Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

All students accepted to the program will be supported by stipends or contracts. The program offers a dedicated teaching program, high quality research experience, and outstanding research facilities in an inspiring research and living environment. The working language is English. Each PhD student receives individual supervision and mentoring and is guided in her/his research work by a PhD advisory committee. Deadline for the application is January 15. Interviews with the applicants are scheduled for mid-March. Candidates accepted into the program may start latest September. The Max Planck Society and the University of Konstanz are equal opportunity employers. For details regarding the available PhD projects and the application and admission procedures, please visit our website.

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology is a close cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz. Its aim is to provide first-class training and education for outstanding doctoral students from all over the world in a stimulating research environment. This competitive doctoral program provides its fellows with an excellent starting platform for a successful career in the fields of animal behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and neurobiology. Our faculty is comprised of more than 30 leading researchers; our 64 PhD fellows come from 27 countries. Besides their own research, the IMPRS fellows attend laboratory courses and workshops in relevant transferable skills like scientific writing and project management. Talks by invited speakers during our annual IMPRS symposium, student retreats, and conference participations complete the individually tailored curriculum.


The Research School is under control of the Max Planck Society and its guidelines.

International Student Requirements:

Outstanding students of all nationalities with a deep commitment to basic research in Organismal Biology are invited to apply. All courses are taught in English.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 0 EUR

In State Tuition (per year): 0 EUR

Out State Tuition (per year): 0 EUR

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