Max Planck Schools

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In brief

The new Max Planck Schools in the forward-looking fields of cognition, photonics and matter to life enable promising PhD students to work in close cooperation with outstanding researchers on the latest and most groundbreaking questions in basic and applied research. A total of 21 universities and 31 institutes at large non-university research organisations have come together for these special PhD programmes. As a result, access to excellent infrastructures has become available at various research facilities and universities in Germany.

Who can apply?

Especially ambitious and promising Bachelor or Master graduates from all over the world.

Type and extent of funding

Scholarship: acceptance at a Max Planck School is linked with financial support for up to five years.


5 years.


Application is possible on the basis of the requirements of the respective Max Planck School; the selection procedure involves several stages. The respective school outlines the exact requirements and further details on its website.