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on Adapting Behavior in a Fundamentally Uncertain World

Application

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can apply?
  2. When can I apply?
  3. What should I do before I apply?
  4. What should I include with my application?
  5. What is the language of the program?
  6. What should the topic of my doctoral project be to fit in the program?
  7. How much financial support will I receive?
  8. Which university will be granting my doctoral degree?
  9. What degree can I pursue in the IMPRS Uncertainty program?
  10. What about health insurance?
  11. Who can be my referee?
  12. Do I have to apply online?
  13. Tuition Fees
  14. Can I do my master's in this program? Are there postdoc positions in this program?
  15. I would like to apply for a summer internship only.
  16. Where do I apply?
  17. Can I apply for the Research School even if I am only going to finish my degree this year?
  18. Do you still have questions?



Who can apply?

Candidates may apply if they have (or will have) a master's degree, 1. Staatsexamen or equivalent in the following, with a fully satisfactory final score:

A BA degree alone does not fulfill the requirements. Applicants' interests must fit in the general topic of the IMPRS program (see "Application Procedure" and Research).

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When can I apply?

The application deadline for the IMPRS Uncertainty Fellowships is April 1st for fellows starting in July.

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What should I do before I apply?

Before submitting any documents familiarize yourself with the application procedure (How to Apply). Further, take a look at the IMPRS' Faculty site for more information on the Professors' work and projects. In your letter of interest, you should describe your research and career interests. On the online application form, identify one or two IMPRS locations where you would like to conduct your research.

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What should I include in my application?

Your application should be in English. Please use the online application forms. Your complete application for admission to the IMPRS-Uncertainty has to contain:

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What is the language of the program?

Courses are held in English. A thorough knowledge of English is therefore inevitable. However, applicants don't need any certificate to prove their knowledge of the English language, since the application interviews are also held in English. Knowledge of the German language is not mandatory but recommendable.

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What should the topic of my doctoral project be to fit in the program?

Your topic shuld fit the Research fields of the school. Furthermore, as you will need a thesis advisor, you should have a look at the IMPRS faculty site to find scientist(s) with similar interests to potentially work with.

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How much financial support will I receive?

Students admitted to the IMPRS will receive a monthly scholarship of 1,365 EUR for maximally three years to cover their living expenses. The stipend is tax-free. Additional payments for accompanying spouses or children might be possible under certain prerequisites.

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From which university will I receive my doctoral degree?

Degrees may be received from the partnering universities of the respective location. International students may also choose to have their degree awarded by a university of their home country. In any case, organizational and procedural issues will be the doctoral students' responsibility. Neither the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Human Development, Research on Collective Goods nor the IMPRS are degree-granting institutions.

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What degree can I pursue in the IMPRS Uncertainty program?

You can pursue a PhD in one of the disciplines, i.e. either in economics, law or psychology. There are no interdisciplinary degrees.

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What about health insurance?

Every student must have health insurance. This is also a prerequisite for enrollment at a German university. The Max Planck Society does not pay any subsidies towards health insurance payments. You may also consider staying insured in your home country if the health insurance company covers you during studies in Germany. Of course we will support you to find an adequate health insurance.

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Who can be my referee?

We request references from at least two scholars familiar with your academic work (one letter should be from your M. A. thesis research advisor) who can judge your potential as a PhD student. If your first language is not English, your referees should comment on your ability to read, write, and speak English. It is your responsibility to contact your referees and make sure they submit the relevant information before the application deadline. For more information see "How to Apply".

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Do I have to apply online?

Yes, at least you will have to complete the online application form. We strongly encourage online applications. However, if you have problems to scan your documents, you may also send those by regular mail. Also your referees may send their letters or recommendations by regular mail. Please make sure that all documents arrive on time.

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Tuition fees

Most German universities do not charge tuition. However, they may require payment of a small enrollment fee entitling students to certain services. Presently, the fees for the Universities in Berlin, Bonn an Jena range between 100 – 200 EUR per semester (6 months). Enrollment entitles students to a public transportation ticket good on all local trains and buses (Semesterticket) and also to many student discounts for cultural events and travel.

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Can I do my master's in this program? Are there postdoc positions in this program?

No, this program is only for students with a master's degree or equivalent who want to pursue a doctoral degree in the specified fields. For post-doctoral positions please refer to Job Openings of the participating institutions.

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I would like to apply for a summer internship only.

This is not possible at the IMPRS.

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Where do I apply?

You have to apply online and you can state your priorities in the application form. If you have no preference regarding the place of your study choose "no priority" in the location menue.

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Can I apply for the Research School even if I am only going to finish my degree this year?

Yes, you can. Everyone finishing their degree until September at the latest is eligible to apply. For further questions please contact us.

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Do you still have questions?

You still have questions? Do not hesitate to send an e-mail to:
info@imprs-uncertainty.mpg.de
If you've already filled out our application form, please tell us your application code every time when writing us.



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