Items to provide

This is what you need for your application:


All applicants are requested to provide the following information. All files have to be summarized in ONE pdf-file:


1. Completed application process through our application data base

a) Registration

b) Application

c) Recommendations


The following information and certificates are required:


2. Secondary school leaving certificate

Your secondary school leaving certificate (equivalent to 'high school' or German 'Abitur').


3. Academic records

Submit your official transcripts of academic records from every post-secondary institution attended at least one year as a full-time student. Academic records should give information on the type and content of courses taken (Diploma Supplement) and the grades you received. Your rank in class should be noted whenever possible. If the institution does not issue records in German or English, original language records must be submitted with translations. At this stage of the application process you can submit non-certified documents.


4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

including birth date, nationality and gender.


5. Proof of English language ability

If your native language is not English, proof of an adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission.


Proof can be provided either by:

a) a TOEFL certificate (
(Score requirements: Paper based: 570+ ; Computer based: 230+ ; Internet based: 90+)


b) an IELTS certificate (
(Score requirements: band 6.5+)


c) a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)


d) Applicants who took part in an undergraduate program in English or German are asked to provide a suitable certificate from their faculty.


6. Statement of Purpose

Please provide a statement of purpose describing

  • why you wish to become a member of the IMPRS-HLR,
  • your preparation for this field of study, and
  • your future career plans.

Please describe the area of natural science you find most interesting, your previous research experience, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admission committee in evaluating your attitude and motivation for the program.



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