The fast track to a doctorate
Early-stage support: The Max Planck Society provides training for outstanding junior scientists with a Bachelor’s degree who wish to enter into research at the earliest opportunity.
At several International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS), excellent graduates with a Bachelor’s degree are inducted into combined Master’s/Ph.D. programmes or an individually tailored qualification phase prior to a doctorate.
For a maximum of 18 months, graduates with a Bachelor’s degree may receive a grant in the amount of 800 euros per month, in addition to various social benefits that may be awarded:
- a child allowance of 400 euros per month for the 1st child and 100 euros per month for each additional child
- a health insurance subsidy of 50 percent of the premium (maximum 100 euros) for those insured under the statutory health insurance scheme or comparable private health insurance; in certain cases, this subsidy may also be available for family members with no income of their own
- flat-rate contributions of 75 euros towards the cost of outward and return travel
Not all International Max Planck Research Schools offer this fast track route to a doctorate. You are therefore advised to consult the IMPRS websites to confirm whether this career option is open to you.