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:

Thank you again, and we look forward to your application.

Application Details

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:

Anticipated Collaborators

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.

Submission Instructions

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.

Application Timeline

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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