PhD Scholarships in Solar System Science in Germany

Deadline: 15 November 2014
Open to: international students with master degree in physics or a related field
Scholarship: covers tuition fees, relocation support, housing and living expenses


The International Max-Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Solar System Science offers a first choice possibility for graduate students to obtain their PhD degree in a major scientific discipline with exciting career opportunities. The program covers the full range of physics inherent in the rapidly growing field of solar system science from geophysics and planetary physics to solar physics as well as the underlying fundamental physics. The science program is complemented by training in computational physics, space technology and project management. Research at the MPS covers three main research areas:

  • Sun and Heliosphere;
  • Solar and Stellar Interiors;
  • Planets and Comets.


The PhD program is open to international students who have:

  • M.Sc. degree or equivalent in physics or a related field;
  • Interest in in Solar system science and a record of academic excellence;
  • English proficiency.


It is a 3 years long PhD program with an exceptional research environment with state-of-the-art facilities on the Göttingen Research Campus at the University of Göttingen. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship which covers relocation support, housing and living expenses and are exempt from tuition fees.


You can submit your application via the online application system. First you need to create an account and thne you can proceed with your application and provide the following documents:

  • An application form to be filled online, including two short texts describing the applicant’s scientific interests and their motivation to apply for PhD projects in the Solar System School, along with the applicant’s choice of up to three PhD projects;
  • CV in .pdf format;
  • Degree certificates and full transcripts of all academic records: i.e. scanned copies of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree certificates (or equivalent), and lists of all courses with credits and grades issued by the respective school or university, with English or German translations;
  • Contact details for two or more referees who have agreed to write a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. The referees will be contacted by the School and will be asked to submit their letters through the online portal.
  • Certificate to prove proficiency in the English language, for candidates whose native language is not English or German (e.g. transcript of TOEFL / IELTS scores or equivalent);
  • GRE Physics test scores or equivalent for candidates who have obtained their Master’s degree at a university outside of Europe.

For more information please check the official webpage

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