Online Application Tool

The application round for a May 2020 start date is now closed. Please check back for next recruitment announcement in Fall 2020. 

Important dates

  • IMPRS-IEM Application opens September 2019. 
  • Applications must be submitted 04 November 2019
  • Reference letters are due the following week.
  • Round One video interviews will occur the week of 2 December 2019.
  • Final candidates will be invited to Freiburg for in-person interviews from 20 to 22 January 2020.
  • Accepted candidates will start their thesis research in May 2020.

Please note that IMPRS-IEM will reimburse travel expenses and cover accommodation for all candidates participating in the interviews in Freiburg.

IMPRS Office

Dr. Kyle Austin
Dr. Kyle Austin
Scientific Project Coordinator, Graduate Training and Communication
Phone:+49 761 5108-447Fax:+49 761 5108-720


Lisa Breitner
Lisa Breitner
IMPRS-IEM Administrative Assistant
Phone:+49 761 5108-449Fax:+49 761 5108-720


How to apply

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How to Apply

The application for 2020 is now closed. The next recruitment round will take place in late 2020.

Please note that you need to have both a BSc and MSc or equivalent (usually 5 years of university studies) to be eligible to join our program. There is no application fee.


We welcome applications of outstanding and highly motivated students with a passion for science.

Application procedure

Applications can be submitted via our online application tool only which is open during selection times.

Admission process

Admission to IMPRS-IEM is highly competitive and carried out through a centralized selection procedure, divided into several steps: Evaluation of application, video and subsequent in-person interviews in Freiburg.

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