The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) for the Advancement of Science is one of Germany's largest, independent, not-for-profit research organisations. In our 82 research institutes, more than 5.500 scientists conduct research of the highest caliber in the areas of natural sciences, bio-sciences, mathematics, astronomy, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck scientists carry out cutting-edge research at the frontiers of traditional and emerging research fields and claim no fewer than seventeen Nobel Prize Laureates among their ranks.

Max Planck Institutes (MPIs) offer 3.800 PhD students from all over the world an international working environment and excellent research facilities. In addition 3.000 young scientists per year take on a post-doctoral position at various MPIs. MPIs offer several opportunities for young scientists with exceptional academic records to build a successful profile at early stages of their scientific careers.

India is a special focus of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in its international collaborations. This correlates with the steadily rising number of internationally acclaimed Indian institutes that are working in scientific fields, in which Max Planck Institutes also look for partners worldwide. In the year 2016, 807 junior and guest scientists from India visited Max Planck Institutes.  In terms of the international exchange of young scientists, this makes India one of the largest partner countries of MPG. In addition, several MPIs and research institutes in India were involved in as many as 53 research project cooperation in the year 2016.

In 2016, almost every tenth foreign doctoral student at MPIs came from India. The majority of students get admitted in MPIs through structured doctoral training programs - International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) Till date, 66 IMPRS have been established offering a wide range of topics for research and have proven to be an attractive program for doctoral students worldwide. 50 percent of graduate students are foreign nationals and the program is run in English. With 178 participants, young Indian scientists constitute the largest group of participants from abroad in these doctoral training programs.


The Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in India


  • 58 Max Planck Partner Groups have been established in India since 2005, 34 are presently active. Partner Groups are led by former Indian guest researchers of Max Planck Institutes of proven scientific excellence who have returned to their institutions in India and continue their research activities in close co-operation with their former hosts. The work of each of the Partner Groups is supported for five years with up to € 100K, allowing the returnees to build up their own research groups in India and to remain in close research interaction with a Max Planck Institute.
  • MPG with its „Max Planck India Mobility Grants” (formerly India Fellowships) has developed a new and India-specific program, with the goal of linking young Indian top researchers to Max Planck Institutes. Since 2005, this travel grant has given 59 young Indian scientists an opportunity to spend minimum one month every year at a Max Planck Institute for a period of up to four years. Presently, 23 Indian scientists from various institutes in India avail this mobility grant.
  • Research links are being institutionalized by establishing Max Planck Centers of excellence in pioneering research fields: The Indo German Max Planck-NCBS Center for Research on Lipids was established at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore in September 2011. The Indo Max Planck Collaboration in Computer Science (IMPECS) has been successfully established as a Max Planck Center in 2010 and is run  as a collaboration by the MPIs for Softwaresystems and Informatics since 2016.