Doctoral Program of the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics Calls for Application


The International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy & Cosmic Physics at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD)  aims to offer outstanding research and training opportunities with excellent instrumental, observational, and theoretical research facilities. Research at IMPRS-HD covers a wide range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics.

Since autumn 2007 IMPRS-HD is an independent part of the HGSFP (now Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics). A poll published in 2010 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) concluded that Heidelberg is Germany’s most popular university for international doctoral students.

IMPRS-HD is open for students from all countries and offers fellowships available per year for both international and national students. We invite highly-qualified students who aim for a doctoral degree in the area of astronomy or astrophysics to apply.

Typically, applicants must have (or expect to have) a degree equivalent to the MSc in Physics (e.g. a “Laurea” etc.) including a Master’s Thesis to be acceptable for doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg. Exceptional applicants can be accepted for Ph.D. studies with a BSc degree only in the  “4+4 Ph.D. program.” However, several conditions may be imposed by the Department – such as attending certain lectures or the delivery of a research report after the first year.

Together with the offer of a Ph.D. project, financial support is offered. However, it is also possible for a doctoral fellow to bring his/her funding.

IMPRS applicants holding an MSc degree equivalent will receive a fellowship for a  period of three-four years with a net income of EUR 1300-1500 per month. The amount of income may depend on family status, research experience, and funding source. The funding can be given as a tax-free stipend or an employment work contract (also depending on the funding source). Also, the duration of the funding period of 3-4 years will depend on the funding source. Applicants are encouraged to clarify these issues during the interview.

The allocation of a full grant (i.e. for the full period) may depend on performance (that will be supervised by the candidate’s thesis committee).

The deadline for next term (fall 2020) applications is November 11, 2019.
Interviews will be held during Feb 6-12, 2020

For more information on how to apply, click here


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