Application - Max Planck School of Photonics
Our application phase for admission in autumn 2020 starts in the next days.
The deadline is December 15. Please apply via our online portal and select the Max Planck School of Photonics after creating your account.
We offer a live presentation of the MPSP programm and a Q&A session via chat on November 21st 2-4 pm CEST. The link will be published soon.
Who is eligible to apply to the MPSP program?
Students holding or expecting one of the following degrees are eligible to apply to the Max Planck School of Photonics: Bachelor/Master of Science (B.Sc./M.Sc.), Bachelor/Master of Engineering (B. Eng./M.Eng.) or Bachelor/Master of Technology (B. Tech./M.Tech) with significant exposure to physics, engineering or a related subject.
The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women and disabled people in this field and therefore encourages women to apply for this unique program.
Please read the application requirements and details on the application procedure carefully, as incomplete or incorrectly submitted applications will not be considered. Please also refer to our FAQs if further questions arise.
How does the application procedure work?
The application and selection procedure for the MPSP program comprises three stages: an online application, an online test, and an interview (skype/telephone).
Stage 1 of the application takes place during a specified period which will be announced on this site. During this time, applicants are required to fill out a registration form and submit their application documents via an online portal, access to which will be provided here. For details on the documents required, see below.
Applications can be made either for study phase or the research phase. All documents must be provided in English or German. In case the original document is issued in a language other than English or German, applicants should upload both a copy of the original and a certified English translation.
Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be taken into account. Unsolicited applications via email or post will not be considered. Once you have submitted your application including all uploads, no further changes can be made.
An automatic confirmation is received via E-mail upon completion of the online application. Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application. Shortlist applicants will be contacted personally and given further information regarding the online test and skype interview. The final decision is expected to be announced by the beginning of April the following year.
Which documents are required for the online application (stage 1)?
Unless specified otherwise, all candidates applying for both the study phase and the research phase must provide the following documents:
- candidates applying for the study phase must provide a copy of their Bachelor's certificate. Candidates applying for the research phase must provide a copy of their Master's certificate. If you have not yet finished your degree, you may apply with a preliminary Transcript of Records (ToR) including the marks of all completed courses so far. A brief description of the courses would be helpful.
- candidates applying for the study phase must provide a school leaving certificate with marks.
- a comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV). Please list all stages of your education chronologically, as well as a clear statement as to your current status and/or occupation including information on (un-)employment or parental leave. Any prizes, scholarships or extraordinary social, cultural or sportive activities may also be listed.
- a typewritten letter of motivation. The letter should not exceed one page and should describe your personal background, your interests and reasons for applying to the MPSP program. Candidates applying for the study phase should include their preference of study university (for further details click here), whereas candidates applying for the research phase should include their choice of research topics (for further details click here).
- two letters of recommendation from two different referees, preferably professors. A template is available on the left-hand side of the website, but is not mandatory. The letters must contain the date and be written on the official letterhead or stamped by the institute of higher education with which the referee is affiliated. Both letters must be signed.
- a copy of your passport or ID card
- proof of English proficiency. Please provide one of the following certificates, unless an exemption from the language requirement applies (see below):
- TOEFL, or an equivalent English test (minimum points/grades): TOEFL PBT (550), TOEFL CBT (215), TOEFL IBT (85), IELTS (6.5)
- Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) exam or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) exam
- German "Abitur" with comprehensive coverage of the English language
- Language exemptions: nationals from the USA, U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada, as well as B.Sc. or M.Sc. graduates who obtained their qualification in one of these countries
- a Graduate Record Examination (GRE): general test, physics or math subject test is highly recommended, but not mandatory.