Kickstart your career with a PhD at the Max Planck Schools


Our programs provide excellent opportunities for your PhD

APPLY NOW - Application to the Max Planck School is open until end of November!

Embedded in a unique scientific network of currently 24 universities and 34 institutes from non-university research organizations the Max Planck Schools bring together Germany's leading scientists within one doctoral program. As a member of our joint graduate program you will be able to pursue topics at the forefront of fundamental and applied research.


    • Cutting-edge interdisciplinary research in the fields Cognition, Matter to Life, Photonics;
    • Close supervision by outstanding scientists in their respective field, within a
      unique network of leading German universities and non-university research organizations;
    • An integrated MSc and PhD program (or standalone PhD program)
    • Early access to first-class research infrastructures and innovative teaching formats;
    • An internationally competitive funding scheme without tuition fees.



    Admission to a Max Planck School comes with full funding for up to five years. This funding allows you to focus entirely on your scientific work. 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, our candidates get a contract according to the local Wage Agreement for Public Service (TVöD/TV-L, E 13) in the second phase.


      The Max Planck Schools warmly invite highly ambitious and promising candidates from all over the world to apply to their excellent PhD programs. The Schools’ different PhD programs are open not only to Master’s, but also to talented Bachelor’s graduates who want to lay the groundwork for their scientific careers within the unique scientific network of the Max Planck Schools.



      Applications are accepted exclusively via our: 

      Application Portal

      Applications must be submitted to the respective Max Planck School on the basis of the specific requirements of each school. Applications via email can unfortunately not be accepted. In order to begin studying at a Max Planck School in autumn of a given year, applications have to be received until December of the previous year.
      Each School selects their candidates in a competitive multi-stage process.


      Details on the recruitment process for each School can be found here:

      Please make sure to check the individual FAQ sections, as well.


      Excellent research requires outstanding scientists.
      If you aspire to be one of them, join the Max Planck Schools!



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