International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science 2018, Germany


April 15, 2018

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Fully Funded Graduate Program

The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) 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. 
The MPI-INF and the MPI-SWS are among the more than 80 institutes run by the Max Planck Society. The MPIs are Germany's prime basic research facilities with world-class, basic research in the fields of medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, technology, and the humanities. Since 1948, MPI researchers have been awarded 18 Nobel prizes, which testifies to the quality and innovation of MPI research programs.

Educating and training junior scientists is of primary importance for the future of science, research, and innovation. The Max Planck Society, in cooperation with German Universities has launched the International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) initiative. 
Admitted students receive a first-rate, research-oriented education in their chosen area of concentration. They enjoy close supervision by a world-renowned scientist in a competitive, yet collaborative, environment rich in interaction with other students, post-docs, and scientists. The program is fully funded.

IMPRS-CS holds a funding agreement with Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC), which contributes 15 PhD support contracts in areas of research related to MSRC. Recipients of these support contracts have the opportunity for internships at MSRC and other collaboration with a world-leading industrial research lab. 

The IMPRS for Computer Science in Saarbrücken

The Max Planck Institutes, in cooperation with leading universities, are setting up International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) to strengthen their efforts in attracting and training junior scientists. These research schools are centers of scientific and educational excellence and are an integrated part of the Max Planck Institutes and their partner universities. They offer especially gifted students from Germany and abroad the opportunity to earn a doctorate within a structured program that provides excellent conditions for education and research.

The IMPRS for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) is highly research-oriented. Here you have the unique opportunity to learn from, and work closely with, world-renowned researchers in their respective fields of specialization.

Program Overview

The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) offers a fully funded graduate program in cooperation with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science at Saarland University.

IMPRS-CS PhD Program

The program leads to a doctoral degree (PhD) and is open to students who already hold a research-oriented Master's degree in Computer Science (or an equivalent degree).
Admitted students will receive a support contract that covers all living expenses and tuition fees. These support contract recipients are automatically members of the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science.
Applications should be submitted to the IMPRS-CS; members of the Graduate School are also involved in the admissions process.

The IMPRS-CS graduate program is organized in collaboration with the MPI for Informatics, the MPI for Software Systems, and the Department of Computer Science at Saarland University, all three of which rank among the very best scientific research institutions in Computer Science in Europe.

Additional Study Options:

  • PhD Qualification Program

Students who have a four-year Bachelor's degree in computer science with excellent academic performance and a strong research background or research interest can apply with the Saarbrücken Graduate School of Computer Science to enter the qualification phase of the PhD program

  • Master's Programs

Students who have a very good Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and first want to pursue a Master's degree in Computer Science or Visual Computing can apply with the respective Master's program at Saarland University. A small number of admitted students who show excellent performance and promise are selected for IMPRS-CS scholarships and become members of the IMPRS-CS.
Interested students should apply directly for admission to the Master’s program in Computer Science, the Master’s program in Visual Computing and the Master’s program in Mathematics and Computer Science.

IMPRS-CS Students

The International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science (IMPRS-CS) has around 120 PhD and approximately 25 Master's students. It graduates an average of fifteen M.Sc. and twenty PhD students each year. Half of the M.Sc. graduates continue their studies in the PhD program.

IMPRS-CS students come from diverse backgrounds, with the largest contingent of students coming from India, China, and Poland. More than 60 percent of the students come from abroad.
Graduates of the IMPRS-CS typically go on to academic or industrial research positions at leading universities and research laboratories world-wide.

When you start your studies here in Saarbrücken, the goal is to make sure you can work effectively as well as enjoy your stay.

PhD Application

The application must be supported by:

  • a Bachelor's and Master's certificate (if available)
  • school leaving certificate
  • academic transcripts from Bachelor and Master study
  • a resume
  • three names and email addresses of professors or similar willing to give reference for the candidate (Please note that only official, as opposed to private, e-mail addresses will be accepted)
  • a personal statement explaining the candidate's motivation and reasons for pursuing a PhD in computer science at the International Max Planck Research School for Computer Science, whereby the candidate may state his/her preferred supervisor or research group
  • submission of TOEFL scores , TSE scores or the Cambridge Certificate is strongly encouraged but not compulsory
  • submission of GRE general and GRE Computer Science subject test scores is strongly encouraged but not compulsory
  • an abstract of your Master's thesis (If you haven't submitted your thesis yet, please inform us when you will submit it to your supervisors and tell us their e-mail addresses.)

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March 24, 2018
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