The Max Planck Schools

The Max Planck Schools

The Max Planck Schools are a joint graduate program of currently 24 universities and 34 institutes from non-university research organizations.

Ambitious and promising PhD candidates engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the fields of Cognition, Matter to Life, and Photonics and study in the context of a unique network, closely supervised by outstanding scientists, who are leaders in their respective field. The PhD candidates benefit from early access to a versatile, first-class research infrastructure and innovative teaching methods, as well as fully financed PhD positions for Bachelor and Master graduates.

Discover our excellent PhD programs and explore your Passion for Science!

©David Ausserhofer

Financial Support

Financial Support

Admission to a Max Planck School comes with full funding for up to five years. This funding allows students and doctoral candidates to focus entirely on their scientific work and ensures that the Max Planck Schools can attract the best candidates from around the world.

During the first program phase (usually with a Bachelor’s degree), students receive an attractive scholarship and, if applicable, a subsidy for health insurance and material costs. With the successful completion of the first phase and a contract according to the local Wage Agreement for Public Service (TVöD/TV-L, E 13) in the second phase.

Our Fellows

Our Fellows

Together with our students, the Fellows of the Max Planck Schools form the foundation of every School. Our Fellows are Germany’s leading scientists in their respective field and are to pass on their knowledge to the most ambitious and talented Bachelor and Master graduates through close personal exchange in small groups and with the aid of excellent infrastructures. The Fellows mentor our talented and ambitious young researchers and accompany them throughout their PhD studies.

Find out more about our world-class supervisers and their research!

Picture: Meeting of Max Planck Schools students with Nobel Prize winner Stefan Hell at Kick-off-symposium of the Max Planck Schools in September 2019. Stefan Hell is Fellow of the Max Planck Schools Matter to Life and Photonics.

©David Ausserhofer

The Max Planck Schools bring together international PhD candidates with Germany’s leading scientists in the fields of Cognition, Matter to Life and Photonics.

Based on a unique network of German universities and non-university research organizations, the Max Planck Schools offer international PhD programs with fully financed PhD positions for Bachelor and Master Graduates in an outstanding scientific environment.

PhD students benefit from a versatile, first-class infrastructure, innovative teaching methods and interdisciplinary exchange.

THE THREE MAX PLANCK SCHOOLS

Max Planck School of Cognition
Cognition research covers topics from disciplines as diverse as psychology, physics, computer science, philosophy, biology and medicine. In this rapidly developing research field scientists with access to the methods and approaches of the various disciplines are in high demand.
Max Planck School Matter to Life
What, exactly, is life? Can processes, functions and objects related to life be simulated and recreated in the laboratory? These are the overarching questions addressed in the curriculum and research training of the Max Planck School Matter to Life.
Max Planck School of Photonics
Photonics is the science of light, enabling numerous modern technologies such as non-contact sensors, quantum computers and energy and information carriers. The Max Planck School of Photonics unites research in many subdisciplines to light up the world.

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