Instructions for Applying

Please use our Online Application Tool to apply for the graduate program. Please also refer to our FAQs for the commonly asked questions about our application and selection process.

We can only accept online applications that are complete. Any late or incomplete applications will be rejected and deleted from our databank. Please do not send any written or email applications to the coordination office. We are not able to process or return them.

Timeline of important dates

The application window for the IMPRS-TP PhD program that starts in 2024 is now closed.

The application window for the IMPRS-TP PhD program that starts in 2025 will open again on August 15th. Please note the following timeline:

  • All applications have to be submitted in English through our Online Application Tool. The application period for the 2025 intake will open again on August 15th, 2024.
  • Application deadline: October 31st 2024 (24:00 Central European Time)
  • Deadline for references: November 7th 2024 (24:00 Central European Time)
  • Final selection process: March-May 2025
  • Start date: September to October 2025

Travel expenses and accommodation for the interview will be covered by IMPRS-TP, where applicable.


For detailed information about our application requirements see Who Qualifies.

Please note that you need to have completed your Master's degree or equivalent in a relevant field or MD prior to starting the PhD program, but not necessarily at the time of application. 

We highly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. This may be helpful should you run into any problems during the application process, e.g. if one of your referees does not submit a recommendation in a timely manner you would have sufficient time to deal with the situation.

In your application, please select up to 3 research groups you are interested in working with. You can find details about research areas and participating research groups on our webpage.

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