How to apply


Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, a degree in natural or computer science from a Masters or equivalent program. Your current skills and knowledge should match well to your proposed area of doctoral research. All prior degree work must be finished before the PhD contract start date. Feel free to contact the IMPRS Coordinator for additional information.

Bachelors-only applicants: In rare cases, exceptionally talented students holding only a Bachelors degree may be admitted to the IMPRS. You should hold a 4-years honors degree, have excellent grades and possess extensive and relevant research experience. In such cases, additional study requirements – to be fulfilled during the first year of IMPRS participation - may be assigned.

If you obtained your degree(s) OUTSIDE the European Higher Education Area your application should include scores from the GRE General Test. To have your scores forwarded to us online, supply our institution code: 4791.  Applicants with an Indian GATE score can supply this instead of, or as well as, the GRE. If you have TOEFL scores, these cannot replace the GRE scores, but can be submitted in addition.
We assess the application as a whole and therefore do not employ fixed criteria regarding the GRE scores. As a guide, successful applicants have usually scored above 152 on the GRE verbal test and above 155 on the quantitative test. Good test results do not guarantee admission to the program; rather they provide evidence for us to look seriously at the application.

The participating institutes are committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in their workforce and therefore encourage applications from such qualified individuals.

Application Procedure

  • Special Biochemistry Selection 2019
    The online application is open now until September 15, 2019 for projects with a focus on biochemistry, starting in late 2019 - early 2020. Interviews will be held during late October - early November 2019. Biochemistry selection 2019
  • "From Molecules To Organisms" Selection 2020
    The online application will open on 1 January 2020 for students from across the life sciences who hope to join the school in Fall 2020. Interviews will be held during April - May 2020.
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