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Welcome to the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Language Sciences.

The IMPRS for Language Sciences is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and two research institutes based at the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies (CLS).The IMPRS  for Language Sciences enriches the research programmes of outstanding doctoral students in the language sciences by bringing together the expertise of its partner institutes to provide a multidisciplinary training and research environment.



IMPRS for Language Sciences Fellowships

The call for the 2018 Fellowships is expected to open in October, 2017 with a deadline in early January, 2018. The IMPRS is highly interested in applicants with broad theoretical and experimental knowledge, such as advanced methods (e.g. EEG, fMRI, computational models, etc.) and analysis (e.g., mixed effects, Bayesian).

The IMPRS for Language Sciences Fellowships are fully funded PhD positions for the duration of a 4-year project (start-date: 1 Sept 2018). They are intended to encourage interdisciplinary research that takes advantage of the high concentration of top-rated expertise and facilities available in Nijmegen.

Finalists will each be asked to develop a research proposal in 
consultation with their proposed potential supervisors. They will then be invited to present their proposal at the MPI to a mixed panel of experts and non-experts. Proposals promoting interdisciplinary research are most preferred. Accordingly, applicants are strongly advised to consider a combination of researchers based at the MPI and its partner institutes (CLS, Donders Institute) as potential supervisors. Successful applicants will have full access to facilities and resources at the MPI, CLS and Donders Institute to carry out their research.

To learn more about your research possibilities, please refer to this partial list here

To be informed when we begin accepting applications, please send an e-mail to imprs at mpi dot nl (subject line: Mailinglist 2018 Fellowships).



Collaborating Institutes

The three partner institutes of the IMPRS and their collaborations is clearly presented in this illustrative movie from CLS:



Recent Events

Oct 1-2 2015: IMPRS workshop: Perspectives on the ontogeny of mutual understanding
Oct 3 2015: De Nijmeegse Taalmiddag

IMPRS open events are always listed on the main MPI events page. more>

IMPRS for Language Sciences open events are high-level events designed by the research school to enrich the intellectual life of the Nijmegen campus, and are widely announced. They are not intended to be educational events for IMPRS students alone, but are directed equally at all advanced students and staff who are interested. Future events will include top visiting speakers and other such special workshops.

Last checked 2017-04-18 by Kevin Lam
International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences


Street address

Wundtlaan 1
6525 XD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Mailing address

P.O. Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands


Kevin Lam
IMPRS for Language Sciences Coordinator

Tel: +31 24 3521 549