Details of the application procedure

Students of all countries can apply if they hold a Master of Science or equivalent. A written thesis (or equivalent) is a necessary condition for admission into the school. It is expected that candidates will work towards acquiring some basic knowledge of the German language. See here for a list of of frequently asked questions (FAQ) concerning the IMPRS and the application procedures

Applications are closed for the foreseeable future (at least December 2021).

Fill out the form and upload the following documents (in German or English language):

  • Curriculum vitae (with degrees, examinations, dates)
  • A short essay of up to one-page length, indicating your research field interests and motivation for this application
  • Copies of high school graduation and of all university degrees obtained (in case you are selected for an interview you might be required to show originals or certified copies)

Please name two referees who can provide letters of recommendation. They will then be contacted by us and you will get a confirmation message when your application is complete with two letters of recommendation.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the IMPRS and the application procedure. If you have further questions or need assistance with the application system, please contact the coordinators listed on the right.

Important Notes

Financial Support

A limited number of PhD fellowships for applicants holding a Master of Science or an equivalent degree is available. [more]


Students from most countries outside the European Union will have to apply for a visa to study in Germany. For details, ask the nearest German Embassy or Consulate, advisably before you send the application. Usually you must submit a letter from us stating that you are accepted, and a proof of financial support (e.g. award of IMPRS scholarship).

Selection Procedure

All complete applications (including both letters of recommendation) will be made known to all research groups involved in the IMPRS. A selection committee will then select suitable top candidates for an interview where the candidates will give a short (20min) black-board presentation of their master's degree work followed by a question session.

Equal opportunity and family-friendly workplace

The IMPRS particularly welcomes applications from female students. The Albert Einstein Institute has been certified as a familiy-friendly employer.

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