Call for Max Planck Partner Groups for Junior scientists/postdoc and junior faculty

Deadline: 14 September 2018


Max Planck Partner Groups have been developed as an instrument for the support of collaborative 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. Max Planck Partner Groups enable both the MPI and the Head of the Partner Group to continue a sustained scientific interaction.

Candidates for Max Planck Partner Groups are designated by the President of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Heading a Max Planck Partner Group is a distinction. Partner Groups are led by outstanding former foreign guest researchers of MPI who have returned or are about to return to a high-performance research institution / university in their home country.

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

Qualification and Nomination

Nominations for Partner Groups by the Directors of Max Planck Institutes are addressed to the President of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Candidates should be scientists of proven excellence at postdoc/young faculty level who have spent minimum 12 months at an MPI. Nominees should have obtained their doctorate no longer than seven years ago (for a doctorate in medicine: no longer than nine years).

Candidates who are not working at a research institution/university in their home country at the time of nomination, are expected to find such a position within 6 months of the official approval of the Partner Group.

Funding and contractual arrangements

Partner Groups are governed by a bilateral agreement between the MPI and the host institution abroad. Partner Groups are funded from the MPG central budget with up to € 20.000 p.a. for up to 5 years. Funds can, for example, be used to cover the costs for travel expenses, workshops, doctoral students and postdocs, as well as smaller equipment.

Nomination Modalities:

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 Max Planck Institute.

The nomination documents are to be submitted by the Director of the Max Planck Institute to the President of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft with an electronic copy to Ms. Renate Bischof-Drewitz ( The programme for Max Planck Partner Groups is open to all MPIs with the exception of the IPP.