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Since their founding, the institutes of the Max Planck Society have attached great importance to fostering the careers of young scientists. This covers everything from including students in research plans at the various Institutes to supporting doctoral candidates and granting post-doctoral fellowships or time-limited contracts to junior scientists and researchers.

Max Planck Research Groups

The "Max Planck Research Groups" run by the Max Planck Society have proven to be a special form of support for junior scientists and researchers and aim to promote particularly gifted young scientists and researchers who have an outstanding track record in their field. In a five-year research program with separate resources, the leaders of these Max Planck Research Groups take on responsibilities that afford them the opportunity to qualify themselves for leading positions in research. There are currently more than 70 Max Planck Research Groups operating at Max Planck Institutes.

International PhD Program

Since 1999, the Max Planck Society has been offering German and foreign students a special PhD program that is organized together with the universities: the International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS). They are directed toward scientists in Germany and from other countries who are in the phase between their first university degree and a PhD.

Since 2009 the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine has been offering such a PhD program: the International Max Planck Research School - Molecular Biomedicine, or IMPRS-MBM for short.