New Admission Procedure for PhD Students

Applications for the PhD Program are now welcome at any time

The International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental, and Systems Biology (IMPRS-CellDevoSys), the PhD program at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), changed its admission procedure for new PhD students! A new rolling application process was initiated as a pilot project, meaning that applicants are invited to submit their applications via the online application system anytime without a fixed deadline. In general, the applicants will be informed within four weeks after submission, whether their applications can be considered for an online Admission Committee interview. Passing the interview entitles for admission, pending one-to-one interviews with group leaders and mutual agreement of supervision placement. (Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, face to face interviews will be conducted remotely.) If successful, PhD students can expect to start their PhD projects between 8 weeks to 6 months after the first assessment.

Why did we decide to change to a rolling procedure? Birgit Knepper, who coordinates the PhD Program, explains: “The new procedure allows to faster attract and admit outstanding PhD students to the IMPRS-CellDevoSys program, and group leaders can fill their PhD positions without waiting for a once-per-year interview week. The rolling admission is quite a change, and we’ll evaluate later this year how successful the new approach is.”

The PhD program's Dean Ivo Sbalzarini adds: “This innovation makes our PhD program stand out again. It creates a dynamic, agile spirit all year round and caters much better to the increasing diversity in the educational background and personal planning of our applicants. It also allows us to flexibly react to situations like the current Covid-19 pandemic, continuously keeping us on the radar of students around the world.”

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Applications are welcome anytime.