The IPP summer call 2022 is now closed.

Important dates

  • The next call will open approximately at the beginning of September 2022

Apply to the IPP

Are you thinking about applying to the IPP? Then you should know that the IPP exclusively recruits PhD students via IPP calls twice a year - once in summer and once in winter.

Have a look at the Projects Offered and apply via the online platform on Registration & Application.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Mainz!

Our recruitment procedure

We want to attract the brightest, most creative and ambitious students in the field of life sciences from all over the world and we receive around 500 applications each call. If we have an ongoing call (check in Registration & Application), these are the steps you need to take in order to be admitted to the IPP as an IPP student:



Provide us with your contact details and name at least 2 referees, who should be senior scientists and know you well.
Your nominated referees will receive a personalised link to the standard reference form and upload page. You will be notified by email when a reference letter is submitted.  

Please note: We will not be able to consider applications until at least 2 reference letters are received. Therefore, please ensure that you contact your referees in advance to inform them of your intention to apply to the IPP and make sure that they are able to provide a reference in time.

Application Form

Once you have registered, you will receive a link to the online application form. Please provide the requested information and documents here. The application form must be completed in English.  


After a thorough evaluation of all applications, we invite the best candidates for our interview days. Interview days happen twice a year, usually in January and either July, August or September.

The interview days give you a chance to get to know the IPP, the IPP student community, Mainz and your prospective new working group. You will be expected to give a short presentation and you will have interviews with several of our IPP group leaders who will evaluate your performance.

We end our interview days with a farewell party which is joined by many IPP students.