The following documents are required for the application:

  • Complete and validated online application data - Please fill in forms 1-6 carefully and pay particular attention to the motivation statement and question about your areas of interest for doctoral research.
  • Two letters of reference - Letters from two academic or professional supervisors who are able to evaluate your personality, academic experience and intellectual merit. After submitting the referee form 0, you get an email with information for the referee. It is your responsibility to forward this email to your referees.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Last relevant academic certificate (usually M.Sc.) and transcript of study (study record).
  • Proof of proficiency in English for non-native speakers - TOEFL or equivalent scores; a signed letter from your university or one of your academic teachers stating that English was the medium of instruction and your English proficiency is excellent.  Click here for frequently asked questions on this topic.
  • Registration Number - You will receive a registration number by e-mail, if you have successfully submitted your application data on our website.

All documents sent to our office must be in English or German. Certified copies of documents are not required at the time of submission. All applicants who have qualified for the group recruitment  may be asked for certification of relevant documents before admission to the program is granted.

Any incomplete application or applications reaching the IMPRS coordination office after the deadline cannot be taken into consideration.  Before contacting the coordination office, please click here to check the list of frequently asked questions.