The Guest Programme of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces enables scholars from Germany and abroad to use the institute’s resources. The visitors and their projects are an important part of the academic discourse at the Institute. They contribute to the Institute’s four Research Focus Areas – “Colloid Chemistry”, “Biomaterials”, “Theory & Biosystems”, “Biomolecular Systems” – and ground the results of our work more solidly in international debates. The Programme offers various forms of grants and other financial support dependent on the level of qualification, the current project phase as well as the reason for and duration of the research stay.
The possibility of scholarships for PhD students aims at an early integration of highly qualified scientists in national and international research programs. Two funding options are available in order for PhD students to become acquainted with the Research Focus Areas and procedures of the Institute and to further develop their own research projects.
Orientation Scholarships are open to all PhD students at the beginning of the dissertation process affording them the opportunity to plan and conceptualize a dissertation project at the Institute within the context of the existing Research Fields and over a period of two to six months.
Dialogue Scholarships run between one to six months and are intended for all advanced PhD students seeking a close working contact to a researcher from the Institute in order to profit from his/her expertise with respect to sources, debates, methodology, and theoretical approaches. Dialogue Scholarships require a favorable evaluation by an MPICI scholar who agrees to mentor the applicant over the course of his or her stay at the Institute.
Beyond the Guest Programme, Support Contracts offer employment at the Institute for a period of three years to work on a doctoral dissertation.
Project-Oriented Research Fellowships are intended to let the Research Fields at the Institute profit from the expertise of foreign researchers. Applicants are kindly asked to contact the institute at an early stage in the course of a corresponding research application. In this case, applicants are requested to contact the institute in advance.
All submitted research projects should suit the Institute’s current research programme and its topics of interest. Research related to the Institute’s Focus Areas (consult the homepage for details) will be given priority. Further extraordinary topics are regularly selected as being especially worthy of support.
All guests are expected to actively participate in the Institute’s activities. Depending on the duration of the stay, this includes
• attending academic events at the Institute,
• presenting the project at an internal meeting or at a public lecture,
• writing a research paper, which might appear in one of the MPICI publication series.
2. Conditions, Application and Selection Process
Doctoral student funding
Doctoral students can apply for an Orientation Scholarship at any time at least three months prior to the planned stay. Applicants should indicate the intended duration of their visit (two to six months). Applications should be submitted via the online application system and include the applicant’s CV, an exposé of the planned research project, the claim form, and a reference from a qualified academic referee. All documents must be uploaded in PDF format. Dialogue Scholarships require a favorable evaluation by an MPICI scholar who agrees to mentor the applicant over the course of the one to six-month stay at the Institute. Applications for Dialogue Scholarships must include the applicant’s CV, an exposé of the research project, and the claim form. All documents should be submitted via the online application system at any time at least three months prior to the planned visit.
Postdoc and Research funding
Postdocs can apply for a Postdoc and Research Fellowship at any time at least six months prior to the planned stay. Applicants should indicate the intended duration of their visit (up to two years).
Applications of foreign scientists should be submitted either via the online application system or directly via E-Mail to the department and must include the applicant’s CV, list of publication etc.
Furthermore, we request PDF copies of three major publications the applicant has authored within the last five years as well as the contact details of two personal references to be submitted, as well.
A key document in the selection process is the project outline, which should detail the current state of the project as well as plans for its development. This summary should also explain the project’s connection to the core topics currently being researched at the Institute.
Only in exceptional cases, research projects not directly related to the Institute’s research programme will be selected.
Status as of February 2017