Selection and Admission

All successfully submitted applications are evaluated by the steering committee based on scientific competence, CV, letters of recommendation, and suitability for the programme. Incomplete applications or applications received by email or regular mail will not be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and a tour through the research groups. Travel expenses for the on-site interviews will be covered by the IMPRS-QST.

As traveling to Munich for interviews as well as in-person events continue to be difficult under the pandemic situation, we plan to conduct the interviews for the current application period by video conference during our "Virtual Interview Days" in April 2022.

Interview Days in Munich

During the interview days, the applicants give a short presentation of a research project that they have conducted as part of their academic training. Also, they will be introduced to different research options and will have the opportunity to meet selected IMPRS faculty members of their interest.

Following these days, the admissions committee will select successful applicants based on the judgment of all PI's regarding the performance during the interview days. Applicants will be notified within one to two weeks after the interview about the outcome of the selection.

Selected students will be assigned to the groups according to their preferences and suitability for the available PhD projects.

There is no fixed number of accepted students per year. This depends on the quality of the applications, available funding and the need and capacity of the IMPRS-QST research groups.

If you apply, please save the date: The IMPRS-QST Virtual Interview Days 2022 will take place on April 21-22!

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