Max Planck Partner Groups and India Mobility Grants for Junior Scientists, Post Doc and Faculty: Apply by July 31: Expired

Max Planck Partner Groups support collaboration between Max-Planck Institutes and former foreign guest scientists who have returned to their home country in target research areas which are scientifically promising and innovative.

Max Planck-India Mobility Grants provide funding for short-term visits of young Indian Scientists to Max Planck Institutes over a period of four years.


Max Planck Partner Groups are intended for outstanding Indian junior scientists (so-called ‘young faculty’ in India) or postdocs who have obtained their doctorate no longer than seven years ago (medicine: nine years).

They must have spent a minimum of 12 months at an MPI before returning to an Indian research institution.

Partner Groups are usually supported for up to five years with €20,000 p.a. provided from MPG central funds. Funds can be used to cover expenses for travel, workshops, doctoral students/postdocs, minor equipment.

The decision on the nominations for Partner Groups is taken by the President of the Max Planck Society on the basis of external evaluations.


Qualified Indian postdocs (so-called ‘young faculty’ in India) who should not have obtained their doctorate longer than four years ago (medicine: six years) and who are already able to demonstrate a recognisable scientific profile are eligible to be nominated for Max Planck India Mobility Grants.

A prior stay as a guest at an MPI is not a precondition.

Grantees must spend a minimum of one month per year at an MPI. The host MPI will receive €3,000 per year for four years out of MPG central funds and will use this to cover for travel (internat. flight and local travel), accommodation, per diem, and consumables for the Mobility Grant Holder.

The selection procedure follows the same pattern as the Partner Group programme.

How to apply

Application documents will be sent electronically on request by:

Ms. Renate Bischof-Drewitz, Unit for International Relations e-mail:, Tel. +49 (0) 89-2108-1783.

The deadline for the submission of nomination and application documents is Friday, 31st July 2020.

The selection decisions will be announced by November/December.


Poonam Sehgal Suri, MPG Office New Delhi
Phone: +91 11 4978-9805

Click the below link for the official notification and website.

Max Planck Grants 2020

Official website of Max Planck Grants.


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