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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 Graduate School once a year. The program starts each September 1st, application deadline is November 15th of the year before. The application plattform is available from the beginning of August till November 15th. 

Applicants must have a Master in Physics or Astrophysics.

Applicants holding a Bachelor 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 (applications are encouraged even if the degree will not be obtained before November 15, 2018).

Candidates whose native language is not English or German are required to 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. If you are unsure on that or if you have difficulties in getting the certificates in time, please contact us.


Ph.D. grant

Successful applicants with a MSc degree will receive a work contract of about EUR 1.575 per month, (depending on family status) for a maximum period of three years if required.

Available PhD Topics

See Available PhD Topics for more details.