IMPRS PhD Fellowships

IMPRS for Language Sciences offers PhD fellowships to conduct interdisciplinary research projects in the language sciences. Here you can know about the features, research subjects, eligibility, documents required for application for the IMPRS PhD fellowships.

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IMPRS for Language Sciences phd fellowships

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About the Fellowships

The IMPRS for Language Sciences offers PhD fellowships that are funded by the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. The goal of the scheme is to enable young researchers to pursue interdisciplinary research projects in the language sciences, supervised by leading scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and its partner institutes at Radboud University: the Centre for Language Studies and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

  • artificial intelligence
  • (medical) biology
  • (cognitive) neuroscience
  • cognitive & behavioural science
  • computer science & engineering
  • genetics
  • linguistics
  • neurobiology
  • philosophy
  • physics & mathematics
  • psychology

Features of the Fellowships

  • Full-time position (39 hours per week) for 4 years; part-time option negotiable.
  • For full-time employment: annual gross salary of approx. €35,275 in the first year, €38,127 in the subsequent years; an annual 8% holiday allowance and 30 vacation days per year as well as Dutch and German public holidays.
  • Option to participate in a personal pension scheme to which both employer and employee pay a monthly contribution.

You will have access to state-of-the art research and training facilities and a generous conference and travel budget. Your educational training programme will be provided by the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, and will involve both core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research, and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation. Radboud University, our partner university, will issue the doctoral degree through the faculty at which the professor that heads the supervisory committee is appointed. 

Eligibility for the Fellowships

  • A high-quality (Research) Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field of the intended project.
  • A demonstrable interest in conducting interdisciplinary research on language.
  • Experience in carrying out empirical research (e.g., experimental design, recruitment, participant testing, quantitative data analysis, report writing).
  • Expertise using statistical packages and/or programming languages to analyse data and/or model behaviour.
  • A demonstrable ability to present research ideas clearly to people from a range of disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. The language of the Institute is English, so knowledge of Dutch is not required.
  • Some experience giving research talks or poster presentations and preparing manuscripts for publication would be an advantage.
  • Some experience and/or a serious interest in interdisciplinary research on language is an advantage.

Documents Required for Application

Your application must contain:

  1. curriculum vitae.
  2. A letter of motivation
  3. Copies of diplomas and transcripts, and other relevant supporting documents.

curriculum vitae, which lists activities in reverse chronological order and includes the contact information of up to three (academic) referees that have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Please list all levels of your education in chronological order. The CV must contain a clear statement about your current status concerning occupation including information on current employment, unemployment, or parental leave. Include publications, prizes, scholarships, social, cultural or sportive activities. Your CV should be a maximum of two pages in length.

letter of motivation, which must (a) provide sufficiently detailed information about experience, skills, and knowledge that make you a suitable candidate to conduct interdisciplinary research within the theme of interest. Please make sure to explain also (b) why you are considering the IMPRS for Language Sciences graduate programme, (c) which specific research question you would like to address and why you find this question important to pursue. The maximal length of the letter is 750 words and must include the theme number and label at top.

supporting documents, such as academic degrees, diplomas and transcripts, which may be submitted as copies that are not certified true or notarised. HOWEVER, certified true or notarised copies (including translated ones) must be promptly provided upon request when the applicant is invited for an interview. Ultimately, these versions will be required in order for an official offer of employment to be made and to be issued a contract of employment at the MPI for Psycholinguistics.

Solid knowledge of the English language (B2 level) is necessary. However, we do not require proof of English language proficiency by means of a language test; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is not required, but applicants who have taken such a test in 2018 or later are welcome to include their results in the application.

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