A state-of-the-art degree in research

A state-of-the-art degree in research

Since 2000, the International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) have become a permanent part of our efforts to promote Ph.D. students. Talented German and foreign junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions. A shared characteristics of the graduate programmes at Max Planck Institutes is a close colloboration with universities.

Currently, there are 60 IMPRS; 26 in the Chemistry, Physics and Technology Section, 23 in the Biology and Medicine Section, and 11 in the Human and Social Sciences Section. The research schools are established by one or several Max Planck Institutes. However, these IMPRS work in close cooperation with universities and other – sometimes foreign – research institutions. This provides an extraordinary framework for the graduate students to work in, and is a great advantage in interdisciplinary research projects, or in projects that require special equipment. Currently, 80 Max Planck Institutes are associated with an IMPRS.

Innovative training programmes

In general, about half of the junior researchers who receive their training at an IMPRS are from Germany and the other half from around the world. The principal component of the 3-year study programme is the doctoral thesis representing a major piece of independent research, mainly in an interdisciplinary topic. Doctoral students also benefit from regular workshops, which facilitate exchange of information and provide students with the opportunity to see their research topic from different perspectives. The right to confer degrees remains with the respective university. However, supervising tutors at both the universities and the Max Planck Institutes look after the students, instruct them and test them.

Applications are welcome!

Students interested in joining the doctoral programme at an International Max Planck Research School should decide which IMPRS would be relevant for them in terms of its scientific focus and directly contact the relevant School's coordinator for more details.

An overview of all IMPRS

IMPRS for the Anthropology, Archaeology and History of Eurasia

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt

IMPRS on Ageing

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Associated Institute - Research Center caesar (center of advanced european studies and research), Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS for Astronomy and Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS on Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam-Golm, Brandenburg
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Hannover), Hannover, Niedersachsen

IMPRS for Astrophysics

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching, Bayern
Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Bayern

IMPRS on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS for Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Thüringen

IMPRS for Molecular Biology

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Niedersachsen
Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Niedersachsen

IMPRS for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin

IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein

IMPRS for Molecular and Cellular Biology

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS for Organismal Biology

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Bayern
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Radolfzell), Radolfzell, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS for Molecular Biomedicine

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS on Multiscale Bio-Systems

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm, Brandenburg

IMPRS for Brain and Behavior

Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, FL 33458, USA
Associated Institute - Research Center caesar (center of advanced european studies and research), Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS for Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Sachsen

IMPRS in Chemical and Molecular Biology

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS for Computer Science

Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Saarland
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Kaiserslautern site, Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Saarbrücken site, Saarbrücken, Saarland

IMPRS for Dynamical Processes in Atoms, Molecules and Solids

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Sachsen

IMPRS on Earth System Modelling

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg

IMPRS "The Exploration of Ecological Interactions with Molecular and Chemical Techniques"

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Thüringen

IMPRS for Moral Economies of Modern Societies

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

IMPRS on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS on Elementary Particle Physics

Max Planck Institute for Physics, München, Bayern

IMPRS for Advanced Methods in Process and Systems Engineering

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt

IMPRS for Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS for Genome Science

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Niedersachsen
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Niedersachsen
Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Niedersachsen

IMPRS for Mathematical and Physical Aspects of Gravitation, Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam-Golm, Brandenburg

IMPRS for Heart and Lung Research

Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Hessen

IMPRS: The Leipzig School of Human Origins

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Sachsen

IMPRS for Ultrafast Imaging and Structural Dynamics

Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Hamburg

IMPRS for Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin

IMPRS for Intelligent Systems

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart site, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tübingen site, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS for Interface Controlled Materials for Energy Conversion

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS Functional Interfaces in Physics and Chemistry

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin

IMPRS for Language Sciences

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Niederlande

IMPRS for Comparative Criminal Law

Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS on Successful Dispute Resolution in International Law

Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxemburg

IMPRS on the Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogentic Dynamics

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

IMPRS for Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences: From Biology to Medicine

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Bayern
Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Bayern
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, München, Bayern

IMPRS for Marine Microbiology

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen

Max Planck Graduate School (MPGS) at MPI for Chemistry

Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz

IMPRS for Condensed Matter Science

Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig, Sachsen

IMPRS for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Hessen

IMPRS for Moduli Spaces

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS "From Molecules to Organisms"

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS for Neural Circuits

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen

IMPRS for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience

Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS on Neuroscience of Communication: Funktion, Structure and Plasticity

Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Sachsen

IMPRS for Neurosciences

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Niedersachsen
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Niedersachsen
Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, Niedersachsen

IMPRS Many-Particle Systems in Structured Environments

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Sachsen

IMPRS on Advanced Photon Science

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Bayern

IMPRS Physics of Light

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen, Bayern

IMPRS for Physics of Biological and Complex Systems

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Niedersachsen

IMPRS on Understanding Complex Plant Traits using Computational and Evolutionary Approaches

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Brandenburg

IMPRS for Translational Psychiatry

Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, München, Bayern

IMPRS for Quantum Science and Technology

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Bayern

IMPRS for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Sachsen

IMPRS for Quantum Dynamics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg

IMPRS on Reactive Structure Analysis for Chemical Reactions

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Nordrhein-Westfalen

IMPRS on Retaliation, Mediation and Punishment

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt

IMPRS for Solar System Science

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Niedersachsen

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