Life Program

The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics (LIFE) is a joint international PhD Program of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, the Humboldt-Universit├Ąt of Berlin, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia, and the University of Zurich.


The program recruits doctoral and postdoctoral students from one of the relevant disciplines (biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, educational science, natural resource, and other relevant disciplines) who are interested in a life course perspective in human behavior. As an international and interdisciplinary program, LIFE offers students unique training in the dynamics of human behavior on different time scales and will include opportunities for research abroad at a cooperating institution. The program involves students at U-M, the University of Virginia, The Max Plank Institute for Human Development, Humboldt University, the Free University of Berlin and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. For U-M students, participation involves participating in classes and seminars,attending four one-week academies over the course of two years and developing collaborative research projects.