International Max Planck Research School for Demography

Applying to the International Max Planck Research School for Demography

The International Max Planck Research School for Demography (IMPRSD)
was operated from 2000-2012 until it was replaced by the
International Advanced Studies in Demography (IDEM) program.
For general information about IDEM, click here.

Application deadline for the Winter Semester 2012/2013 is 5 October 2012


The School offers research training for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars. To gain full benefit from the School students need a strong background either in demography or in a closely related discipline. Moreover, students should also be working on a clearly articulated research project in order to get the most from the research supervision available within the School. When selecting students for the School, preference will be given to those whose research fits closely with the research interests of the institution in which the training is to take place. In addition to the interchange of students between members of the Consortium, the School welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates wherever they are based. Funding is available to support student participation in some School activities. This can take the form of either partial or full support, depending on the level of support a student is already receiving. The financial resources available within the School are limited, and students are encouraged to seek support from their home institutions and other sources.

Application for the IMPRSD Winter Program 2012/13

The International Max Planck Research School for Demography (IMPRSD) invites applications for the upcoming IMPRSD winter program 2012/13 at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany. The winter program includes advanced courses on Measures and Models of Demography, Frailty Models, Applied Methods of Public Health and Mortality Research using R, and Research Tools and Presentation Skills. Courses are scheduled from mid-November 2012 to mid-February 2013. Candidates may apply for one, several or all courses. Please see for more information about the courses.

It is essential that an applicant already has a well-defined research topic to pursue whilst in Rostock. Normally this will be the student's PhD thesis topic. It is also essential that this topic falls within the scope of the research carried out at MPIDR in order to ensure proper supervision. The list of relevant research topics is given at

Financial Support

There is no tuition fee for the winter semester 2012/2013 courses. Students are expected to pay their own transportation and living costs. However, a limited number of scholarships are available on a competitive basis for outstanding candidates and for those applicants who might otherwise not be able to come.

What you need to send

All applications must be made by email. Begin your email message with a statement of which IMPRSD course(s) you wish to apply for.

You also need to include the following, either in the text of the email or as attached documents.

Please indicate (1) whether you would like to be considered for financial support and (2) if you would be able to come without financial aid from our side.

Students seeking admission to IMPRSD should have an adequate command of English. All applicants who are neither native English speaker nor have earned a degree at a University in which the language of instruction was English are urgently requested to submit certification of their English proficiency. We accept TOEFL ( or CAE test scores. The minimum TOEFL score required is 600 on the paper-based or 250 on the computer-based test. If you cannot provide certification of your English proficiency you should include a few sentences in your email explaining why you think your English is good enough.

Send your email to:

Application deadline is 5 October 2012.

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 12 October 2012.

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