Max Planck Schools
Concentrating scientific excellence, thereby offering a doctoral training programme that is competitive with the international elite: this is what the new Max Planck Schools stand for. Under the programme, which will start in 2019, students will be able to obtain their PhDs. The first students will be able to apply from autumn 2018 onwards.
Many different parts come together to create a larger whole: that is the idea behind the Max Planck Schools. Whereas in countries like Britain and the USA, research excellence is concentrated in such strongholds as Oxford and Harvard, the best researchers in Germany are often widely dispersed. They work at various universities and non-university research institutions throughout Germany. The Max Planck Schools aim to concentrate Germany’s decentralized research excellence and thus to increase the attractiveness of the German science landscape for top international students and graduates. At the same time, the schools are also open to German applicants.
The calls for applications are designed to match the international application cycles of the elite universities. The first students will be able to apply from autumn 2018 onwards. The offer is also open to Bachelor graduates in a direct track scheme (two years Master, three years PhD). The Max Planck Schools will have their own website from April onwards.
The following Max Planck Schools will start operating in 2018 as part of the pilot phase:
The Max Planck Schools are a joint initiative of the Max Planck Society, German universities and the German research organizations. As national networks of graduate education, the Max Planck Schools complement the highly successful regional cooperation formats, such as the graduate schools of the Excellence Initiative of the federal and state governments or the International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS). The three pilot Schools will receive a total of nine million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) each year over an initial period of five years. Each of the Schools will be subjected to ongoing evaluation by the BMBF right from the start.
*formerly: Max Planck School on Physics, Chemistry and Construction of Life