Talented, curious and open-minded young 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.
Calls for applications for the combined MSc/PhD track are issued once a year.
To make sure we consider all applicants thoroughly and fairly, there are several stages to our admissions process. Each one is outlined below. It is important you understand your role in each of these stages and are aware of the deadlines. The admissions timeline provides an overview of the process.
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 MSc/PhD track, please submit the following essential documents:
Please note, only applications with all two recommendation letters provided by December 13th, 2021, will be considered.
Application Portal opens November 1st, 2021
The next deadline for applications is November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm CET.
The deadline for reference letters is December 13, 2021 at 11:59pm CET.
Only completed applications will be evaluated.
The selection procedure has three parts: Online application → 1st shortlist Subject test (in Tübingen, in Germany or world-wide) → 2nd shortlist Interviews → final selection and offer
First complete applications will be checked for background, academic records and grades, resulting in an initial shortlist of eligible applicants. Second, shortlisted applicants will be invited to take an online subject test.
The subject test covers various topics, depending on the master´s program of choice:
|Neural Behav Sci:||neurobiology, psychology, cognitive science, brain imaging, maths, statistics|
|Cell Molec Neurosci:||neurobiology, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry|
|Neural Inf Process:||maths (linear algebra/analysis), statistics, elementary probability theory, physics|
Third, 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.
Finalists will be informed by mid-March 2021. As final step, selected IMPRS applicants will have to submit their application package to the University of Tübingen online application portal by latest March 31, 2022. The IMPRS coordinator will guide you through this process.