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Who qualifies for the IMPRS on Astrophysics?

Students from all countries in the world are welcome to apply for the IMPRS program. They are selected based on their excellence as proven by their university record and by letters of recommendation. A selection committee composed of members from all participating institutes will review the applications and advise the potential supervisors about the candidates and their qualifications. However, the final decision about the acceptance of a student rests soley with his/her potential supervisor. Generally, students are admitted for the IMPRS Graduate School once a year. The program starts each September 1st, application deadline is November 1th of the year before. The application plattform is available from the beginning of August till November 1st. 

Applicants must have a master's in physics or astrophysics.

Applicants holding a bachelor's degree have to apply to the Master of Astrophysics (or Master of Physics) program at the LMU before they can be admitted to the IMPRS PhD program to obtain a Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University.

However, applications for the program starting in 2021 can be submitted even if the master's degree will not be obtained before November 1, 2020, when the completion of a master's degree is expected until Fall 2021.

Candidates whose native language is not English or German should provide a certificate documenting proficiency in English, for example TOEFL (recommended IbT of at least 94 points) or IELTS (recommended score of at least 7 points) or equivalent.


PhD Grant

Successful applicants with a master's degree will receive a work contract of about EUR 1.685 per month, (depending on family status) for a period of three to four years.

Available PhD Topics

See Available PhD Topics for more details.