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Phd funding in detail

In addition to support in the form of an employment contract or grant, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft may also offer benefits or family allowances. For further information, please check out Support Guidelines for Junior Scientists (extract). [more]


Course in scientific writing

Writing scientific texts is an indispensable skill for any successful young researcher. The seminar scientific writing in the natrual sciences will present useful techniques that will help to improve the quality of written texts. It takes place on October, 21th/22th in the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne. It includes the approach of presenting the contents in a goal-oriented and reader focused way as well as rules of a good style in written English. MPG Doctoral students can contact the personnel department of their Max Planck Institute if they are interested in participating the course.


Career programs for junior scientists

Young scientists from all over the world

The 82 Max Planck Institutes are fully committed to educating and promoting the next generation of scientists. Right now, around 60 percent of our 13,400 scientific staff members are younger than 40. Many of them also come from abroad.

What makes the Max Planck Society such a successful, international research organisation?

  • Together with local universities, we run more than 63 International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS), where young scientists may complete a well-structured doctoral studies programme under excellent conditions.
  • Junior scientists – the best from around the world – may be offered to head a Max Planck Research Group or an Otto Hahn Group. All these positions are announced and assigned through open competition.
  • Thanks to targeted support, the number of junior scientists and guest researchers has increased by more than 80 percent since 1998 and now amounts to approximately 7000. The number of female scientists has also grown significantly since 2000, thanks to the Minerva Programme.

In addition, we regularly offer positions and grants which are available to any applicant, even from outside the specific career path.

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