2022 Call for Nominations for Max Planck Partner Groups worldwide (excluding Russia, Belarus)
for Postdocs / Young Faculty

Deadline: 15 September 2022

June 22, 2022

Please note: Max Planck Partner Groups are not a programme of the Minerva Stiftung. Applicants must visit the Homepage of the Max Planck Society!


Max Partner Groups are led by outstanding early career researchers of MPI who have returned or are about to return to a high-performance research institution / university in their home country. Max Planck Partner Groups enable collaboration in research areas that are innovative, scientifically promising, geared to the future and of mutual interest both to the Max Planck Institute (MPI) and to the partner institution in the home country of the former guest scientist to which she/he is relocating. A Partner Group is set up for a duration of five years and provides a high-level and visible framework to the Partner Group Leader aiming at strengthening collaboration, building up a research group as well as international networking.

Heading a Max Planck Partner Group is a distinction. The President of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft formally appoints candidates upon recommendation/nomination by one of its Scientific Members (i.e. Directors).


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 with an amount of €20k p.a. plus any applicable value added tax (VAT) accrued in Germany from the MPG central budget[1]. Funds can, for example, be used to cover the costs for travel expenses, workshops, PhD students and postdocs, as well as smaller equipment. Possible overhead costs incurred by the host institution cannot be covered.


Nomination Modalities

Only Directors of a Max Planck Institute are eligible to nominate a candidate; therefore, as a first step candidates need to contact a Director of a suitable Max Planck Institute. The programme for Max Planck Partner Groups is open to all MPI with the exception of the IPP. Please note that only 1 application can be submitted per 3 Institute departments, 2 applications up to 5 Institute departments, 3 applications up to 8 Institute departments.


Nomination documents are sent electronically on request by:

The deadline for the submission of nomination documents is Thursday, 15 September 2022. The selection decisions will be announced by the end of January 2023.


[1] If the €20k or part of the €20k are transferred abroad, they become subject to value added tax in Germany. VAT is paid by the MPI to the tax office.



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