International Max Planck Research Schools

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In brief

PhD students can complete a doctorate in a structured programme that provides excellent research conditions. The 68 International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) are jointly managed by Max Planck institutes and universities. The principal component of the 3-year study programme is the doctoral thesis representing
a major piece of independent research, mainly on an interdisciplinary topic.

Who can apply

PhD students with

  • an outstanding university degree equivalent to a German Master’s or Bachelor’s degree
  • an academic qualification in an appropriate subject for the respective research institute
  • relevant research experience
  • excellent English language skills

Type and extent of funding

Work contract with a salary based on the collective agreement for public sector employees; PhD students currently receive approx. 2,700 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 1 year.


Applications must be submitted to the respective IMPRS. Vacancies and application deadlines are advertised on the websites of the respective institutes or research schools (see link below).

Jobs at the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society focuses on basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences. Details of research grants and job vacancies can be found in the central Max Planck Society database or on the websites of the 86 Max Planck Institutes and research facilities.

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