Emergency Info

HD University has organized for financial help for PhD students if Corona-related. Further information can be found here.

State-wide measures to contain the corona pandemic as pdf.

The following measures apply to Baden Wuerttemberg from 2 to 30 November 2020. This summary is an abstract and includes the most important regulations for everyday life.

IMPRS info page concerning COVID-19

Emergency information for international PhD students, provided by HD University.

Whom to contact in case of Harassment, Bullying or Discrimination?

Health dictionary, provided by the Deutsches Studentenwerk.

IMPRS news

Every year the Max Planck PhDnet conducts a survey to highlight the general needs, wishes, and requests of doctoral researchers. In 2019 they focused on:

Working conditions, Scientific Environment & Support Structures, Power Abuse & Mental Health

On the PhDnet website, you can find the published survey reports.

Here is the new seminar program of the HD University Graduate Academy (for WS 2020/21).

Former IMPRS student Christina Eilers (now Hubble Fellow, MIT) has received (March 2020) an Otto Hahn Medal from the MPG, honouring her outstanding scientific achievements.

The new program for the summer semester is online! For detailed information on all courses and the opportunity to register, please visit the website of the Heidelberg University.

Summer School topic 2020 announced: Planet formation in protoplanetary disks

IMPRS Heidelberg has received about 250 applications by the deadline Nov. 11, 2019.

Former IMPRS student Paola Pinilla receives Sofja Kovalevskaja Award and comes back to MPIA

Graduate Academy Seminar Program: The seminar programme of the Graduate Academy supports doctoral candidates in developing their skills. More information can be found here.

Former IMPRS student Eduardo Banados receives the Otto-Hahn medal (Sept.16, 2016).

IMPRS-HD extension granted for 2017-2022: After a successful evaluation of IMPRS-HD in June 2015, a further extension was granted by the Max Planck President

25-yrs of Hubble celebration with Peter Zeidler

Hubble celebration image published in collaboration with IMPRS student Peter Zeidler


Welcome to the webpages of the

International Max Planck Research School for
   Astronomy and Cosmic Physics

      at the University of Heidelberg (IMPRS-HD).

    IMPRS-HD has been established 2004 and started its academic activities 2005.

    Six Heidelberg astronomy-related institutes take part in IMPRS - the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (MPIK), the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI), the Landessternwarte (LSW), the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA), and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

    IMPRS-HD aims to offer outstanding research and training opportunities with excellent instrumental, observational, and theoretical research facilities. Research at IMPRS-HD covers a wide range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics.

    IMPRS-HD is open for students from all countries and offers fellowships available per year for both international and national students. We invite highly-qualified students who aim for a doctoral degree in the area of astronomy or astrophysics to apply.

    Since autumn 2007 IMPRS-HD is an independent part of the HGSFP (now Heidelberg Graduate School for Physics). A poll published 2010 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) concluded that Heidelberg is Germany's most popular university for international doctoral students.

    Dead line for next term (fall 2021) applications was    November 10, 2020.

    The application system is closed.

    Interviews will be held during Feb 8-12, 2021.

    Our next call for applications (for term fall 2022) will be summer 2021 with the deadline in Nov. 2021

    Interested? -> Check our application webpage

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