Research Schools

The MPI for Human Development provides several working opportunities for Predocs.


The International Max Planck Research School on Computational Methods in Psychiatry and Ageing Research (IMPRS COMP2PSYCH) teaches and trains concepts and methods from computer science and statistics in relation to substantive research questions in psychiatry and lifespan psychology.

In close collaboration with the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, it gives pre-doctoral fellows the opportunity to learn, apply, and develop computational and statistical methods that foster our understanding of individual development from childhood to old age, with an emphasis on mental illness and healthy cognitive ageing.

Its overarching objective is to equip pre-doctoral researchers with computational and statistical methods that permit them to describe, explain, and predict individual development and psychopathological manifestations at neural and behavioural levels of analysis.

International Max Planck Research School LIFE

The goal of this International Max Planck Research School is advanced research training in the study of human behavior and institutional systems over evolutionary and ontogenetic time. LIFE takes an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding human development in a changing world and connects evolutionary, ontogenetic, and institutional perspectives. An added focus is on the evolution and interaction of individual and institutional development. The target group of the Research School are graduate students who intend to pursue a doctorate in biology, psychology, neuroscience or educational science.

IMPRS Moral Economies

The IMPRS Moral Economies explores the “Moral Economies of Modern Societies” by identifying values, emotions and habits that inform and inspire social formations which have emerged since the eighteenth century, in Europe, North America, and South Asia. Research and the curriculum focus on the interlocking of new modes of feeling and the definition and justification of new social values.

In a tailor-made four-year academic program M.A. graduates in history (or a related field where appropriate) will investigate ‘moral economies’ as dynamic and contested configurations in broad societal spheres and systems.

MaxNetAging Research School

The MaxNetAging Research School (MNARS), was launched by the Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) in October 2007. This stipend program provides funding for doctoral and postdoctoral students. PhD students can get funding for up to a maximum of three years, Postdocs for up to a maximum of two years. Each MaxNetAging student is affiliated with one of the participating Max Planck Institutes.


Berlin School of Mind and Brain

The “Berlin School of Mind and Brain” offers junior scientists an interdisciplinary education combining neurosciences with the humanities. Each of the young scientists is ably supported by two tutors, one from the humanities and one from the natural sciences. All in all, some 60 researchers participate in the graduate school’s activities, hailing from the Berlin, Potsdam, and Magdeburg universities, as well as from the Max Planck Institutes in Berlin and Leipzig. The three-year program is carried out in English, an attractive incentive for non-German students.

International Max Planck Research Schools


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The International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course (LIFE) was awarded the APA Board of Educational Affairs Award to Advance Interdisciplinary Education and Training in Psychology. This award recognizes education and training programs in psychology that advance inter-disciplinary, multidisciplinary, or interprofessional teaching, research or practice in psychology.