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Recruitment 2021 - Closed

The application portal is now closed. The application portal will reopen in September 2021.


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




Applicants must hold an MSc/Diploma in Biology/ Biomedicine/ Biochemistry/ Bioinformatics or related subject (to be obtained before start of program). Please note that a MD or DVM is not a substitute for an MSc degree. A BSc degree that is 5 years in duration is also not a substitute. This is a requirement from the University of Freiburg.

We welcome applications from excellent and highly motivated students of all nationalities with a passion for science. We expect:

  • outstanding academic record (GPA >80%, first or upper second class degree, top 10% of students in a given year) 
  • practical lab experience of at least 4-6 months
  • excellent English language skills (TOEFL/IELTS or equivalent certificate recommended -not required- if you are not a native speaker or did not complete your University education in an English-speaking country)

Formal requirement: 

What is NOT required to apply for the IMPRS-IEM program?

Language fluency

English is the official language of the program, and knowledge of German is not required. If you have taken an English language proficiency test (TOEFL/CET/ect.), we encourage you to upload your certificates in the application platform. You will be offered the opportunity to attend a free German language course if you choose to.

Standardized Tests

IMPRS-IEM does not require standardized testing such as the GRE for admissions. You may upload those certificates with your application if you choose to do so.

Individual Fellowship

Applicants are not required to have an individual fellowship to apply. All students offered entry into the program will be provided with an employment contract to cover living expenses. There are no tuition fees to pay. However, we encourage students to apply for such individual fellowships before and during their PhD for the purposes of CV building.

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