Admission Process

Admission is based solely on prior scientific qualifications and future potential. We wish to recruit only the highest qualified candidates in a fair and transparent manner.

Applicant Evaluation

Completed eligible applications will proceed to evaluation. The first evaluation takes into account the applicants’ national education system, and is carried out by internal experts of the respective educational system. Additionally, we may conduct phone or Skype interviews during the evaluation process. Qualified applications are recommended to faculty members for further assessment. They jointly short-list the candidates to be invited for the interview week in Dresden.

The interview week in Dresden

The final selection for our program takes place over the course of one week onsite at MPI-CBG. The Monday of the interview week is reserved for arrival, a brief welcome, and research group presentations. On Tuesday, the Admission Committees interview each candidate for 30 minutes. These interviews cover general knowledge questions according to the applicant’s scientific discipline and evaluate the candidates’ qualification for entering our program. Candidates who pass the Admission Committees are in principle eligible for admission, and will proceed to the next round.  Interviews continue with the group leaders on Wednesday and Thursday, combined with lab visits. Final interviews and lingering questions are addressed on Friday morning. Selection results will be communicated that afternoon. Full details of the interview week will be sent to invited candidates only.

Participation in the interview week is essential if you wish to be considered for admission to the IMPRS-CellDevoSys.

Admission offers

Admission offers to join the IMPRS-CellDevoSys are made by the end of the interview week. Admission is granted by the Dean based on feedback from the Admission Committee and group leader interviews. In general, offers are associated with a particular research group.

Start of PhD thesis work

Primary supervisors usually identify individual starting dates with the newly accepted PhD students. For the spring selection, the latest possible starting date is 1st October of the year of admission.


PhD Application Cycle

opens 1 Sep 2018

closes 6 Dec 2018

Interview Week

at MPI-CBG, Dresden

11-14 March 2019