Admission

General Information

The IMPRS aims to have a high share of international students. The official language of the LIFE Research School is English. Candidates must have a proven record of academic excellence. The legal right to award a doctoral degree lies within the universities in Berlin, Ann Arbor, Charlottesville, and Zurich.

Eligibility

To be admitted to LIFE in Berlin students must have recently finished an M.A., Magister, or Diploma in a discipline relevant to the School's program (developmental and cognitive psychology, neuroscience, sociology, educational science, evolutionary biology, developmental and aging biology).

Benefits

Students admitted to LIFE will receive a doctoral contract which will be paid according to TvöD 13 1/2 (about 1.700,00 Euros gross).  Students with dependent children accompanying them will receive an additional family allowance. Depending on the funding institution, a stipend-based position could also be possible. Doctoral students at the IMPRS have a fully equipped shared office and full access to the libraries of the MPI and the Berlin Universities.

Application Procedure

There are two ways to be admitted to LIFE. One is to apply directly to LIFE after fellowships are announced. Alternatively, an already active doctoral student from one of the participating universities or institutions may be recommended by a LIFE faculty member to the Steering Committee. These so-called "external" fellows are funded by their respective home institutions or other funding agencies (e.g., DFG). They fully participate in the training and all LIFE activities.


Typical Admission Schedule for LIFE Berlin

Announcement

 

October

Application Deadline

 

November 30

Interviews

 

January/February

Decision

 

February/March

Entry into LIFE

 

April 1 or October 1

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