How to Apply

Essential guidance for completing and submitting a PhD application

The following sections will guide you through the application process for the Feinberg Graduate School’s PhD program, providing detailed information on preparing and submitting your application ─ and understanding what process takes place after you’ve submitted all of the necessary documentation. The PhD program at the Feinberg Graduate School is open to all qualified students regardless of religion, race, color, national origin, age, disability or gender.

Minimum Academic Requirements

To apply for the PhD program, you must hold one of the following degrees:

  • MSc from the Weizmann Institute of Science, subject to confirmation by the Dean of FGS
  • MSc in a research track with a thesis from another accredited academic institution
  • MD degree
  • MSc (research track with thesis), or a PhD degree in engineering in selected fields


Second-year students at FGS are entitled to transition to the direct PhD track.


If you have a degree from an accredited institution other than the Weizmann Institute of Science, your application will be considered on the basis of:

  • Previous studies
  • Research achievements
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview

If You Studied Outside of Israel

PhD candidates from non-Israeli universities or institutions of higher learning may be required to take external evaluation examinations at the discretion of the Board of Studies, including:

GREs: Both general tests and tests in the subject you want to study. The FGS code for GREs is 3398, and scores must be sent directly from the GRE testing center.
TOEFL or IELTS: Only for candidates whose mother tongue is not English.

Finding an Advisor and a Research Group

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

  • For the physical sciences, the 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.
  • 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.

For information about potential research groups, see:

Filling Out an Online Application

Online applications may be submitted all year round. There is no deadline. 

FGS graduates

Need to submit an online application form for internal candidates. The completed, signed form must be submitted to contact the FGS Faculty Coordinator who handles your field of study.

 

External candidates

Need to submit an online application form for external candidates.
After submitting your application, you will receive an email indicating that the application was received. Within 36 hours, you will receive a second email with a User ID and password, which gives you access to our online monitoring service  where you can check the status of your application.

Your Application File Format and Name

As part of the application process, candidates must submit ONE application file, containing the documents listed below.

Application File Format

In a PDF format only.

 

Application File Name

The name of the PDF file must be constructed as follows:
(Note: Israeli ID 9 digits or foreign passport)

Last Name + space + First Name + space + ID number

Example (Israeli citizens - Israeli ID):
Johnson John 123456789.pdf

Example (International Candidates - Passport):
Johnson John D22J01189.pdf

Required Documents

Regular Track

The first document listed below should appear first in the in the PDF application file:

  • CV & list of publications + 1 passport size photograph (placed on the top right-hand side).
  • MSc certificate or degree approval.
  • Official transcript of MSc courses.
  • BSc certificate or degree approval.
  • Official transcript of BSc courses.
  • Title page of the MSc Thesis.
  • GRE / TOEFL scores (International candidates only - if they have them at their disposal)
  • Copy of ID (Israelis) or title page of passport (international applicants)

 

Letters of reference

  • At least two letters of reference. One of these letters must be from your MSc advisor

 

Please note

  • Referees should email their letters to the relevant FGS Faculty Coordinator;
  • There is no particular form or format for the reference letters;
  • Reference letters received at FGS prior to the submission of the electronic application file are held until the corresponding application file is received.

 

PhD Track for Specialist MD's

The first document listed below should appear first in the in the PDF application file:

  • CV & list of publications + 1 passport size photograph (attached to the top right-hand side).
  • Copy of the MD certificate.
  • Copy of the medical license.
  • Copy of the specialist license (if available).
  • Transcript of grades (Medical School)
  • Copy of ID (Israelis) or title page of passport (foreign applicants).
  • Medical summary signed by the candidate's family physician.
  • Important:
    The medical summary report should be submitted only by candidates accepted to the program. This document is not required of candidates who are FGS graduates.

Letters of reference
At leaset three letters of reference as follows:

  • A letter from the head of the clinical department where the candidate is doing his/her medical residency.
  • A letter from the scientist who is interested in supervising the candidate's doctoral research.
  • At least one additional letter from any academic or clinical entity.

Please note

  • Referees should email their letters to the relevant FGS Faculty Coordinator
  • There is no particular form or format for the reference letters
  • Reference letters received at FGS prior to the submission of the electronic application file are held until the corresponding application file is received

Submitting your Application File

Your PDF application file must be sent to the appropriate email address AND the subject of the email message should be as specified below:


Field of Study: Physical Sciences
Email Address: FGS-Physics@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: PhD Application Physics + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Chemical Sciences
Email Address: FGS-Chemistry@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: PhD Application Chemistry + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Life Sciences
Email Address: FGS-Lifesciences@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: PhD Application Life Sciences + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Math & CS
Email Address: FGS-Math&Cs@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: PhD Application Math & CS + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Archeological Science
Email Address: FGS-Archeology@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: PhD Application Archeological Science + Applicant's Name


Field of Study: Science Teaching
Email Address: FGS-Scienceteaching@weizmann.ac.il
Email Subject: PhD Application Science Teaching + Appllicant's Name

FGS Coordinators

Physics
Michal Kiri
Contact email
+972-8-934-3839
Chemistry
Michal Kiri
Contact email
+972-8-934-3839
Life Sciences
Dalia Greenberg
Contact email
+972-8-934-3843
Math & CS
Adi Shimron
Contact email
+972-8-934-4553
Science Teaching
Adi Shimron
Contact email
+972-8-934-4553