Financial Matters


What costs will I have to bear?

The program itself does not cost anything. However, you will have to pay for your travel to Frankfurt or Mainz, your housing and all other cost of living. If you enroll as a student at the university, you will have to pay the semester fee of approx. 400 €. This fee also includes free usage of public transport and discounts for the university canteen as well as for many cultural, sports and leisure facilities. International students should also consider the costs for the Visa. Our program includes fully funded Ph.D. positions for all students admitted. The salary usually covers the regular monthly living expenses.

Is admission to the program associated with a scholarship?

Instead of a scholarship, all Ph.D. students admitted to our program will receive working contracts to pay their cost of living. In addition, International Max Planck Research Schools are internationally renowned and stand for first-class doctoral training of outstanding students. Like a scholarship, admission to an IMPRS is a criterion of scientific excellence.

What is the salary?

All IMPRS-CBP Ph.D. students receive a working contract according to EG 13 TvÖD (65%). This contract results in a monthly net income of approx. 1600-1700 €. Taxes, social insurance (e.g. pension and unemployment insurance), and health insurance that are obligatory in Germany are automatically deducted from your salary before it is transferred to your bank account.


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