Max Planck School Matter to Life
Online Application
5-year B.S.-to-Ph.D. program
Heidelberg University
Molecular Systems Chemistry and Engineering

Instructions for applying online

Applying to the Max Planck School Matter to Life requires both an online application and a mail-in application. The online application is a two-step process.

To begin the online application process, you must first register here if you have chosen Heidelberg University based on your degree focus of interest. Each University has slightly different requirements, as outlined on their respective Online Application pages.

After you have registered, you will receive an e-mail confirmation.

This e-mail contains your Applicant ID, which is required in the second step of the online application process where you will upload your Letter of Motivation and Curriculum Vitae (CV) with supporting documents.

After applying online, you will also need to mail your application documents to the following address:

Max Planck School Matter to Life
Max Planck Institute for Medical Research
Jahnstrasse 29
69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Your hard copy application must contain the following documents (the same as what you upload):

1) CV with supporting documents, i.e. copies of all academic degree certificates/diplomas (High School, Bachelor’s diploma, etc.), current transcript of records, proof of English language skills (if non-native speaker), etc.
2) Letter of Motivation
3) Signed Declaration Form (you will find this on the upload page in the second step of the online application)

Please note:
ˇ Certificates not coming from a German institution must be officially translated into the English or German language.
ˇ If you are admitted into the program, you will be asked to send official transcripts and certified diplomas (if from a non-German institution) from all prior institutions.

Please refer to our FAQs page for more information.


Important GRE Test Update: Due to worldwide test center unavailability this Spring, Heidelberg University and Göttingen University do not require any GRE test for the May 1, 2019 application deadline round.

Solid knowledge of the English language is necessary for success in the program. If English is not the applicant’s native language, the following internationally-accepted English language tests are accepted: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or a C1 Advanced/Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). Test scores are valid for four years from the application deadline (i.e. the test score is valid if taken after December 01, 2014 for a December 01, 2018 application deadline). Our TOEFL DI code is C308. Please note: The English language test is required for admission to the program, but not for the application submission. If you cannot complete the test before applying, please indicate that it will be taken at a later date.

Your application will also include your:
1) Curriculum Vitae (CV), maximum 3 pages and in English, plus additional supporting documents (all educational diplomas, all academic transcripts, English language test qualification); and
2) Letter of Motivation (in English) up to 3-4 pages in length (Times New Roman, font size 12, line spacing 1.5) with a scanned-in version of a handwritten page preceding the typed Letter of Motivation. The handwritten page (no length requirement) should briefly introduce yourself and your Letter of Motivation.
3) A signed Declaration Form.

Please see the upload page for more details. You will receive the link to this page via e-mail after registering.

Important dates

ˇ Application Deadline is May 01, 2019 at midnight (CEST)
ˇ Decisions sent out by July 2019
ˇ School year starts in September 2019

Further Questions?

Contact the coordination office:


If you have received your Applicant ID, please include this in the subject line of your e-mail.

This registration system has been created by GWDG, Göttingen / Germany.