Applications are invited for MPS PhD Scholarships at University of Göttingen in Germany. Application is open for international students to pursue three year PhD programme in 2018-2019 academic year.

The aim of this scholarships is to encourage and support academically able and talented students.

Deadline:15 November 2017
Study in:
Providers:University of Göttingen
Course Level:PhD degree
Field of Study: Research at the MPS covers three main areas:

  • “Sun and Heliosphere”,
  • “Solar and Stellar Interiors”,
  • “Planets and Comets”.

Benefits for MPS PhD Scholarships:

Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as postdoc wrap-up funding.

Number of Scholarships:

About 45 students are enrolled at any given time. Their funding comes from several sources. The yearly call for applications primarily addresses candidates applying for an IMPRS-funded position, but anyone hired on a project position and desiring to pursue work towards a Ph.D. under the roof of the IMPRS also needs to submit an application to IMPRS. In some cases, applicants for IMPRS positions will also be redirected to open project positions suitable to pursue Ph.D. work. We admit about 10-15 Ph.D. students in total per year.

Eligibility for MPS PhD Scholarships:

  • Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or, if they choose, another university.
  • The Solar System School is open to students from all countries and offers an international three-year Ph.D. program in an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Campus. Successful applicants will be offered a three-year doctoral support contract as well as postdoc wrap-up funding.
  • The language of the structured graduate program in English, with complimentary German language courses offered (optional). The program includes an inspiring curriculum of scientific lectures and seminars as well as advanced training workshops and provides relocation costs and travel funds to attend international conferences.
  • Applicants to the Solar System School should have a keen interest in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence. They must have or must be about to obtain, an M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics, earth sciences or a related field, including a written Master’s thesis, and must document a good command of the English language.

Nationality: 

The Solar System School is open to students from all countries.

College Admission Requirement for MPS PhD Scholarships:

Entrance Requirements: Solar System School students collaborate with leading scientists in these fields and graduates are awarded a doctoral degree from the renowned University of Göttingen or if they choose, another university.

English Language Requirements: Candidates whose native language is not English or German are required to provide a certificate documenting proficiency in English, for example, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, IELTS Academic, TOEFL-iBT, TOEFL-PBT, GER, CEF, UNIcert language tests or equivalent. Proficiency in English can also be demonstrated through a degree obtained in a course of study taught in English. Applicants who have worked or studied in an English-speaking country for at least two years within the last three years are exempt from having to provide a certificate. If no language test is available at the time of enrolment and none of the above exceptions applies, admission is not possible.

Applicants with university degrees obtained outside Europe who provide GRE physics test scores will be given preference over those who do not provide test scores. We do not require GRE General test results, but you will have the possibility to indicate and upload your test results if you have them during the application process.

Test Requirements: ETS has assigned the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research an institutional code to receive your TOEFL or GRE scores from them directly.

The TOEFL code for institution “Max Planck Inst Fellowship” (Solar System Research) is 5480.

The GRE code for institution “Max Planck Inst Fellowship” (Solar System Research) is 0070.


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