Max Planck-Humboldt Research Units in Africa

New program for the promotion of young talent in Africa

Call for proposals for three Max Planck-Humboldt Research Units in Africa starts and runs until July 31, 2023

The Max Planck Society and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation intend to establish three Max Planck-Humboldt Research Units in Africa. Three Research Group Leaders (one person per Section) at African research facilities will be provided with research funding from the Max Planck Society amounting to 150,000 euros per year for five years. This will enable them to collaborate scientifically with a Max Planck Institute of their choice and jointly train young specialists. 

In addition, one young talent from each research unit is to come to the collaborating MPI as a postdoc with a Humboldt Research Fellowship of up to two years, funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Upon returning to their home region, the grantee will have access to the Humboldt Foundation's alums offers (e.g. return fellowship, equipment subsidies, additional research residencies in Germany). It is also possible to apply for a Max Planck Partner Group when taking up a position as a Research Group Leader. What is more, the measure can be supported with mobility grants and/or kick-off workshops.

The application period for the Research Units runs from 22 May to 31 July, 2023. 

​Content-related questions can be answered by Michaela Hergersberg. ​If you are interested in the detailed call documents, please contact Renate Bischof-Drewitz.

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