Educating and training junior scientists is of primary importance for the future of research and development. The Max Planck Society, together with Universities launched an initiative called the “International Max Planck Research School”, IMPRS, to promote junior scientists.
These research schools offer gifted students from Germany and abroad the possibility to prepare themselves for their doctoral exam by offering them, in addition to excellent research conditions, a structured course program. The Research Schools are geared to scientists who have already completed their masters degree and working towards their doctoral degree.
They provide a first-class interdisciplinary education, interlink topics PhD candidates are working on and foster cooperation among the doctoral students and their advisor. The curriculum provides an excellent graduate education and focuses particularly on the needs and the specific interests of students. The thesis supervisor together with an advisory board monitor the student’s individual progress. The Schools would also like to familiarize students with research facilities in Germany and spark their interest for future cooperative activities with German scientists.
The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) offers a combined MSc/PhD program to outstanding BSc graduates. It provides state-of-the-art training and research under the guidance of leading neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists and computational scientists in Tübingen. The direct access to the IMPRS PhD program for students already holding a MSc degree and have already been admitted by the Graduate Training Centre is also possible.