Frequently asked Questions
- What should I do when I want to travel?
- What should I do when I publish a paper?
- What should I do when I want a holiday?
- What should I do when I attend a lecture at the university?
- Who can apply?
- When can I apply?
- What should I do before I apply?
- What should I include with my application?
- What is the connection between IMPRS-PTFS and the HGSFP?
- How many students are accepted at the IMPRS every year?
- What is the language of the program?
- What should the topic of my doctoral project be to fit in the program?
- How much financial support will I receive?
- Which university will be granting my doctoral degree?
- What degree can I pursue in the IMPRS-PTFS program?
- What about health insurance?
- Who can be my referee?
- Do I have to apply online?
- Tuition Fees
- Can I do my master's in this program? Are there postdoc positions in this program?
- I would like to apply for a summer internship only.
- Where do I apply?
- Can I apply for the Research School even if I am only going to finish my degree this year?
- Do you still have questions?
What should I do when I want to travel?
Download the "travel authorization form" available
here and fill it out. Don't forget a cost estimate.
The "Cost Centre" is M.R9.A.KERN0001.
Let your advisor sign the form and send the original
AT LEAST 3 DEAYS BEFORE YOUR TRIP to the
IMPRS coordinator Werner Rodejohann
(MPI für Kernphysik, Postfach 103980, 69029 Heidelberg).
After returning, download the "travel report and claim" form available
here and fill it out. Send it with
all original documents, bills, tickets, etc. to the secretary.
What should I do when I publish a paper?
You should write the following sentence in the acknowledgments:
"N.N. acknowledges support by the IMPRS for Precision Tests of Fundamental Symmetries". You can also write "IMPRS-PTFS", or
"International Max Planck Research School for Precision Tests...".
What should I do when I want a holiday?
What should I do when I attend a lecture at the university?
At the end of each term you have to fill out a
"thesis status report" in which you have to indicate the lectures
you attended. The report form will be sent to you by the coordinator, but
can also be downloaded here.
Who can apply?
In order to enter this programme, students must have
obtained the minimum of a Master's degree in Physics
With respect to grades, it is expected that students
applying for entrance to the IMPRS have the equivalent of
the grade minimum 2,0 in the German system.
This corresponds roughly to an "B+" Grade or better
in the American or English system.
When can I apply?
The application for IMPRS Fellowships usually has two
deadlines. One is in December for fellows starting in April
and the other in June for fellows starting in October.
As a general rule, we start accepting applications
one month before deadline.
What should I do before I apply?
Before submitting any documents familiarize yourself with
the application procedure. Further,
take a look at the IMPRS faculty site for more
information of work and projects of potential supervisors.
In your application, you should describe your research
and career interests. You can also identify one or more of
the IMPRS faculty with whom you would like to conduct
What should I include in my application?
Your application should be in English and in pdf-format. Please use the application forms given on the corresponding webpages. Your complete application for admission to the IMPRS-PTFS has to contain:
- your filled out application form including your contact information, educational background;
- the naming of two recommenders and your choice concerning which faculty members you want to work with;
- Curriculum Vitae (including academic training and professional experience);
- Official transcripts/records of studies of all colleges/universities you have attended (scan or photocopy);
- Two letters of recommendation and two ratings of your academic skills and abilities by mentors who know you well;
- You also have the possibility to upload a thesis.
Your application MUST be
submitted by the date given in the call for applications.
!!We will not accept incomplete or late
What is the connection between IMPRS-PTFS and the HGSFP?
(Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics)
organizes the graduate education at the University
of Heidelberg in the fields
(i) Fundamental Interactions and Cosmology,
(ii) Astronomy and Cosmic Physics,
(iii) Quantum Dynamics and Complex Quantum Systems,
but has no PhD scholarships to offer. It offers however
funds for international exchange programs, dedicated seminar
series and teaching of other (e.g. soft) skills beyond pure
The IMPRS-PTFS largely maps the field (i), but is an
independent entity. Students in the IMPRS-PTFS
are however asked to be part of the HGSFP.
How many students are accepted at the IMPRS each year?
Up to ten students are admitted per year.
What is the language of the program?
Courses are held in English. A thorough knowledge of English is therefore inevitable. However, applicants don't need any certificate to prove their knowledge of the English language, since the application interviews are also held in English. Knowledge of the German language is not mandatory.
What should the topic of my doctoral project be to fit in the program?
Your topic should fit the
Research fields of the school.
Furthermore, as you will need a thesis advisor, you
should have a look at the
IMPRS faculty site to find scientist(s) with similar
interests to potentially work with.
How much financial support will I receive?
Students admitted to the
IMPRS will receive a usual "TvöD-contract" which implies participation
in the german social security and health care system. Only a special cases a tax free stipend
will be given.
From which university will I receive my doctoral degree?
Degrees will be received from the University of Heidelberg.
Neither the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics
nor the IMPRS are degree-granting institutions.
What degree can I pursue in the IMPRS-PTFS program?
You can pursue a "Dr. rer. nat.".
What about health insurance?
Every student must have health insurance. If you have a TvöD-contract
this works basically automatically, for a stipend more effort is needed.
Who can be my referee?
We request references from at least two scholars
familiar with your academic work
(one letter should be from your master or diploma
thesis research advisor) who can judge your potential as a
PhD student. If your first language is not English,
your referees should comment on your ability to read,
write, and speak English. It is your responsibility to
contact your referees and make sure they submit the
relevant information before the application
Do I have to apply online?
Most German universities do not charge tuition.
However, they may require payment of a small enrollment
fee entitling students to certain services.
Presently, the fee for the University of Heidelberg is
about 100 EUR per semester (6 months).
Enrollment entitles students to a public transportation
ticket good on all local trains and buses
(Semesterticket) and also to many student discounts
for cultural events and travel.
Can I do my master's in this program? Are there postdoc positions in this program?
No, this program is only for students with a master's
or diploma degree who want to pursue a doctoral degree.
For post-doctoral positions please refer to Job
Openings of the participating institutions.
I would like to apply for a summer internship only.
This is not possible at the IMPRS.
Where do I apply?
You have to apply online at the link provided
at the IMPRS webpage (Application).
Alternatively, you can apply
at the Heidelberg Graduate School of
Fundamental Physics, where you can indicate in the
form that you wish to apply for the IMPRS-PTFS.
Can I apply for the Research School even if I am only going to finish my degree this year?
Yes, you can.
As a rule of thumb, students applying in the December call
should finish between September 30 and April 1st, while
students applying in the June call
should finish between March 30 and October 1st.
Do you still have questions?
You still have questions?
Do not hesitate to send an e-mail to:
ptfs [at] mpi-hd.mpg.de