Who should apply?

Talented, curious and open-minded scientists from Germany and abroad with strong backgrounds in neuroscience, biomedical sciences, computational science, applied mathematics, statistics, artificial intelligence, or engineering are welcome to apply.

Successful candidates will possess a burning aspiration to shape the future of neuroscience and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment.

The Max Planck Society strives for gender equity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds. We actively encourage applications from persons with disabilities.

How do I apply?

Calls for applications for the combined MSc/PhD track are issued once a year. We strongly recommend submitting an application as early as possible. Submitting early will give us more time to check the application carefully and contact candidates, if we have any questions.
To apply to the IMPRS-MMFD, please prepare the following essential documents:

  • Transcripts & Degree Certificate. Applications are welcome even if the required degree (B.Sc.) has not been awarded by the time of application, as long as the degree will be conferred before courses start in October.
  • English Proficiency Requirements (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivational Letter (2 pages at most)
  • the names and contact details of 2 referees who will provide reference letters in response to our request.
  • optionally, you can upload additional documents (e.g. your master’s thesis, published papers or descriptions of projects in which you have been involved may be submitted as well).

For more details of the application procedure, please refer to the GTC`s website here!

Application Portal opens November 1st, 2021
The deadline for applications is November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm CET.
The deadline for reference letters is December 12, 2021 at 11:59pm CET.


How does the selection procedure work?

Our faculty and staff will carefully review all submitted documents. A selected group of applicants will be invited to subject tests. Based on the results of these tests, shortlisted candidates will be invited for online interviews. Based on the interviews, applicants: (1) will get an offer for a place on a course; (2) will be placed on the waiting list (3) will be offered a place on the GTC`s regular two-year MSc program (but without funding or support from the IMPRS); or (4) will not be considered further.

For more details of the selection procedure, please refer to the GTC`s website here!

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