Awards for early career researchers

As it does every year, the Max Planck Society honors outstanding achievements of its doctoral and postdoctoral students at its Annual Meeting in 2024. Otto Hahn stands with his own life as few others for scientific excellence and the personal and social struggle for progress. In his late twenties, Otto Hahn began an extremely fruitful collaboration with Lise Meitner, which led to the discovery of nuclear fission, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1944. As president he successfully took on the task of transforming the Kaiser Wilhelm Society into the Max Planck Society from 1946.

Scientific excellence requires talent and motivation, creativity and courage. Today, our Otto Hahn Prize winners are researching at the world's best universities and research institutions and are taking responsibility beyond the scientific community.

The Minerva Fast Track Programme focuses on outstanding young female scientists. [more]
The Max Planck Society has honoured up to 30 young scientists and researchers each year with the Otto Hahn Medal for outstanding scientific achievements since 1978. [more]
The Max Planck Society provides a small number of recipients of the Otto Hahn Medal each year with the opportunity, following on from a stay abroad, to head a small research group (formerly Otto Hahn Groups) at a Max Planck Institute of their choice. The group leader is free to design a research project thus enabling him or her to continue his or her career in Germany. [more]
The Nobel Laureates of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft can each nominate an outstanding postdoc for a Nobel Laureate Fellowship in recognition of their achievements. The fellows receive an employment contract at a Max Planck Institute as well as resources for research. [more]
Each year the Max Planck Society awards the Dieter Rampacher Prize to its youngest Ph.D. candidates usually between the ages of 25 and 27 for their outstanding doctoral work. The purpose of the prize is to provide an incentive for young scientists and researchers to work on their PhD. [more]
The Reimar Lüst Fellowship is financed by a foundation that was created in 1983 to mark the 60th birthday of Reimar Lüst, a former president of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. The foundation‘s endowment consists of donations from German companies. The foundation fosters junior scientists via the two-year Reimar Lüst Fellowship, which is awarded annually. [more]

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