International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)
for Evolutionary Biology
The graduate school is embedded in the thriving research environment and the beautiful landscape of Northern Germany, close to the shores of the Baltic Sea. Since 2010, the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology has been operated by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel and the GEOMAR - Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research.
About 60 percent of our more than 40 doctoral students come from abroad, from 15 different countries. Our faculty consists of 30 leading scientists from all three participating institutions in Kiel and Plön.
The structured program of our IMPRS does not only include the own scientific work but also includes mentoring by a thesis advisory committee (TAC) as well as an individually coordinated curriculum of regular lab and soft skill courses, workshops or seminars. The training is supplemented by scientific presentations at our annual IMPRS retreat or by attending conferences.
The doctoral thesis and its funding by the IMPRS is designed for three years. English is the official language within our graduate school, German beginner courses are offered for foreign students.