International PhD Programme.
In 2011, due to the financial support from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation totalling 3.8 million euros, the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), the Faculty of Biology at the University of Mainz, the Mainz University Medical Center, and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research jointly established the International PhD Programme (IPP).
The context and aims of funding.
Being able to attract talented young scientists is among the most essential prerequisites for a strong research environment. To do so, the IPP has laid the cornerstone of providing doctoral students with excellent conditions for conducting research and an excellent education programme. At the same time, it has created a vigorous network aimed at encouraging joint research and teaching initiatives.
Funding focused on core activities and scholarships.
The Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation provides the IPP with financial resources to perform its core tasks. These include advertising internationally for open doctoral positions and the programme, conducting the selection processes in Mainz, organising and operating the education programme, as well as administrative work. Much of the funding goes toward remunerating the doctoral students.
Over 170 junior scientists from more than 30 countries came to Mainz.
Since the IPP was established, it has attracted a continuously increasing number of highly qualified applicants from around the world. As of today (April 2018), it has attracted over 170 doctoral students from more than 30 countries to Mainz. At the end of 2017, 128 were pursuing their dissertations in one of the over 40 research groups involved. Since its establishment, the IPP has also served as an impetus for further joint initiatives aimed at training new generations of scientists in Mainz. The IMB and the Faculty of Biology at the University of Mainz, for instance, have together established GeneRED, a new research endeavour financed by the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, whose doctoral students are integrated into the IPP.
In November 2015, the IPP was evaluated for the first time by a panel of renowned scientists and experts in the field of postgraduate education – and very positively so. The panel found the IPP to be an already internationally competitive programme, which is successfully attracting highly qualified young scholars to Mainz. It is also significantly raising the profile and strengthening the appeal of the University of Mainz even with respect to attracting eminent scientists for professorship appointments in the life sciences.