Applying to the Maryland Max Planck Ph.D. Program
Thank you for your interest in the Maryland Max Planck Ph.D. Program! In addition to the standard application materials to the UMD Ph.D. program, we ask for additional information to help us understand what makes you and the program a great fit for one another. Specifically, we ask you to do the following:
- Provide an additional Statement of Purpose that is specific to your participation in the program.
- Identify research areas you’d like to potentially work in and people you’d like to work with at both UMD and the participating Max Planck Institutes.
- Follow our submission instructions to help ensure a smooth application process.
Thank you again, and we look forward to your application.
Statement of Purpose
In at most one page (no smaller than 10pt font, single-spaced), please tell us:
- Why do you think a joint international program will be a better fit for you than a “normal” Ph.D. program?
- Why are you applying to the Maryland Max Planck Ph.D. Program in particular?
- What do you expect to get out of the program (academically, professionally and personally)?
- Your prior experience (if any) with multiple cultures: study of foreign languages, travel/stay in other countries, experience working with international teams, etc., are all relevant.
Please do not not simply re-submit your Ph.D. application’s statement of purpose (we will already have that from your standard UMD application). Rather, use this as an opportunity to speak directly about the collaborative and international aspects of the program.
Areas of Interest
Identify one primary and one or two secondary areas of interest to you. These are by no means binding decisions; they only help us get your application in the right hands. Please consult the areas of current research on the Maryland and Max Planck websites:
To further help us route your application to the right people, please identify faculty members from UMD and the MPIs with whom you think you would like to work, if admitted into the program. Select at least one faculty member from UMD and at least one from a Max Planck Institute.
When submitting your application, please ensure the following:
- Name the supplementary file 'mpi-sop.pdf'.
- Write in 'Max Planck Faculty' as one of your potential advisors.
- December 15, 2017
- UMD Ph.D. program application due, requires GRE scores
- December 31, 2017
- Maryland Max Planck program application due
- Mid-February, 2018
- UMD Ph.D. program notification of acceptance
- March 1, 2018
- Maryland Max Planck program notification of acceptance
- Mid-March, 2018
- UMD visit (College Park, MD)
- Late-March, 2018
- MPI visit (to an MPI in Germany)
- April 15, 2018
- Deadline for students to accept
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