About the PhD Program

The best students. From every type of background

At the Weizmann Institute, the breadth of research collaborations and an international student body combine to create an unusual atmosphere ─ and a profile that rivals that of any leading research institution in the world.

As a PhD student at the Weizmann Institute, you will be joining a highly diverse community of intelligent and committed scientists from many countries, working directly with research groups at the forefront of their fields internationally. The Institute’s exceptional staff and facilities provide a powerful foundation for your professional future, whether you aim to join the next generation of academic researchers and teachers, or to build a successful career in other fields.

The Weizmann Institute offers a number of different PhD tracks in multiple fields of study. For additional information, contact the FGS Faculty Coordinator who handles your field of study. For detailed information about our application procedure, see How to Apply.

PhD Tracks

  • Direct PhD Track: Derived directly from the FGS MSc program; offered to FGS MSc students toward the end of their second year.
  • Regular PhD Track: Designed for applicants who have an MSc degree with thesis or an MD from an accredited local or foreign institution of higher learning (or other certificate deemed equivalent by the specific Board of Studies).
  • PhD for Certified MDs: Designed for MDs with a strong interest in basic science research, who are willing to devote full-time research to this program >> Read More
  • PhD Track for Medical Residents/Specialist MDs: For any candidate who has been nominated by the management of the hospital in which he or she is doing a residency, or working as a specialist. The intent is that, upon completion of studies, the individual will be among the hospital’s leading research staff (in addition to performing clinical duties) >> Read More

Information on Potential Research Groups

Finding an Advisor and Research Group

Acceptance to a PhD program is contingent on finding an advisor who is a senior ranking member of the Weizmann Institute’s research staff. Please note:

  • For the physical sciences, chemical sciences, mathematics & computer science, or science teaching: You must make an arrangement with a potential advisor prior to submission of your application file and its review by the Board of Studies.
  • For the life sciences: You do not need to make an arrangement with a potential advisor until after you are accepted to the school. However, final acceptance is contingent upon finding an advisor to supervise your doctoral dissertation, and the arrangement must be completed within ten weeks of the date on which your acceptance letter was issued.  

    Life Sciences students may participate in the German-Israeli Helmholtz Research School in Cancer Biology  >>>Read more

If your potential advisor will be on a leave of absence for more than three months during your first year of studies, you will not be able to start your PhD.

Fields of Study and Research

  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Sciences Teaching (in Hebrew only)

FGS Coordinators

Michal Kiri
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Michal Kiri
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Life Sciences
Dalia Greenberg
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Math & CS
Adi Shimron
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Science Teaching
Adi Shimron
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