Financial Support

Financial Support

Students working at the MPIfG receive an employment contract, students working at the University of Cologne or the University of Duisburg-Essen receive a scholarship.

The IMPRS-SPCE is a cooperation of three partners: The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, the University of Cologne and the University of Duisburg-Essen. Each faculty member belongs to one of the three partner organizations.

Due to different remuneration policies at the MPIfG and the University of Cologne and of Duisburg-Essen, doctoral students receive different forms of payment, depending on their place of work. Their place of work is bound to whether the supervisor of their choice is based at one of the universities or at the MPIfG. IMPRS-SPCE students will either receive a stipend or an employment contract. Students of supervisors based at the MPIfG will receive an employment contract. Students working at the University of Cologne or the University of Duisburg-Essen receive a scholarship.

Students with scholarships receive a monthly payment of 1,568 €, tax offices will usually recognize this as tax-free. Scholarship holders must purchase their own health insurance, which is not included in the scholarship.

Students with employment contracts receive a monthly gross payment of about 2,670€ in the first year which yields a net payment of about 1,750€ (please note that this is just an estimation, and the effective net income depends on individual factors, esp. the tax bracket). Health insurance and social benefits like unemployment and pension contributions are included in this employment contract.

Further funds are available for fieldwork trips, stays abroad, and conference travel. Such funds are allocated according to project-specific agreements with your advisor and the respective regulations of the institution financing your contract/scholarship – either the Max Planck Institute, the University of Cologne, or the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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