Application now closed. New round opens in autumn 2019.


To select the most promising students from around the world for our training program, we employ a two-step selection process consisting of a written online application and a selection symposium at the MPI.


1.) Online Application

Our application platform was open until 14th of February, 2019 (23:59 CET).


With the application we ask for

  • a letter of motivation
  • a formal CV
  • your certificates (you should gain your degree before October 2019)
  • the names of two referees who will write a reference letter by the deadline
  • and a research proposal (best based on the project proposals from the faculty labs which will be available in autumn)

After the deadline, all applications are reviewed by the coordinator and the faculty. A shortlist of applicants will be invited to the selection symposium, which will be held on 8th - 10th of April, 2019.

2.) Selection Syposium: The Admission Assessment Days

Invited students will stay 3 days in Berlin (8th-10th of April, 2019) and present themselves and their research in a short talk. Following this, the prospective PhD student is interviewed by the panel of the faculty and by individual prospective supervisors.


3.) Admission

Selected students can join the school in autumn, best starting on 1st of September.


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