Call for Max Planck-India Mobility Grants for Junior scientists/Postdoc and Junior Faculty

General & Funding


Max Planck-India Mobility Grants are travel grants by which cooperation between young Indian scientists and a Max Planck Institute (MPI) is to be initiated.

Scientists who are awarded these grants must spend a minimum of one month per year at a Max Planck Institute.

The hosting Max Planck Institute will receive €3,000 per year for four years out of MPG central funds and will use this to cover costs for return tickets from India to Germany, accommodation costs, per diem, local travel costs and consumables for the Mobility Grant Holder. The mobility grant is not paid out to the candidate as a personal fellowship, but is disbursed for the candidate’s purpose through the hosting Max Planck Institute.

Grant Holders should be motivated to extend invitations to their partners from MPI to their home institutes in India in order to further enhance cooperation.



Qualified, promising Indian postdocs (so-called “young faculty” in India) who are already able to demonstrate a recognisable scientific profile are eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck India Mobility Grants. Nominees should have obtained their doctorate no longer than four years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: no longer than six years). A prior period as a guest at a Max Planck Institute is not a necessary precondition. Candidates for Max Planck-India Mobility Grant must be affiliated to an Indian research institution.

Nomination Modalities

The programme “Max Planck-India Mobility Grant” (MPIMG) is open to all Max Planck Institutes (MPI) and to all research institutions in India.

Only a Director of a Max Planck Institute can nominate a candidate; therefore, as a first step candidates need to contact a Director of a suitable MPI.



Deadline for submitting nominations: Friday , 14 September 2018