Selection and admission

Our call for applications is closed. The next call for applications will open on the 1st December 2024 and close on the 31st January 2025 for the October 2025 start.

All applications are reviewed and evaluated by the admission committee based on scientific competence, personal motivation, letters of recommendation, and suitability for the program. Please note that incomplete applications or applications received by email or regular mail cannot be considered.

Based on the evaluation of the written applications by the admission committee, applicants will be shortlisted for online interviews in March. Upon performance at these remote interviews applicants will be nominated and invited for on-site interviews / selection symposium in Marburg in April.

During this three-day symposium, applicants present a research project that they conducted as part of their academic training and faculty members give an overview on available PhD projects in their groups. Applicants have the opportunity to meet current IMPRS students to learn more about their research and their experiences with the IMPRS-µLife program. Finally, applicants will have the opportunity to interview with selected IMPRS faculty members of their interest.

Following the selection symposium, the admissions committee will select successful applicants based on the judgment of all IMPRS faculty members regarding the applicant's performance during the selection symposium. Applicants will be notified within one week after the symposium about the outcome of the selection. Travel expenses for the on-site interviews will be covered by the IMPRS-µLife.

The IMPRS teaching program starts in October each year, but upon agreement with the respective supervisor students who have been accepted into the program may decide to start their research project earlier.

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