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Contact

The Leipzig School of Human Origins

c/o Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig
Germany

phone: ++49 (0) 341 3550 122
fax: ++49 (0) 341 3550 119
e-mail: leipzig-school@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Background

The International Max Planck Research School Initiative in Germany

In 1999, the Max Planck Society together with the association of universities and other education institutions in Germany launched an initiative to promote the training of junior scientists called the “International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS)”. These schools are conceived as centers of excellence in research training and offer especially talented pre-doctoral students from Germany and abroad the possibility to work towards their doctoral degree in a structured program providing excellent research conditions.

International Max Planck Research Schools are co-operations between Max Planck Institutes and universities and their particular focus is on linking the participating institutions and on international cooperation and networking.

In their decision to establish Research Schools, the Max Planck Society had three explicit goals: (i) to attract high potential students of all nationalities to Germany to conduct their doctoral studies in a first class research environment, (ii) to foster peer networks for future cooperative activities with German research institutes and universities and (iii) to strengthen interactions and communication between Max Planck Institutes and universities.

The research schools aim to provide structured PhD training programs and to foster close cooperation between the doctoral candidates and their advisors. A second layer of collective supervision by a thesis advisory committee is a central common element of all International Max Planck Research Schools. Substantial international student participation is an essential conceptual element and research schools typically aim to involve about 50% non-German nationals as fellows.

To date, more than 60 International Max Planck Research Schools have been established, involving many Max Planck Institutes, universities and other faculties. International Max Planck Research Schools are evaluated on a regular basis by an independent scientific commission to ensure continuous high levels of quality in graduate education.

More information: http://www.mpg.de/en/imprs
Videoclip: http://www.mpg.de/937957/International_Max_Planck_Research_Schools