2014 Call for nominations for Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Partner Group Program in cooperation with DST

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

M A X – P L A N C K – G E S E L L S C H A F T


2014 call for nominations

Max Planck Partner Groups
Junior scientists/postdoc and junior faculty

Max Planck Society
Department of Science & Technology, India

Deadline 15 September 2014


Max Planck Partner Groups have been developed as an instrument for the support of cooperative research in target areas which are scientifically promising and innovative, geared to the future and of mutual interest to Max Planck Institutes (MPI) and to the designated partner institutions in India. Max Planck Partner Groups enable both the MPI and the Head of the Partner Group to continue a sustained scientific interaction. Heading a Max Planck Partner Group is a distinction.

The Max Partner Group is initially established for a three-year period allowing the scientist to build up their own research group in India and to remain in close research interaction with a MPI. It can be extended for a further two years (maximum period: five years) based on the outcome of the review and the recommendation of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Candidates for Max Planck Partner Groups will be officially and finally designated by the President of Max Planck Society (MPG) and the Secretary of Department of Science & Technology (DST).


Partner Groups are led by former Indian guest researchers of MPI of proven scientific excellence, who have returned or are about to return to a high-performance research institution / university in India and continue their research activities in close cooperation with their former hosts. The candidate should be an Indian scientist of proven excellence at young faculty / postdoc level and maximum 38 years of age (i.e. on 1 January 2015) who has spent minimum 12 months at a MPI. If the candidate is not working at a research institution / university in India at the time of submitting the nomination, the candidate is expected to find such a position by 1 March 2015.


MPG will allocate up to 20,000 EURO p.a. for up to 5 years for the Max Planck Partner Group. Funding provided by MPG will be allocated through the MPI towards the Indian host institution according to standard MPG rules for Max Planck Partner Groups. Funding provided by MPG towards the Max Planck Partner Group will be governed by a bilateral standardized agreement between the MPI and the Indian host institution. The MPI will only take responsibility for the funding provided by MPG. For nominations from the BMS and CPTS, DST will provide matching funds as per project approval, according to standard DST rules and under a separate agreement. Funds should be utilized, as far as possible, for the purpose of creating MPI like facilities at the respective Indian host institution.

Application Modalities

The programme for Max Planck Partner Groups is open to all MPI and to all research institutions / universities in India.

For Application Documents contact:
Ms Renate Bischof-Drewitz
Max Planck Gesellschaft
Division of International Relations
e-mail: bischof-drewitz@gv.mpg.de

Any further information contact:

Dr. Proteeti Bhattacharjee
Liaison Officer
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, India Office
e-mail: office.india@gv.mpg.de

Deadline for submitting Nominations: 15 September 2014.


Indian candidates are requested to refer to the DST website for detailed information at http://igstc.org/#.