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 2020 recruitment can be found below. The 2020 call for applications is now online.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, the final recruitment event on August 25-26 may take place via videoconferencing.

Timeline 2020 Recruitment

Application period: April 2 - May 8
Deadline for references: May 15
Skype Interviews: June 2 - 19
Communication of selection results and invitation for Jena group recruitment: June 29 - July 3
Group recruitment (n Jena or via videolink): Aug 25-26
Communication of final admission decision: Sep 1
Start of the program: Admitted students can start their PhD anytime between October 2020 and January 1st, 2021, 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.