International Max Planck Research Schools

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Max Planck Society

In brief

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).