Apply to do a doctorate in one of our structured doctoral programmes and become a member of the Research Academy Leipzig. If you are postdoc at Leipzig University and meet our requirements, you can apply to the Leipzig Researcher Development Programme. This programme gives you full access to our services and allows you to apply for financial support.

As a member of the Research Academy Leipzig, you can take advantage of our many offerings. Photo: Christian Hüller
As a member of the Research Academy Leipzig, you can take advantage of our many offerings. Photo: Christian Hüller

Benefits of Membership

We offer our members special offers, financial support and special funding. These include the following:

  • financial support for longer stays for research and networking via Leibniz MOBILITY
  • financial and logistical support for academic workshops or events you organise
  • preferred admission to workshops offered by the Competence School
  • childcare during our events and workshops (as needed)
  • reduced participation fee for the certification course “Sicherheit in der Gentechnik”
  • information in our newsletter on current events, calls for applications, funding opportunities and other topics relevant to early career researchers
  • travel allowances for active participation at conferences, meetings, workshops and schools in Germany and abroad (only for doctoral researchers)

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Become a Member during Your Doctoral Studies

As a doctoral researcher, to become a member of the Research Academy Leipzig you must first apply directly to the graduate programme to pursue a doctoral degree. If you are accepted, the Graduate Centre will send you the application form that must be submitted to become a member of the Research Academy Leipzig.

If you are doing your doctorate individually at Leipzig University and have a topic that aligns well with the focus of a structured programme, you can apply for an association with the respective doctoral programme.

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Become a Member during Your Postdoc

If you are a postdoc at Leipzig University and meet our requirements, you can apply to the Leipzig Researcher Development Programme. If accepted, you will automatically become a member of the Research Academy Leipzig. You must meet the following requirements:

  • You defended your doctorate a maximum of seven years ago (parental leave periods will be accounted for).
  • You are in the academic career development phase after your doctorate.
  • You have a temporary contract at Leipzig University or you have a scholarship and work in a faculty at our university.
  • You are primarily engaged in research.

As a postdoc, you can apply using this form. Please send this by postal mail or as a scan by email to Nicole Koburger.

As a postdoc, you can apply using this form. Please send this by postal mail or as a scan by email to Nicole Koburger.

Researchers in the postdoc phase are also invited to become members of the Research Academy Leipzig and take advantage of our many offerings. Photo: Christian Hüller
Researchers in the postdoc phase are also invited to become members of the Research Academy Leipzig and take advantage of our many offerings. Photo: Christian Hüller

Calls for Applications

Below are the current calls for applications for doctoral researchers in the doctoral programmes in our three Graduate Centres.

Graduate Centre Life Sciences

The International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Function, Structure, and Plasticity aims to recruit and educate excellent early career scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and research experience in a structured and demanding research programme in order to pursue a successful career in cognitive neuroscience.

The school is intended for students who possess a relevant master’s (or equivalent) degree in computer science, engineering, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, neurology, physics, psychiatry, psychology or a related field awarded by an internationally recognized university-level institution. Research experience is essential for successful candidates. The applications are evaluated by IMPRS faculty members, and interview selection is based on academic qualifications, personal references, recommendations, research experience and interests, and suitability to the programme.

The call for applications usually opens in October and closes in December/January. Applications will then be assessed and invitations for interviews will be sent out in February/March. The interviews take place in April/May. The starting date of the programme is flexible, but usually our new IMPRS doctoral researchers start in October.

 

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Applicants from all related fields, including comparative and molecular primatology, paleogenomics, paleoanthropology, human behavioural ecology, and early child development and culture, are encouraged to apply for doctoral positions offered by the research groups in the International Max Planck Research School “Leipzig School of Human Origins”. Spontaneous applications on additional related research topics are encouraged.

 

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In order to become a member at yDiv, the graduate school for young biodiversity researchers at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, there are two possibilities:

  • You can apply for a doctoral position at iDiv. These are advertised on the iDiv website
  • If you have already started your doctoral project in the field of biodiversity research, you can apply for admission to yDiv as an external doctoral researcher.

Please note that yDiv does not provide any funded positions. yDiv offers support for PhDs whose PIs are core professors or members of iDiv.

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Scholarships

Transregio 67 awards scholarships (up to 5 months) for doctoral topics related to its sub-projects. The scholarship is intended to enable doctoral researchers to carry out the experimental part of their dissertation project in a Transregio 67 sub-project.

  • Amount and duration of funding: Scholarships can be awarded for up to five months. The amount of the scholarship is €643/month.
  • Who can apply? Medical students who have successfully completed the first part of the state medical examination.
  • How do I apply? Please read more about Transregio 67’s individual sub-projects and then contact the leader of the sub-project you are interested in and send them your application documents.
  • Application deadlines: Ongoing applications are possible (no application deadline).

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Short-term scholarships

Transregio 67 awards scholarships (up to 5 months) for doctoral topics related to its sub-projects.

  • Amount and duration of funding: Scholarships can be awarded for up to five months. The amount of the scholarship is up to €1,000/month.
  • Who can apply? Doctoral researchers in natural sciences, materials science or biotechnology who hold a university degree (Diplom or MS)
  • How do I apply? If you are interested in doing a doctorate as part of Transregio 67, please contact the leader of the sub-project you are interested in and send them your application documents.
  • Application deadlines: Ongoing applications are possible (no application deadline).

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Graduate Centre Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences

The Graduate School Building with Molecules and Nano-objects (BuildMoNa) focuses on interdisciplinary graduate education through top-level research within the framework of the Research Academy Leipzig. We offer high-quality training in nanosciences, macromolecular chemistry and related fields.

The Graduate School BuildMoNa’s strategy for developing new materials is based on the synergetic combination and linking of the structural building blocks smart molecules, multifunctional scaffolds, and complex nanostructures – preferably by mechanisms of self-organisation – to create fundamentally new classes of materials that are inspired by active, adaptive living matter.

Highly motivated and well-qualified applicants who hold a BS, MS or equivalent degree (final degree should not be more than 1 year old and should be in the top one-third of the graduating class) are encouraged to submit their application documents. These should include the following:

  • letter of motivation (½–1 page)
  • description of research topic (max. 1 page) corresponding to one of the proposed research topics
  • CV
  • diploma (e.g. MS, BS or Diplom) and transcript of records (final degree should not be more than 1 year old and should be in the top one-third of the graduating class)
  • proof of English language skills

Please submit your application using the online form.

 

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The IMPRS offers positions to researchers (Doktorandenförderverträge) who will work on a doctoral thesis under the supervision of its research staff.

The appointment will be for three years and payment is based on the collective wage agreement for public service (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst, TVöD). It is a 50 per cent position in Pay Group 13.

The Max Planck Society is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in the areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Closing dates for applications for these positions are 1 May and 1 December each year. Applications should be submitted via the electronic form. Applicants have to indicate one or more possible doctoral supervisors on the research staff and submit the following documents:

  • CV
  • transcript of examination results
  • a copy of the master’s thesis (if applicable)
  • two letters of recommendation by academic teachers

Applicants are asked to check that the recommendation letters have been uploaded by their referees via the electronic form provided before the corresponding closing date. For students who did not write a master’s thesis, there are qualifying grants available as an entrance level to the research school. The selection committee’s decision will be communicated approximately six weeks after the closing dates.

 

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Graduate Centre Humanities and Social Sciences

Acceptance to the Graduate School is based on a formal written application and the collective decision of the GSGAS Board.

The selection process includes a review of the applicants’ qualifications and the availability of qualified supervisors at Leipzig University. Prerequisites for acceptance are above average grades in a master’s degree as well as a thematically appropriate doctoral thesis proposal.

As the Graduate School is internationally oriented, applications from abroad are welcomed and encouraged. Leipzig University strives to increase female participation, and the Graduate School therefore particularly encourages women to apply.

Applications are to be submitted in English or German and should include the following:

  • a formal application
  • proof of the highest academic degree earned
  • an exposé or thesis proposal of up to 3,500 words containing a clear statement of your research question, an overview on the state of the art that justifies a thesis in this particular field (including bibliography), a description of the sources/materials and methods to be used, and a detailed working plan
  • CV
  • two letters of reference from academics who are recognized in the field you are planning to work in

 

Application deadlines:

  • For the summer semester (i.e. April to September), applications have to be submitted before 1 January.
  • For the winter semester (i.e. October to March), applications have to be submitted before 1 July.

 

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