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Apply now for IMPRS positions starting in 2022! 


The application deadline for positions to start in 2022 will be 23 January, 2022, midnight CET.
Interviews will be held in early April 2022. We will contact candidates for interview in due time.  


Apply now for IMPRS-PMPG positions starting in 2022. The application portal is OPEN. Application deadline: 23 January 2022, midnight CET.


The application portal is OPEN. Click on the link above to enter the application form.

All applications for IMPRS-PMPG must be submitted via the online application form. Please note that we can only consider applications that are complete.

Recommended Internet browsers for filling in the form:

  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox



(1) Application form

The online application form must be filled in during one session. It cannot be saved. Thus, we advise you to prepare your answers and the documents to upload in advance. Please download the PDF “Application Form: Instructions” to guide you through the application form:

Application form: Instructions (PDF)

PDF with tips for the application and a field-by-field description of the application form for the IMPRS-PMPG.
Note: This document is valid for the 2021/2022 application call (application deadline: 23 January, 2022).

The application language is English.

TIP: Several fields in the application form require a more detailed answer. It is a good idea to prepare these answers in a separate document before filling in the online form.  

Several fields also require that you inform yourself before you can prepare your answer. For example, you will be asked to name three IMPRS faculty members whose research is of interest to you and whose research groups you would like to join should you be a successful candidate. Faculty members of our IMPRS can be found at: IMPRS Faculty. Please inform yourself about their research and their availability as supervisors for PhD projects before applying.

Advisory note: Do not try to copy/paste published text pieces, as we will control for plagiarism. Plagiarism will immediately remove your application from further consideration.

(2) Documents to upload


  • CV
  • Personal statement of motivation


  • BSc certificate and transcript
  • MSc certificate and transcript, if applicable | Note: If you have not yet finished your MSc, please include a preliminary transcript, if possible.
  • English test | Note: The working language of our IMPRS is English. We recommend (but do not require) that you include a copy of an English test (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate) in your application. If you have taken a test but receive the results after the application deadline, you can send us your results after submitting your application.


All documents must be uploaded as PDF. Please try to optimize your PDF for size before uploading. Do not upload other formats than PDF, e.g. Word documents or ZIP archives.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE – What happens after I have applied?

We will evaluate all applications in a two-step procedure after the application call has closed. At the end, we will have a shortlist of candidates whom we invite to our interview workshop.
We usually contact referees after the application call has closed. However, please note that we may contact your referees for a reference at an earlier time.

More information about the evaluation and selection procedure and tips for the application and interviews can be found at Selection Process & Tips.

We look forward to receiving your application – Good luck! 


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