The German Research Foundation (DFG), the primary funding body for research in Germany, established the DFG Research Training Groups to provide unique opportunities to young and talented researchers. The goal of the DFG Research Training Groups is to prepare doctoral researchers for the complexities of future careers in research and academia and to encourage young researchers to begin to conduct their own independent research.
In Baden-Württemberg, there are numerous DFG Research Training Groups, covering a wide variety of research subjects.
International Max Planck Research Schools
The Max Planck Institutes, located across Germany and with 12 in Baden-Württemberg, are world renowned for their outstanding achievements in basic research. A major goal of the Max Planck Society is to improve the training of highly qualified young scientists. With this goal in mind, roughly 60 International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) have been founded at Max Planck Institutes. The 12 IMPRS in Baden-Württemberg work closely with their partner universities to provide outstanding research environments for their students.
The IMPRS offer structured PhD programs in innovative and interdisciplinary research areas such as molecular biology, neuroscience, demographics, plasma physics, polymer research and computer science. About half of the young scientists come from abroad and can choose whether to do their final PhD exam at a German university or at their home university.