Germany: Phd Scholarships – Max Planck Research School

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he International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) is a graduate school jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), and the Computer Science Department at Saarland University.
MPI-INF and MPI-SWS are among 80 institutes (MPIs) of the Max Planck Society. The MPIs are Germany’s prime research facilities with world-class, foundational research in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, technology, and the humanities. Since 1948, MPI researchers have won 17 Nobel prizes, which testifies to the quality and innovation of MPI research programs.

The IMPRS-CS (International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science) offers a Ph.D. program upon successful completion of which students receive a Doctorate Degree in Computer Science from Saarland University. The Ph.D. program is supplemented by a Master’s program for students entering the school with a Bachelor’s degree.

During the two to three years period of the Ph.D. program, the candidates carry out their scientific research within the two participating MPIs or in one of the research groups of the Computer Science faculty members at Saarland University.
The Master’s program comprises a 1 ½-year (three semesters) teaching program with lectures and seminars. This serves as preparation and qualification for the Ph.D. program. The Master’s program includes a thesis project and is completed with a Master of Computer Science degree.

The IMPRS-CS awards the students financial support in the form of a scholarship for their participation in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

Ph.D. scholarships:
Any student with an excellent Master’s or Diploma Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering may apply for our Ph.D. program. In addition, students holding a Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year program at a research-oriented institution and who have shown outstanding performance (demonstrated, for example, by refereed publications) are also eligible.

Master’s scholarships:
Any student with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering is eligible to apply for our Master’s program.

The IMPRS-CS holds a funding agreement with Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC), which contributes 15 Ph.D. fellowships in research areas related to MSRC. Recipients of these fellowships have the opportunity for internships at MSRC and other collaboration with a world-leading industrial research lab.

Further information, including instructions on how to apply, can be found at:

You are also welcome to contact:

Kindly forward this information to interested students and colleagues at your university or research institute in your home country.

We are looking forward to your applications!

Gerhard Weikum and Jennifer Gerling
(Spokesperson and Coordinator of the IMPRS-CS)

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