree is not yet achieved, the candidate will be asked to provide a letter from their university declaring the expected receiving date, as well as available transcripts. The Consortium will publish on the BioHC website specific step‐by‐step guidelines to help candidates complete the application.

Time schedule and deadlines. The Doctoral candidate selection procedure and timetables will be the following:

Mid-November Selection of the PhD thesis proposal by the BioHC Scientific Committee
Late November (Year N-1) Publication of thesis projects by the coordinator on the BioHC website and opening of the students application
Mid January Deadline for application of Doctoral candidates for EU Scholarships
Early February Initial Doctoral candidates’ CV screening by the Selection Board of the Consortium Committee
Mid February Web interview and final selection of Doctoral candidates for EU Scholarships by the Consortium Committee
Late February Application for EU Scholarship for 3rd country and EU Doctoral candidates
Mid March Communication about provisory selection to the Doctoral candidates
Late April Deadline for application of Doctoral candidates for Non-EU Scholarships
Mid May Initial Doctoral candidates’ CV screening by the Selection Board
Late May Web interview and final selection of Doctoral candidates for Non-EU Scholarships by the Selection Board. Definitive decision of selected Doctoral candidates following the approval of the European Commission of the proposed Doctoral candidates and communication of definitive decision. Final definition of Individual study plans
Late August-early September BioHC Integration Period (Archamps): Start of the PhD programme