Max Planck International Fellowship Program in Microbiology for PhD Studies in Germany

International Max Planck Research School:
International PhD programme

Course(s) Offered: Microbiology
Course Level: Graduate (PhD)
Provider: Max Planck Society
Country to Study in: Germany

Programme Description
Would you like to graduate from a renowned research school, located in one of the most beautiful old university towns in Europe? The International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular, and Molecular Microbiology in Marburg, Germany offers fellowships for a three-year structured PhD program.

Since 2003 the International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology (IMPRS-Mic) offers an International PhD programme with excellent research opportunities for outstanding young scientists from all over the world. This is in collaboration with Philipps-Universität Marburg (i.e. Philipps University of Marburg).

The Phd programme provides interdisciplinary training in modern microbiology, state-of-the-art research facilities, and mentoring by world class scientists. As an IMPRS student you will be given the freedom to embark on your scientific journey! We invite highly qualified and motivated scientists with a Master’s or Diploma degree to apply.

IMPRS-Mic is looking for young, motivated scientists with outstanding qualifications with a Master's (or equivalent) degree.

Our PhD programme is international and open to all students holding a Master of Science (MSc) degree, or equivalent, in biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics or related fields. Applications will be considered even if the degree is not conferred until the programme starts in autumn of the respective year. Applicants holding an extended (at least 4-year) Bachelor degree may also qualify for the admission to the programme, but as a rule they need to attend additional courses at the Philipps-Universität Marburg.

The programme is taught in English, therefore all candidates need to demonstrate good working proficiency in English, and - unless they are native English speakers - provide evidence for this (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL). German is not a requirement for the programme, but German language classes are offered to students from abroad.

Selection criteria:
Students of the school are selected in a competitive selection procedure once per year.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY country worldwide

Participating Institutions
The International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology (IMPRS-Mic); Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology; Marburg, Germany.

Fields of study
PhD research in different branches of microbiology, including molecular and cellular microbiology, genomics, metabolism, host-pathogen interactions, microbial ecology, and systems and synthetic microbiology. Students broaden their individual PhD projects by joint seminars, lectures, workshops, international research conferences, and retreats. The program is taught in English.

Program duration
Fellowship is 3 Years

Program benefits
There is no tuition fee for the IMPRS Marburg. The only fee required is the bi-annual semester fee at the Philipps-Universität, which amounts to approximately 300 Euros. The semester fee includes the so-called Semester ticket, which entitles students to use public transportation (including local train service) free of charge.

Students admitted to the school will be supported by a three-year contract, based on the Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Doctoral students receive compensation corresponding to 50 percent of Pay Group 13 of TVöD (maximum level 2); this is currently just under 2,000 Euros in gross terms. In addition, there is a special annual bonus paid. Included in this contract is coverage by the public German health insurance system.

The three-year PhD programme aims to equip students with first class education through an individually tailored curriculum, accompanied by joint seminars and colloquia, workshops and courses, and scientific retreats. Important aims of this curriculum are to provide different perspectives on the microbiology research and to introduce a wide range of techniques that can be applied in microbiology, as well as to foster interactions among students.

Method of Application
We are only accepting applications through our online application system, which will open in December. Please do not send any application by regular mail or email, as they will be rejected. In addition, we can only consider fully completed applications, including all requested documents and supplied by letters of recommendation. The application form needs to be completed exclusively in English. In addition to the application form, we require several documents that need to be uploaded. Documents in languages other than English or German should be submitted with a certified English translation.

It is important to read the FAQs, and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship award

The application period starts in December and ends on January 31st; while the study programme starts the next October. Our online application for the 2018 Call will open from December 1st 2017 until January 31st 2018 for candidates starting in October 2018

The Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology is a research institute for terrestrial microbiology in Marburg, Germany. It was founded in 1991 by Rudolf K. Thauer and is one of 80 institutes in the Max Planck Society. The International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology (IMPRS-Mic) is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology and the Philipps-Universität Marburg (also called, Philipps University of Marburg). The IMPRS-Mic school aims to provide students with state-of-the-art interdisciplinary scientific training in modern microbiology, leading to a PhD degree.

Application Deadline: 31 January 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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1 comment:

  1. I am Mieso Keweti Shengu from Ethiopia; i intend to Pursue my PhD in Breeding for biotic stresses (Microbiology) that statrts October 2018 as I am plant Breeder at dilla University!