The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences has created a scholarship programme to enable talented international students to undertake a PhD programme at IMPRS.  Each PhD position is funded for four years with a preferred start date of September 1, 2018. 

The Fellowships are intended to encourage interdisciplinary language research that takes advantage of the high concentration of top-rated expertise and facilities available in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

This fellowship aims to attract outstanding students who wish to earn a PhD degree in any area of the language sciences.

The IMPRS is the leading research school in the world devoted to studying the foundations of human language. It is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at the Radboud University: the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, and the Centre for Language Studies. The research school offers unrivalled training, top facilities ranging from genetics labs, advanced brain imaging techniques to a virtual reality lab, and an outstanding interdisciplinary environment.

Level/Field of Study

Fellowships are available to pursue PhD programme in any area of the language sciences.

Host Institution/Country

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Value/Duration of Award

PhD students receive a monthly gross salary starting at approx. €2,300 to cover living costs in Nijmegen. Salaries are in accordance with the German wage agreement for public servants (Tarifvertrag für den Öffentlichen Dienst, TVöD) set under a 50% contract at salary group level E13-1 plus a Gewinnungszulage (allowance) of approx. €400 per month.

Three fellowships are available.

Target Group

International students are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

The working language of the research school is English. Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2018) in a relevant field. If you have a background in (psycho) linguistics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, molecular biology or genetics, computer science, or artificial intelligence, you could contribute to fundamental science in this area.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a Master’s degree (or expect to complete the degree before September 2018) in a relevant field.

English Language Requirements: The working language of the research school is English.

How to Apply

The online application system can be accessed until January 2, 2018 (midnight CET).

Application Form


Application Deadline: The application deadline is January 2, 2018 (midnight CET).

Scholarship Link