Applicants must hold an MSc/Diploma in Biology/ Biomedicine/ Biochemistry/ Bioinformatics / Biophysics / Chemistry / Physics 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. 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 (a BSc degree that is 5 years in duration is 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. There is no application fee. 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)

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/IELTS/etc.), we encourage you to upload your certificates in the application platform. Successful applicants 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.

Completion of Master Degree

You can apply to the program if you have not completed your current masters degree. However, you must have finished your studies by the start of the program. It is okay if you will receive your physical certificate later.

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