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The IMPRS for Astronomy & Astrophysics

The school offers a broad spectrum of topics in observational and theoretical, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, observational and theoretical cosmology, fundamental physics with astronomical tools and instrumentation. In addition to the main expertise in radio and (sub-) mm astronomy of the MPIfR,  there are PhD topics in a broad range of contemporary astrophysics, techniques, methods and energy bands.

The partner institutions within the IMPRS are the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn, the Argelander Institute for Astronomy (AIfA) of the University of Bonn and the 1st Physics Institute of the University of Cologne. [more]

IMPRS Speaker

Prof. Dr. Anton Zensus


Prof. Dr. J. Anton Zensus
Director and Head of Radioastronomy/ VLBI dept
Phone: +49 228 525-298 (secretary)
Email: azensus@…

IMPRS Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Anton Zensus


Priv.-Doz. Dr. Rainer Mauersberger
Phone: +49 228 525-292
Email: rmauersberger@…

IMPRS Team


Dr. Simone Pott
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: +49 228 525218
Email: imprs@…

Program Details:

• 3 year appointments
• Competitive salaries, no tuition fees
• A network of 60 PhD students from 26 countries
• Mentorship from world class faculty at MPIfR, the U of Bonn and the U of Cologne
• A competitive PhD program with a structured curriculum
• Thesis committees monitoring the progress of each student
• Access to world leading observing facilitities at a large range of wavelengths
• Funding for travel and research.

Countries of origin of our IMPRS students.
Gender balace of IMPRS doctoral candidates: 49 females vs. 51 % males.