PhD Program Outline


The duration of PhD programs at the Feinberg Graduate School is 54 months. The Direct PhD Track lasts 42 months.

Potential Research Groups and Research Areas

Every PhD student must belong to a research group. The Head of that research group is appointed as your advisor. It is possible to appoint two advisors. Switching to another research group requires approval by the Board of Studies and the Dean of Feinberg Graduate School.

Information on potential research groups

Courses and Credits

During your studies, you must accrue credits according to the requisites of the pertinent Board of Studies. Please note:

  • In special cases, the Board of Studies may require that you accrue an amount of credits greater than those required in that specific field of study.
  • The Board of Studies may require that you participate in specific courses.
  • Half of your required credit points or courses must be accumulated by the deadline for the Interim Report.
  • All of your required credit points must be accumulated by the deadline for your Final Report.
  • Any deviation from the official curriculum requires prior approval from the pertinent Board of Studies.
  • Unless there is an obvious continuum of studies as a full-time FGS student, FGS will not recognize credit points from courses which are from five years ago or older, including FGS courses.
  • For further information, see Courses.

External courses
Please note that approved external courses will not be recorded in your FGS grade transcript. This is also true for intensive courses offered to participants at international conferences. If you wish to provide proof to a third party of your participation in external courses, you must request a transcript from the external institution, and keep it for future reference


Progress Reports and Thesis

It is mandatory that you submit all reports on time, according to your set deadlines. For your convenience, you may view the deadlines for your reports at any time through the online service. Requests for extensions must be sent by email, a month before the deadline, to your FGS Faculty Coordinator.

  •   Research Proposal:  Month 12 (Direct Track:Pre-condition to start)
  •   Interim Report: Month 30 (Direct Track: Month 18)
  •   Final Report: Month 48 (Direct Track: Month 36)
  •   Thesis: Month 54 (Direct Track: Month 42)

Approval of Your Degree

Official Certification

Once your degree is approved by the Institute’s Scientific Council, you may receive official confirmation of Degree Eligibility from the FGS. 


Degree Eligibility Date

The date of your degree is the date on which the WIS Scientific Council approved the degree. Your physical degree will be awarded at the graduation and awards ceremony that takes place once a year in the spring.


Receiving Your Degree

PhD degrees are awarded at the graduation and awards ceremony that takes place once a year in the spring.

Distinctions and Awards


The Scientific Council of the Weizmann Institute of Science does not award degrees with distinctions such as Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude.


FGS Prizes

The FGS does, however, award several prizes to outstanding PhD students every year for remarkable achievements. The FGS prizes for excellence in studies and research are awarded at the graduation ceremony in the spring.

FGS Coordinators