Important Dates

The winter call for the IPP is now closed!! The next summer call will open in the spring of 2024.

Are you thinking about applying to the IPP? We recruit PhD students exclusively via IPP calls twice a year - once in summer and once in winter.

You can find an overview about our recruitment procedure and a summary of the most important dates below.

  • Application deadline: 8 November 2023 (application no longer possible)
  • Pre-selected applicants will be invited to online pre-interviews between Mid-November and December
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to onsite Interview Days at IMB in Mainz, which will be held 22-24 January 2024
  • Successful applicants will start their PhD studies between March and September 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply to the IPP you must provide the following:

  • Fully completed application form submitted before the relevant deadline

  • A Master degree or equivalent (1st Class BA Hons or BSc Hons) or anticipate receiving before enrolment

  • Full details of two referees, at least one of them should have supervised you in a research project

  • High level of both spoken and written English

How to Apply

We want to attract the brightest, most creative and ambitious students in the field of life sciences from all over the world and we receive around 500 applications each call.
During an ongoing call, you need to take the following steps to be admitted to the IPP



Step 1: Have a look at the Projects Offered.

Step 2: Apply via our online platform on Registration & Application.

Step 3: After thorough evaluation of all completed applications, we invite the best candidates for the IPP Interview Days.