How to join the IMPRS


1) for new PhD candidates without funding

Please check our application requirements and procedure. Also note that students who have already completed a PhD program in life sciences should not apply.

The timeline for the 2021 recruitment can be found below. The 2021 call for applications will go online on March 24, 2021.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the final recruitment event may take place via videoconferencing.

Timeline 2021 Recruitment

Application period: March 24 - May 14
Deadline for references: May 21
Skype Interviews: June 14 - 28
Communication of selection results and invitation for Jena group recruitment: July 5 - 9
Group recruitment (n Jena or via videolink): TBA.
Communication of final admission decision: TBA.
Start of the program: Admitted students can start their PhD anytime between October 2021 and January 1st, 2022, in agreement with their supervisors.

If you want to work with one of the IMPRS faculty members you are always welcome to pursue independent funding. The scholarship database offered by DAAD may help you to find a suitable program. Please also check our institute website for open positions.

2) for those who are already doctoral researchers with an IMPRS faculty member

Doctoral researchers who want to become members of the IMPRS but who have not gone through our international recruitment procedure have to submit a written application backed up by at least two IMPRS faculty members  (who, upon admission, will be the official supervisors of the doctoral research project). The IMPRS selection board will decide about the applications for admission. Applications have to be submitted to the IMPRS office within two months after the PhD project starting date.