International PhD Programme in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

" The consortium of the Bioinformatics Integration Network is organizing an international PhD programme The PhD
courses will be common throughout the network and the candidates will be supervised by two PIs (supervisor and co-supervisor). We intend to include additional members from other EU countries in the doctorate committee in order to meet the requirements for the "European Doctorate" - a non-profit making Association which aims to "promote degrees in Biotechnology at the Masters and Doctoral levels".

The requirements for the European Doctorate are as follows:

The PhD thesis defence will be accorded if at least two professors from two higher education institutions of two European countries, other than the one where the PhD thesis will be defended, have given their judgment concerning the manuscript
At least one member of the jury should come from a higher education institution in European countries, other than the one where the PhD thesis will be defended
Part of the defence must take place in one of the official languages, other than the one(s) of the country where the PhD thesis will be defended
The PhD thesis must partly have been prepared as a result of a period of research of at least one trimester spent in another European country

Also an "Outstanding Scholar" program will be established to identify new bioinformaticians who have demonstrated research excellence. The program aims to rotate the students for three months in one of the participating labs or in the labs of our international collaborators in order to get exposure to other bioinformatics techniques.
Out of 70 candidates 8 were selected and received fellowships starting March 1st, 2006. "