Individual Doctoral Projects at Max Planck Institutes

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In brief

PhD students can complete a doctorate within the scope of research work conducted at a Max Planck Institute. The doctoral degree is awarded by a university in Germany or abroad.


Who can apply?

PhD students with

  • an outstanding university degree equivalent to a German Master’s degree
  • an academic qualification in an appropriate subject for the advertised PhD research or for a relevant PhD research proposal for the respective research project
  • previous research experience
  • a good knowledge of the English language

Type and extent of funding

Work contract with a salary based on the collective agreement for public sector employees (50 per cent), currently just under 2,000 euros per month gross. Depending on personal profile and research area, higher remuneration is possible within the framework of a recruitment allowance. In addition, there is a special annual bonus. An (international) research stay may be subsidised.


3 years with possible extension of up to 1 year.


Applications can be submitted to the respective institute at any time. Vacancies are advertised on the websites of the individual institutes or the Max Planck job exchange (see link below). Job offers and advertisements are also published on Facebook and Twitter.