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Selection Process for the IMPRS 'From Molecules to Organisms'

We have regular application rounds. Applications for these can only be submitted via our online application system.

The selection process involes serveral steps

  • Online applications
    To start your application for the IMPRS ‘From Molecules to Organisms’ 
  • Review of applications
    Once applications are submitted and the application deadline has passed, they are reviewed. Sometimes there will be a short online interview with a member of faculty to clarify a few points. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an online panel interview.
    If you have not received an invite to a panel interview around 8 weeks after the application deadline your application was not successful.
  • Online Panel Interviews
    Online panel interviews are scheduled for around 30-40 shortlisted candidates.
    Candidate will give a 10-minute presentation on a research project and answer questions from the faculty panel members.
  • 1-1 interviews
    Up to 20 applicants, who passed the panel interview stage, may be invited 1-1 interviews (online or/and in-person)
  • Offers
    Successful candidates will receive an offer around 2 weeks after the on-site selection
  • Start date
    Exact start dates will be agreed individually with the advisors.
    Spring selection: New PhD students normally start at the beginning of September.


Please Note: Your personal data will be stored only for application and admission purposes. According to the German privacy law all data of unsuccessful applicants will be deleted after completion of the selection procedure.


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