IMPRS Application

IMPRS Application

The 2021 IMPRS Application Call is CLOSED and information on the 2022 Call will be availble from autumn 2021.


As an international program, we encourage students from all countries to apply. Successful applicants will be enrolled at a German University which is typically the University of Cologne (UoC) or the Heinrich-Heine University (HHU) located in Düsseldorf near Cologne. The Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) and the Universities of Cologne and Düsseldorf are equal opportunity employers.

To be considered for selection, you must hold a Master’s degree or comparable and have completed 4 to 5 years of university studies in subjects relevant to the individual projects. While it is not necessary to hold the degree at the time of application, it must be awarded before PhD projects start.

Solid knowledge of the English language is necessary to succeed in our program. We thus encourage you to support your application with the results of internationally accepted language exams such as TOEFL or IELTS, which are however not mandatory.

What we offer

The MPIPZ and the Universities in Cologne and Düsseldorf form an outstanding cluster for basic research in the plant sciences. Supported through the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments (see CEPLAS homepage), we offer a truly interdisciplinary training of young researchers who will work in a supportive international environment designed to harness creativity.

PhD positions are fully funded for 3 years, with possible extension, and PhD students will benefit from a structured supportive program with shared supervision and training in a wide range of transferable and applicable skills. All applicants can indicate their preference for a number of advertised projects.


The final deadline for application is November 16, 2020. Please note that we ask two referees to support your application and that the referees' deadline to submit a reference letter is November 23, 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Selection Symposium that takes place on February 22-25, 2021. Due to the current COVID-19 infection dynamics, the Selection Symposium will be organised online. Successful applicants will be offered a position in March 2021 and should start the project until autumn 2021.

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