The International Max Planck Research School for Demography (IMPRSD) is Europe's largest collaborative international program of research training in population studies. The School is not a degree-awarding body, but a network of leading researchers who work together to provide a more complete set of high-level courses and associated research supervision than any one institution can provide alone. IMPRSD provides a unique opportunity for research training, combining coursework and research. The members of the School's Consortium are international experts carrying out research at the leading edge of demography. Some are based in universities, others in research centres. Under the aegis of the School the members of the Consortium provide doctoral-level instruction and research supervision to students. By this means students are able to move between institutions associated with the School, and to come from outside, in order to receive the very best training available. Founded in 2000, the School receives core support from the Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). It does not charge fees, and makes available a number of partial and full scholarships to enable students to attend courses. The largest number of courses is offered at the MPIDR in Rostock, others are given by Consortium members at various locations around Europe.
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