A German-wide unique, cross-organizational and transregional network

The Max Planck Schools were created with the goal of fostering young scientific talents on their way to an international research career. We facilitate their exchange with pathbreaking researchers and guide their development with the help of dedicated mentors. To achieve this vision, top researchers from universities and non-university research organizations all over Germany have teamed up to teach and research at the Max Planck Schools. The Schools thus provide our young researchers with an ambitious training at the forefront of science under the best conditions.

The Max Planck Schools are a joint graduate program of currently 27 universities and 35 institutes from non-university research organizations. The unique network of researchers of the Max Planck Schools forms the scientific foundation of the Schools. These so-called Fellows are internationally renowned scientists and teachers working at German universities and non-university research organizations.

The institutional partners – universities and non-university research institutions – are connected through cooperation contracts. Reflecting the different structures of each School, formats of partnerships vary. The unifying theme across Schools is the recognition of students’ achievements completed at partner institutions and support for Fellows’ engagement within the framework of the Max Planck Schools.

The key partners which are playing a prominent role in the pilot phase (2018 – 2025) are the Max Planck Society, DWI Aachen, Fraunhofer Society, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Heidelberg University, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Leipzig University, Technical University of Munich. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is supporting the pilot phase with 48 million Euros.

More information on the individual Schools’ partner institutions can be found on the websites of Cognition, Matter to Life and Photonics.

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