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Admissions for graduate study in Perceiving Systems is done through our graduate schools — The "International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS)“ and the "Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems" offer a very interesting doctoral program. Please check the schools, requirements, and deadlines on the respective websites and apply there directly as described on the respective pages:

There you will find all the information about how to apply on-line.

When applying make sure to mention your interest in the department or in specific members of the department. This way your application will be seen by the right people.

If you have specific questions about the department related to graduate study, please address them to ps-apply@tuebingen.mpg.de.

Tips for applying:

Things we look for (not all required):

  • have research experience
  • have a Master's degree
  • have great grades
  • have letters from people who can talk about your research abilities
  • have letters from people who do research at an international level
  • have letter writers who are passionate about you
  • be passionate yourself
  • write well and present your CV and research statement well
  • have done something you think is important
  • want to do something important
  • know why you want a PhD
  • know why you want to do it with us
  • have failed or succeeded at something hard (it doesn't matter which)

Ways to be rejected:

  • you do not know anything about our department
  • you have not read any of our recent papers
  • your research statement is unrelated to our research
  • submit shoddy materials with grammar and spelling errors
  • fail to read this page


ps Melanie Feldhofer
Melanie Feldhofer
Department Manager