Admission procedure

General issues

Admission to the IMPRS-HLR is competitive and solely carried out through a central selection procedure.


Please note, that applications can only be accepted via our application data base within the scheduled deadlines. Late or incomplete applications will not be further considered. For admission to the IMPRS-HLR, participation in the face-to-face assessment center in Bad Nauheim is indispensable.



All applications received on time will be subjected to a multi-step evaluation procedure.

Evaluation of applications

The initial evaluation will consider the completeness of the application, the quality and degree of adaptation of the motivational letter, the performance during the university degree, English language ability as well as experience in the lab.


Applications that meet the primary requirements are forwarded for further assessment by faculty members. The focus will be on the suitability of subjects studied and achievements in the scientific field. Candidates will be short-listed for invitation to the face-to-face assessment center in Bad Nauheim.


During the face-to-face assessment center, candidates will have several interviews with faculty members. Besides the evaluation of competence and fit, research interests and experience are matched to the IMPRS-LHR research groups. Candidates will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation (plus time for questions) of former scientific work.

Admission offers

Offers are made one to two weeks after the assessment center. Offers in general include affiliation to a particular research group.

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