PhD students at the IMPRS-SurMat can be admitted with their own funding or can get financial support covering all living expenses.

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. 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 according to TVöD 13 65%. Further information can be found here:
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 (in German: Sozialbeitrag, Semesterbeitrag, Rückmeldegebühren) of approx. 330,- EUR (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) or 300,- EUR (TU Dortmund or University Duisburg-Essen) that must be paid each semester. Included is a ticket for public transportation for whole North Rhine-Westphalia.

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