Be competitive: Join us as fellow!

Be competitive: Join us as fellow!

The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (MPI-BPC) provides a small number of fellowships for predoctoral students, foreign postdocs, and established researchers in honor of its Nobel Laureates Manfred Eigen (1967), Erwin Neher (1991), and Stefan Hell (2014). All doctorate students receive employment contracts and, thus, they are not eligible to apply for fellowships.


Manfred Eigen fellowship for postdoctoral fellows from abroad

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The successful candidates will obtain a Manfred Eigen postdoctoral fellowship (up to 30.000 €/year, no tax deductions) to join a MPI-BPC department/research group for an initial period of two years. Thereafter, postdocs may obtain an employment contract (TVöD13) to extend their postdoctoral studies for additional three years.  

To qualify for the Manfred Eigen fellowship, you have published the work of your PhD thesis less than one year ago, you feel that your scientific interests match ongoing science in one of our departments/research groups and you are eager to continue with excellent research in a vibrant scientific atmosphere.  

To apply for the Manfred Eigen fellowship, your application should be sent to a director or group leader of the MPI-BPC. It must include an application letter, your CV including the list of publications, copies of up to three most important publications and two letters of recommendation combined in a single PDF file.  

Since the number of Manfred Eigen fellowships for foreign postdocs is limited, they may not be available from every department or research group at any time. Please inquire the availability from the department or the research group you are interested to join before sending your formal application.

There are no application deadlines.


Stefan Hell fellowship for predoctoral students

The successful candidates will obtain a predoctoral fellowship (up to 1,365 €/month; no tax deduction) to participate in the research of a department or a research group of the MPI-BPC for up to six months. Informal applications must be addressed directly to the department director or the group leader you intend to work with.

There are no application deadlines.


Erwin Neher fellowship for established researchers

The MPI-BPC provides Erwin Neher fellowships for highly promising scientists for up to two years. Informal inquiries can be made at any time through the departments/research groups.

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