Moving to Jena


Tuition fees for the IMPRS are completely covered by the German government except for a nominal enrollment fee at Friedrich Schiller University twice per year of around 180 Euro. Costs for consumables and equipment are covered by the host lab.


Doctoral researchers get a support contract. The monthly gross allowance of the contract is about 1700 EUR/month. After deductions of tax, social and health insurance, the net income will be about 1200 EUR per month. Support contracts are offered for three years.

Living Costs

Living costs in Jena range from 700 to 900 EUR per month for a single person, depending on the rent paid for accommodation.


A limited number of single rooms are available in student residences. They are administered by the Studentenwerk Jena (monthly rent between 120 EUR und 316 EUR; click here for more information). The coordination office will, upon request, assist in reserving a room. Off-campus housing is also possible, e.g. in shared houses or flats.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory and premiums are deducted from the monthly pay. The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology will help each student to obtain appropriate coverage. The Max Planck Society has contracts with several private insurance companies.  Students can choose the one that best fits their needs. The costs are around 90-180 EUR per month for a single person; more for families. 

Doing a doctorate in Germany

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Studying in Germany as a disabled student

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