Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society is the Germany’s leading research organizations focusing on results-oriented basic research – in the field of natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck researchers in our 86 research institutes strive to extend frontiers and advance into new dimensions of knowledge. Since the establishment of the Max Planck Society in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide.

India is an important strategic partner for the Max-Planck Society for its research collaborations. Moreover, Indians form the second-largest group of foreign nationals at PhD and post-doctoral positions at Max-Planck institutions.

Research Opportunities:

Doctoral Training Programme at Max-Planck-Schools

Doctoral Training Programme at Max-Planck-Schools that is competitive with the international elite; three Max Planck Schools have been established so far:

Max Planck School of Cognition:

Max Planck School of Photonics:

Max Planck School Matter to Life:

International Max Planck Centers (IMPC)

International Max Planck Centers (IMPC) constitute a substantial reinforcement of the international cooperation efforts of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. IMPC target to raise the quality of research collaborations with first-class international partners in pioneering areas of research to new levels, bundling knowledge, experience and expertise to create added scientific value.

Partner Group Programme Worldwide

Max Planck Partner Group are led by former Indian guest researchers of proven scientific excellence at Postdoc level who have returned to their institutions in India and continue their research activities in close co-operation with the Max-Planck Institute.


The Max Planck Society has also created a world-wide programme for Kick-off-Workshops which enables scientists from Max Planck Institutes to acquaint themselves more closely with research conditions in countries worldwide including India and  with the aim of making initial contacts to scientists abroad.

Max Planck India Mobility Grants

For young Indian scientists to spend minimum one month every year at a Max Planck Institute for a period of up to four years.

Join us and become a part of scientific excellence. Please find more information about career opportunities in the Max Planck Society:

Where to find us

Max Planck Society

Address: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft – India Office 21 Jor Bagh, New Delhi – 110003, India