PhD students accepted for the HEPP are typically awarded with a PhD contract or a scholarship at IPP or the partner universities.
Doctoral students at IPP generally receive a support contract according to the rules of the Max Planck Society. The Max Planck support contracts allow the scientific freedom of a grant to be combined with the social security of an employment contract. They allow doctoral students to devote themselves to their scientific work independently and without restriction. Payment is based on the Collective Wage Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Doctoral students receive compensation corresponding to up to 80 percent of pay group 13 of TVöD; this is currently around 3,000 euros per month in gross terms.