How to apply

Eligibility

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, a degree in natural or computer science from a Diplom, Masters or equivalent program. Your current skills and knowledge should match well to your proposed area of doctoral research. To start in September 2016, all degree work must be finished by September 1, 2016 and we require the final degree certificate by December 2016. Feel free to contact the IMPRS Coordinator for additional information.

If you obtained your Masters-level degree outside the European Higher Education Area your application should include scores from the GRE General Test. To have your scores forwarded to us online, supply our institution code: 4791.  Applicants with an Indian GATE score can supply this instead of, or as well as, the GRE. If you have TOEFL scores, these cannot replace the GRE scores, but can be submitted in addition.
NOTE:
We assess the application as a whole and therefore do not employ fixed criteria regarding the GRE scores, but as a guide, successful applicants have usually scored above 152 (above 500 for pre-2011 scores) on the GRE verbal test and above 155 (700) on the quantitative test. Good test results do not guarantee admission to the program; rather they provide evidence for us to look seriously at the application.

Application Procedure

  • Online application 2016
    Our online application period will open for new applications on January 1, 2016.
    Deadline: 28 February 2016 (midnight CET).  Hints for the application
  • Interviews
    A three-day interview and discussion period will be held during May 9-12, 2016 (NEW DATES). Successful applicants will receive their invitation within 4 weeks of the application deadline. Travel expenses are reimbursed and free accommodation provided. Assistance with visa and travel arrangements is available. 
  • Offers
    Successful candidates will receive an offer by May 21, 2016 and must reply by May 27, 2016. 
  • Starting date
    New PhD students should be ready to join the school at the beginning of September 2016. An earlier start (July/August 2016) is possible if the PhD advisor is in agreement.