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Questions & answers about the IMPRS-gBGC

In general, what is an International Max Planck Research School?

There are many International Max Planck Research Schools, all in a specific research area, and all of them operate independently from each other. Click here to learn more about working with the Max Planck Society.

Are there any fees?

Costs for the IMPRS are completely covered by the German government. The enrolment at Friedrich Schiller University Jena is optional and further information is provided here.
Costs for consumables and equipment are covered by the host lab.

How does the funding for doctoral researchers look like?

Doctoral researchers with a Master's or Diploma degree receive either a scholarship which is free of tax and social insurance or a support contract. The monthly scholarship allowance is 1,365 EUR (plus a monthly book allowance of 103 EUR). The remuneration of the support contract is along the lines of the Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD E13) (up to level 2) with minimum 65%. The funding is offered for 3 years.

How high are living costs in Jena?

Living costs in Jena are about 800 EUR per month for a single person, depending on the rent paid for accommodation.

What about health insurance?

Health insurance is mandatory for all researchers and family members accompanying them. There are two kinds of health insurance in Germany: statutory and private health insurance. Which one you can choose depends on whether you will be working in Germany on the basis of a scholarship or a contract. The IMPRS will help each member to obtain appropriate coverage.

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