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Language plays such a central role in human affairs that it is naturally investigated from different perspectives across many different academic disciplines, from the humanities, the social sciences, psychology and the neurosciences.

The IMPRS for Language Sciences creates a bridge across these disciplinary boundaries, bringing doctoral students of different background together into a single research school with a coherent program of instruction focused on language and its implementation in mind and brain.

Read the IMPRS for Language Sciences updates in the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Research Reports:

2015-2016 more>
2013-2014 more>



Partner institutes

The Radboud University Nijmegen campus is home to three internationally-renowned institutes with a major stake in language research. Together, these institutes offer doctoral students an unrivaled training and research environment in the language sciences. Future international partnerships are in development.

Our partner institutes:

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics undertakes basic research into the psychological and biological foundations of language. It is the only institute in the world entirely devoted to psycholinguistics: the study of how we produce and understand language, and how we acquire these skills as first or second language learners. more>

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior
The Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour of the Radboud University Nijmegen combines the Centre for Cognition, the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Centre for Neuroscience. Together these institutes cover psychological approaches to language processing, the implementation of this processing in the brain and the neural architecture that supports it. more>

Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen

The Centre for Language Studies of the Radboud University Nijmegen carries out top quality and innovative research in linguistics, language and speech technology, and communication studies. Many of the research projects are conducted in close cooperation with national and international partners. more>


Benefits to students

The research school fosters a supportive, social group environment that helps the students thrive in their research and education programmes. This provides a solid foundation for the collaborations that will allow the students to continue productive multidisciplinary research in the future.

All the students associated with the IMPRS for Language Sciences take part in special offerings and courses within and beyond their discipline of origin. They are also able to participate in the project meetings, colloquia and research that will bring these different perspectives together.

The first IMPRS workshop in 2012 was on "Relations in Relativity". In October 2015, the second IMPRS workshop took place, which included an event for the general public: Perspectives on the ontogeny of mutual understanding & de Nijmeegse TaalmiddagIn June 2018, our students hosted an international workshop on "Interdisciplinary Approaches in the Language Sciences".


The IMPRS for Language Sciences is based at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

You can learn more about Nijmegen from the following resources.

  • MPI's "Visitors & Newcomers". more>
  • Radboud University Nijmegen's "The city of Nijmegen". more>
Last checked 2018-07-24 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