Our next call for IMPRS PhD positions will be at the beginning of 2023. The program will start in September 2023.

June 16, 2022

Selection procedure

The application process comprises three steps.

Step 1: eligibility check

To be eligible to apply to IMPRS you must hold a Master of Science degree, Diploma, or equivalent. It is not necessary to have the degree at time of application, however, you must have been awarded your degree prior to start of the PhD program (September). You must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Step 2: project / supervisor choice

We will publish a list of projects and mentors at the time of the call. Please review the project descriptions and engage with the associated material. If a project piques your interest, then you should email the designated supervisor for further discussion. Ensuing discussion will ensure that any decision to commit to a PhD is an informed one and you should only proceed to step 3 once you have engaged in dialog with a potential supervisor have passed successfully through an online interview.

You can apply for a maximum of two projects. Generic applications will not be further considered.

Step 3: formal application

Having decided upon a project / supervisor you will prepare a formal application. This will include a letter of motivation and your CV. The letter should include an explanation of why you wish to pursue a PhD and provide a reasoned scientific argument for your choice of project. You should combine all parts of the application in a single PDF. If applying for two projects, you must tender two separate applications. Applications are submitted using an online submission system.

Appraisal process

Applications will be reviewed by IMPRS faculty. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the host institutions in April, under the condition that travelling and in-person meetings will be possible. If not, this final round of interviews will also take place via video conference.

Successful candidates will be notified by beginning of May.

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