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International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology

The IMPRS for Organismal Biology is in its final phase and is coming to an end in 2023. We will not announce new doctoral projects through our program this year!

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology is a close cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (now Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, in foundation), the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz. Its aim is to provide first-class training and education for outstanding doctoral students from all over the world in a stimulating research environment. This competitive doctoral program provides its fellows with an excellent starting platform for a successful career in the fields of animal behaviour, ecology, evolution, physiology, and neurobiology.

Our faculty is comprised of more than 40 leading researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the Department of Biology at the University of Konstanz; our doctoral fellows come from 37 different countries.

In addition to their own research, the IMPRS fellows attend laboratory courses and workshops in relevant transferable skills like scientific writing and project management. Talks by invited speakers during our annual IMPRS symposium, student retreats, and conference participations complete the individually tailored curriculum. Program details can be found here.

In general, the doctoral study should be completed within three years. The official teaching language is English. German language classes are offered to students from abroad.

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