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Fellowships and Work Contracts

Students with a 5-year Master's accepted for a PhD position at the IMPRS on Astrophysics receieve automatically a PhD contract that covers the cost of living. The funding comes from various sources: e.g. funding is provided from the Max-Planck Society (MPG), from the institute's budgets, from ESO studentships and the German Science Foundation (DFG). The local institute decides which type of funding will be offered to each student. This can lead to small variations in the monthly rates among various students. On average, however, the monthly payments are all at a comparable level. The following table gives a brief summary on the approximate payment rates: 

 

MPE + MPA

Finance via a work contract (E13 65%):

  • 1st year about EUR 1.775 net per month (depends on German tax class)
  • 2nd and 3rd year about EUR 1.858 net per month
  • Statutory child allowance for each dependent child: EUR 194,00 per month
  • Tax relief for married students
  • Basic German health insurance already included

Yearly income:

1st year: about EUR 22.365 net

(corresponding to EUR 32.733 gross)
2nd and 3rd year: EUR 23.410 net

(corresponding to EUR 35.910 gross)

 

ESO

Finance via a fellowship:

  • Basic fellowship 1st year: about EUR 1774 net per month
  • Basic fellowship 2nd and 3rd year: about EUR 1.997 per month
  • Child allowance for each dependent child: EUR 302,82 per month
  • Household allowance for members of the personnel who are married or who are entitled to children's allowance: EUR 201,87 per month
  • The contribution of the student to the health insurance, presently 4.34% of the basic remuneration is subject to annual adjustments

Yearly income:

1st year: EUR 21.288

2nd and 3rd year: EUR 23.752


Due to ESO’s status as an intergovernmental organisation, under most circumstances no income tax is payable on ESO salaries. Instead, an internal tax is withheld at source.


Please find more details here:ESO Studentships


University Observatory at LMU

Finance via a work contract (E13 65% or 75%):

  • 1st year about EUR 1.684-1.826 net per month (depends on German tax class)
  • 2nd and 3rd year about EUR 1.798-1.988 net per month
  • Statutory child allowance for each dependent child: EUR 194,00 per month
  • Tax relief for married students
  • Basic German health insurance already included

Yearly income:

1st year: about EUR 20.214 - 22.658 net

(corresponding to EUR 31.175 - 34.425 gross)
2nd and 3rd year: EUR 21.572 -24.6664 net

(corresponding to EUR 33.816 - 38.210 gross)

 

Bachelor Stipend

If you have successfully applied to our IMPRS program with a degree that is not equivalent to the 5-year MSc (e.g. BSc, Bachelor with Honours, MSci), you will need to gain additional ECTS credits before being fully admitted to the PhD programme at LMU.


Unfortunately, this means that we cannot grant you a doctoral contract during this period of provisional admission. But we can support successful applicants at MPE and MPA with a so-called "Bachelor Stipend". However, we only pay the stipend if research work for the PhD studies have already started in parallel with the university's course program to obtain the additional ECTS credits.


The stipend can be paid for a maximum duration of 18 months.


Financial support via a Bachelor Stipend:

  • EUR 800 net per month / EUR 9.600 net per year
  • Child allowance for one dependent child: EUR 400 per month
  • Child allowance for every other child: EUR 100 per month
  • Basic German health insurance is not included, but an allowance of EUR 100 per month is provided to pay for health insurance