Students that will get or are excepting to get funding by another organisation can apply for the IMPRS-SurMat. This funding can be for example by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), by organisations from other countries like the CSC (China Scholarship Council) or by other project funds from the future IMPRS-SurMat supervisor.
For students without own funding the IMPRS-SurMat provides financial support that covers all living costs. This support is offered for 3 years and its amount is about 1.200-1.500 EUR net per month. The exact amount and the modalities depend on the partner institute where the student works. At the Max Planck Institutes doctoral students receive a so-called support contract, further information can be found here: www.mpg.de/career/how-do-i-get-supported. The universities provide generally scholarships of 1.365,- EUR per month. Additional allowances for children, child care or health insurance are possible, health insurance is mandatory and must be paid by the student.
There are no tuition fees for the IMPRS-SurMat. The only fee required is a semester contribution of approx. 300,- EUR (in German: Sozialbeitrag, Semesterbeitrag, Rückmeldegebühren) at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum or the University Duisburg-Essen that must be paid each semester. Included is a ticket for public transportation for whole North Rhine-Westphalia.