Admission Process

Admission is based solely on prior scientific qualifications and future potential. We wish to recruit only the highest qualified candidates in a fair and transparent manner.

Applicant Evaluation

Completed applications will proceed to evaluation. The first evaluation takes into account the applicants’ eligibility to join our program. Eligible applications will be assessed by faculty members, who recommend qualified applications to recruiting group leaders for consideration. Short-listed candidates will be invited to participate in videoconference interviews with an admission committee. Candidates who pass the admission committees qualify for participation in the interview week in Dresden.

The interview week in Dresden

The interview week in Dresden is crucial to be admitted to our PhD Program and to identify a hosting research group. The Monday of the interview week is reserved for a welcome, research group presentations, and a poster session. Interviews continue with the group leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday, combined with lab visits. Final interviews and lingering questions are addressed on Thursday morning. Selection results will be communicated that afternoon. Full details of the interview week will be sent to invited candidates only.

Admission offers

Admission offers to join the IMPRS-CellDevoSys are made by the end of the interview week. Admission is granted by the Dean. In general, offers are associated with a particular research group.

Start of PhD thesis work

Primary supervisors usually identify individual starting dates with the newly accepted PhD students. For the spring selection, the latest possible starting date is 1st October of the year of admission.