Welcome to our International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS)

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Mathematical and Physical Aspects of Gravitation, Cosmology and Quantum Field Theory addresses fundamental questions about the nature of classical and quantum gravity and its links to the fundamental constituents of matter. The research is purely theoretical and brings together some of the most exciting challenges of modern physics and mathematics. The school started operating in January 2016 and replaces the previous IMPRS for Geometric Analysis, Gravitation and String Theory.

This IMPRS is no longer accepting applications.


Students enrol in a doctoral program at one of the participating universities. Every student is assigned a thesis advisory committee (TAC) involving three senior members (including the primary supervisor) representing at least two of the main IMPRS partner institutions. In addition to their research work students are expected to attend advanced lecture courses and transferable skill seminars that are offered by the school. Moreover, they are required to present progress reports of their work in regular intervals at local seminars and an annual excursion. The program and dissertation are in English. The PhD should be completed within 3 years.


Prof. Dr. Hermann Nicolai
IMPRS Spokesperson
+49 331 567-7216

Dr. Axel Kleinschmidt
IMPRS Coordinator
+49 331 567-7330

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