The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) offers a fully funded graduate program in cooperation with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science at Saarland University.
IMPRS-CS PhD Program
The program leads to a doctoral degree (PhD) and is open to students who already hold a research-oriented Master’s degree in Computer Science (or an equivalent degree).
Admitted students will receive a support contract that covers all living expenses and tuition fees. These support contract recipients are automatically members of the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science.
Applications should be submitted to the IMPRS-CS; members of the Graduate School are also involved in the admissions process.
The IMPRS-CS graduate program is organized in collaboration with the MPI for Informatics, the MPI for Software Systems, and the Department of Computer Science at Saarland University, all three of which rank among the very best scientific research institutions in Computer Science in Europe.
Prerequisites and Application
Applicants for the PhD program must hold a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree from a research-oriented institution. Successful candidates will typically have ranked at or near the top of their classes, have already engaged in research and published their results, and be highly proficient in written and spoken English. Applicants are required to deliver a 15-minute research presentation on their Master’s project, followed by a question and answer period, in front of the admission committee and other audience members. All admitted students receive financial aid in the form of a support contract.
Applicants to the IMPRS-CS PhD program should fill in the following form:
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A successful candidate must:
- hold or be about to receive a Master’s degree in Computer Science (or an equivalent degree) from a research-oriented institution of higher education
- have outstanding academic performance (rank at or near top of class)
- have excellent oral and written English language skills
- show aptitude for independent, creative work
- have performed research and published (or submitted for publication) the results
The application must be supported by:
- a Bachelor’s and Master’s certificate (if available)
- school leaving certificate
- academic transcripts from Bachelor and Master study
- a resume
- three names and email addresses of professors or similar willing to give reference for the candidate (Please note that only official, as opposed to private, e-mail addresses will be accepted)
- a personal statement explaining the candidate’s motivation and reasons for pursuing a PhD in computer science at the International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science, whereby the candidate may state his/her preferred supervisor or research group
- submission of TOEFL scores , TSE scores or the Cambridge Certificate is strongly encouraged but not compulsory
- submission of GRE general and GRE Computer Science subject test scores is strongly encouraged but not compulsory
- an abstract of your Master’s thesis (If you haven’t submitted your thesis yet, please inform us when you will submit it to your supervisors and tell us their e-mail addresses.)
There is no application fee.
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