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 evaluations 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.

Waving the need to provide GRE and/or TOEFL scores is at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies.

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

  • Access our online application form
  • Click on the “Create a new application account” button.
  • Enter your email for registration and click on the “Register” button.
  • Check your inbox- you'll receive a message with your registration verification key.
  • At the “Select your application type” field choose –“ PhD application form for WIS graduates (completed MSc at the WIS)
  • Enter your Email address and your verification key and click on the “Login” button.
  • Fill out all the required fields in the form. For your convenience we separated this stage to a few steps. Notice that only after completing a step you will be able to continue to the next step.
  • Click on the “Submit Application” button.
  • Upon completing the session and clicking the “Submit Application” button the system will send you an email verifying your application.


External candidates

  • Access our online application form
  • Click on the “Create a new application account” button.
  • Enter your email for registration and click on the “Register” button.
  • Check your inbox- you'll receive a message with your registration verification key.
  • At the “Select your application type” field choose – “PhD application form
  • Enter your Email address and your verification key and click on the “Login” button.
  • Fill out all the required fields in the form. For your convenience we separated this stage to a few steps. Notice that only after completing a step you will be able to continue to the next step.
  • Input the name(s) of your referee(s) whom you wish to submit a letter on your behalf. Notice that the first referee must be your MSc advisor
  • Upload the required documents in PDF Format only.
  • Click on the “Submit Application” button.
  • Upon completing the session and clicking the “Submit Application” button the system will send you an email verifying your application. Notice- this email also contains unique links to each of the referees you have listed. You may send each one of them the link and they will be able to access the system and submit their letter.


Notes:

  • Until you click on the “Submit Application” button you may access the system as many times as you wish in order to update your details and information, view the existing files and upload additional ones. Thereafter you will not be able to your details and information, nor view the existing files and upload additional ones.
  • You will be sent a notification each time a letter of recommendation is submitted on your behalf.
  • Please notify the relevant FGS coordinator in case you encounter a problem during the online application process.
  • Incomplete files will NOT be reviewed.
  • Please note that you may monitor the progress of your application (e.g. receipt of letters of recommendation, invitation to an admission committee etc.), as well as the status of your application (e.g. acceptance etc.), through the online application form.

Required Documents

The online application form will ask you to upload the following documents:

  • 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

In order to apply you will need at least two letters of reference. One of these letters must be from your MSc advisor.

The online application form will ask you the names and emails of your referees whom you wish to submit a letter on your behalf. Upon submitting the registration form you will receive an email with unique links to each of the referees you have listed. You may send each one of them the link and they will be able to access the system and submit their letter.

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