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: Complete academic records and copies of degrees awarded. Documents issued in languages other than German or English must be accompanied by a German or English translation. The Grade Point Average (GPA) must be indicated on the transcript. 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) : All applicants whose native language is not English must show proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or CAE). Exempted from this proof are students who (1) graduated from a college/university where the medium of instruction was English or (2) German students who had English as a foreign language at a German Gymnasium for at least 8 years. Please upload the English Proficiency Test under additional documents.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivational Letter (2 pages at most): Present and discuss your academic and career objectives. Be as specific as you can about your particular interests in neuroscience and why you plan to pursue your graduate studies in Tübingen. Describe your preparation for the neuroscience program (e.g., research projects in which you have participated) beyond what is apparent from your transcripts. Your statement is an important part of the application. It should be clear, concise, and well-crafted (2 pages at most). If you have contacted a potential supervisor, please indicate this.
  • the names and contact details of 2 referees who will provide reference letters in English. Two links will be provided to you that you will have to send out to your referee. Your referee can upload their reference letter with the link.
  • 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 October 1st, 2022
The deadline for applications is November 30, 2022 at 11:59pm CET.
The deadline for reference letters is December 10, 2022 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 or (3) will not be considered further.

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

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