Fully Funded PhD Programs for International Students at IMPRS-gBGC in Germany, 2017

The International Max Planck Research School for Global Biogeochemical Cycles (IMPRS-gBGC) in cooperation with the Friedrich Schiller University Jena offers a PhD program in global biogeochemistry and related earth system sciences. Positions are open for citizens for all nationalities, handicapped persons with comparable qualifications receive preferential status and women.

The International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) promote doctoral researchers. Talented foreign and German junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions. A shared characteristics of the graduate programmes at Max Planck Institutes is a close colloboration with universities.

Applicants must hold a Master of Science, German ‘Diploma’ or equivalent degree in natural sciences.

Deadline : 15 March 2017
Study in : Germany
Providers : IMPRS-gBGC and Friedrich Schiller University
Course Level : PhD program
Field of Study : Positions are available for research in global bio geochemistry and related Earth System sciences.

Scholarship Award:

Fully funded positions are available.


Applications for the program are open to well-motivated and highly-qualified candidates from all countries. A prerequisite is a diploma or master of science degree in geophysical sciences, environmental sciences, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, computer sciences or related fields, including a corresponding thesis. Proficiency in English is required since English is the official language of the program.


Applicants from any country can apply for these PhD positions.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must hold a Master of Science, German ‘Diploma’ or equivalent degree in natural sciences.

English Language Requirement: English proficiency skills are required. (Document submission, if possible).

Supporting Material: 

In addition to the application for the scholarship, the applicant must submit the following documents:

  • The online application form below.
  • Letter of motivation and research interests (in English).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) / Resume.
  • Documents relating to master’s degree (or national equivalent that requires a corresponding thesis): title and abstract of their thesis, copy of MSc certificate, copy of MSc transcript (list of courses/lectures they took, including marks).
  • If applicable: documents relating to bachelor’s degree (redundant with ‘Diplom’): copy of BSc certificate, copy of BSc transcript (list of courses/lectures they took).
  • Proof of English skills, if possible.
  • Any additional documents which applicant consider important for their application (e.g. publications, job references, certificates of workshops etc.) can be included in their CV-PDF.
  • Two reference letters (from e.g. former advisers) sent to us directly via email from the official work account of their chosen referees (must reach us one week after the application deadline).
  • Application documents that are neither in English nor German must be translated into one of these two languages. During the application, unofficial translations serve well. Upon admission and to register as a PhD candidate at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, officially certified translations are required.

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