International Visiting Researchers at Max Planck Institutes

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In brief

International researchers can conduct independent research at a Max Planck Institute. The programme aims to strengthen cooperation and promote networking between Max Planck Institutes and their international partners.

Who can apply?

Scientists with

  • outstanding qualifications
  • acknowledged research experience

Type and extent of funding

Grant and travel allowances are dependent on personal profile and research project.


Dependent on the host institute. The duration varies and visits can start at any time. PhD students: up to 6 months; postdocs: up to 2 years.


Applications must be submitted directly to the respective Max Planck institute. Vacancies are advertised on the websites of the individual institutes or the Max Planck job exchange (see link below). As a rule, fellowships for experienced researchers are awarded on the initiative of the guests.

Jobs at the Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society focuses on basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences. Details of research grants and job vacancies can be found in the central Max Planck Society database or on the websites of the 86 Max Planck Institutes and research facilities.

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