Information for Graduate Students

The Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence welcomes students of life sciences and medicine who would like to conduct their research for their bachelor, masters or doctoral degree at the institute. Applicants for a graduate position are strongly encouraged to apply with our Graduate School IMPRS-BI or one of the associated programs (see below).

Max Planck Institutes can not award degrees. Our students are therefore also enrolled at one of our local partner universities, the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) and the Technical University Munich (TUM)

Our International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS-BI)

The faculty of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence is part of the corresponding International Max Planck Research School Biological Intelligence (IMPRS-BI). Young scientists accepted into the programs will have an opportunity to participate in, and contribute to the groundbreaking research carried out by the institute, while pursuing their doctoral degrees.

Research in biological intelligence explores how animals acquire, store, apply and transfer knowledge about their environment. The new approach integrates neuroscience, behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology and bridges all scales of biological organization, from molecules to organisms and from organisms to societies and ecosystems. The research of IMPRS-BI students will be shedding light on the evolution, development and diversity of animal behavior and will, among many other questions, unravel what distinguishes natural from artificial intelligence. 

Associated Graduate Schools

Our department and research group leaders are also part of, and recruiting doctoral students through, the following graduate programs:

  • IMPRS for Molecules of Life (IMPRS-ML), at our neighboring Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, sharing many trainings and events with our IMPRS-BI students. 
  • IMPRS for Translational Psychiatry (IMPRS-TP), at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry
  • Graduate School for Systemic Neuroscience (GSN-LMU) at the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.


For more information, visit the website of our IMPRS

How to apply for a PhD position in the Max Planck Society

For more information, visit the website of our IMPRS
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