International Max Planck Research Schools
PhD students can complete a doctorate in a structured programme that provides excellent research conditions. The 65 International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) are jointly managed by Max Planck Institutes and universities. Students have the choice of receiving their doctorates either from the German university or their home university.
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 (50 per cent); doctoral students currently receive 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 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.