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 68 IMPRS. 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, approx. 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

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

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

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Thüringen

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

Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin

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

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Bayern
Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Radolfzell / Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg

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

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

Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Thüringen

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

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

Max Planck Institute for Physics, München, Bayern

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

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

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Sachsen

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Thüringen

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin

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

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

Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Niederlande

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg

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

Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Hessen

Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen

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

Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle (Saale), Sachsen-Anhalt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Bayern

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

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Niedersachsen

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, München, Bayern

Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, Garching, Bayern

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

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

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

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

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

Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Göttingen, Niedersachsen

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

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