not possible to submit nominations anymore

Max Planck Research Award

outstanding researchers
all countries
€750,000 award money

It is not possible to submit nominations for this programme anymore.

The award

Excellent scientists and scholars of all nationalities who are expected to continue producing outstanding academic achievements in international collaboration – not least with the assistance of this award – were eligible to be nominated for the Max Planck Research Award.

On an annually-alternating basis, the call for nominations addressed areas within the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences and humanities.

The last Max Planck Research Award was awarded in 2016.


One of our hallmarks is the degree of support we try to provide for every single guest researcher. This is why we offer you extra benefits in addition to the award amount: from invitations to events to language courses.

Alumni programmes

Once a Humboldtian, always a Humboldtian: Even after your initial research stay has come to an end, we shall still maintain close contact with you. Our alumni sponsorship is flexible and designed to support every Humboldtian’s particular path in life and development as well as collaborations between individuals.

This programme is financed by

All awards and grants