The Max Planck Society’s Earth and Solar system Research Partnership (ESRP), comprising the Max Planck Institutes (MPIs) for Biogeochemistry (Jena), Chemistry (Mainz) , Meteorology (Hamburg) , and Solar System Research (Göttingen) , offers

  • Max Planck Research Group – funded centrally by the Max Planck Society and hosted by one MPI. Funding is for five years, with two two-year extensions possible. Calls are expected to be issued annually. Applications are expected from researchers usually no more than seven years past their PhD. The deadline for application is October 17, 2019.
  • ERC Starting Grant – funded annually for five years by the ERC and hosted by an MPI. The next deadline is 16 October 2019. Applicants should be from two to seven years past their PhD, with some exceptions possible.
  • Emmy Noether Programme – funded for six years by the DFG and hosted by an MPI. Applications are received continuously. Applicants should be no more than four years past their PhD.

This offer of opportunities extends indefinitely and is not limited to the 2019 funding round. If you are interested in conducting your independent research at one of the MPIs of the ESRP, you are encouraged to approach one of their directors and discuss options. For most funding schemes, such contact is mandatory prior to submitting an application.

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