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PhD program at the International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (Germany)

The International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM), located in Hamburg, Germany, offers fellowships to outstanding students interested in interdisciplinary climate research. Our doctoral candidates contribute to the understanding of the Earth system through the application, evaluation and development of a spectrum of Earth system models at different levels of complexity and at various spatial and temporal scales. Emphasizing the physical system, the School encompasses the broader field of Earth sciences, including economics and social sciences. The IMPRS-ESM strives to attract a diversity of talented men and women from all nationalities to research in the Earth system sciences.

To apply, please register online through our website ( and subsequently submit all requested application documents via e-mail. Online registration closes September 8, 2014. Application deadline is September 15, 2014. The selection procedure includes an interview (November 2014). Doctoral candidates receive financial support of about 1,450 Euros/month for a period of three years. There are no tuition fees but a semester fee is charged by the university. Funding will be available starting March 2015.

Funding will be available starting March 2015, for  a duration of 36 Months. English is the working language of the program.

The PhD program is open to applicants holding a Master´s degree (with written thesis) or a German ´Diplom´ in physics, geophysical sciences (incl. meteorology and oceanography), chemistry, ecology, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or economics.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript
  • Letter of motivation
  • application form
  • potential supervision form
  • abstract MSc thesis


Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie
20146 Hamburg
International Max Planck Research School on Earth System Modelling (IMPRS-ESM)

Frau Dr. Antje Weitz

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