Doctoral Research

Max Planck Institutes offer doctoral research programs in collaboration with universities. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree may apply to one or more of the following programs.

Individual Doctoral Positions


Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at a particular Max Planck Institute may apply directly to departments and research groups.

Doctoral Research Programs


The Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science

The Graduate School provides an optimal environment for pursuing doctoral studies in computer science at an internationally competitive level. The Department of Computer Science at Saarland University runs the Graduate School in close cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and Max Planck Institute for Software Systems.

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Max Planck Doctoral Program in Software Systems

The MPI for Software Systems offers a vibrant, dynamic, multi-cultural environment for research and graduate education. Qualified candidates can pursue doctoral degrees under the supervision of MPI-SWS faculty, and in cooperation with a university.

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The Maryland Max Planck Ph.D. Program in Computer Science

This Maryland Max Planck Ph.D. Program in Computer Science offers students a unique opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of faculty from the University of Maryland, USA, and a Max Planck Institute in Germany. Students are co-advised, perform collaborative research, take advantage of the expertise, resources, and culture at both institutions, and spend time in both countries.

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International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS)

The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science is a graduate program jointly run by the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPI-INF), the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), and the Computer Science Department at Saarland University.

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Cambridge – Tübingen PhD Fellowships in Machine Learning

The Cambridge – Tübingen PhD fellowship program is a graduate program of the University of Cambridge Machine Learning Group and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Empirical Inference Department in Tübingen. We encourage applications from outstanding candidates with academic backgrounds in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and related fields, and a keen interest in doing basic research in machine learning and its scientific applications.

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Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems

This is the first Center linking the German Max Planck Society and the leading Swiss university ETH Zurich and brings together leading researchers in the field of learning systems. The Center offers a unique fellowship program, where PhD students are co-supervised by one advisor from ETH Zurich and one from the MPI for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen and Stuttgart. PhD students are expected to take advantage of the opportunities offered by both organizations and to actively seek cross-group collaborations.

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International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing (IMPRS-CBSC)

The International Max Planck Research School for Computational Biology and Scientific Computing is a joint graduate program of the Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics (MPI-MG). Courses, seminars, and joint research work and networking form the foundation for a thorough education of young scientists in biology-related computer science.

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International Max Planck Research School for Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology (IMPRS-CellDevoSys)

The IMPRS-CellDevoSys is a joint program of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), the Max Planck Institute of the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).  It is the partner of, and cooperates with, the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB).

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