Lise Meitner Excellence Program 2021
of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

Application Instructions


The applicant clicks on this link to reach our "Registration Form". Please fill in all requested fields.

Each applicant instantly obtains a personal registration code. In addition, an Email with data and code confirmation is sent to her/him.

The registration code is necessary for the following two steps (Note: These steps are independent in sequence and can be performed during the whole opening period of this call.)

Submission of letters of recommendation by two referees. Deadline: April 28, 2021

You need to ask two referees to write a letter of recommendation. At least one referee should not be a MPG member. The applicant informs the referees about this website and/or directly about the link to the entry site for the letter, and communicate his/her registration code.

The referees click on this link, fill in all requested fields, and submit a respective file (please use only PDF format) labelled with applicant’s family name and the initials of the referee - example: "miller_hkj.pdf").

The referees receive a confirmation of the submission directly and by Email. (Note: Without this confirmation submission was not successful!).

Submission of a PDF application file by the applicant. Deadline: April 28, 2021

The applicant clicks on this link, fills in the registration code, and submits his/her application file. This file should be labelled with applicant's family name and full first name (example: "miller_benno.pdf").

The PDF application file should contain (note the order):
  • a one-page application letter (limited to 11 point type, double spaced, times new roman, 25 mm margins on 4 sides) which includes the title of your talk in case you were chosen for the symposium (see below)
  • CV + list of publications (all publications which are freely available in an open aces repository or via a journal's website shall be marked with the label "[OA]"). In case of multi-author papers please indicate your contribution to the paper
  • a one-page description of your current main achievements, your main scientific goal(s) and why you are the ideal person to pursue the suggested research (11 point type, double spaced, Times New Roman, 25mm margins on 4 sides)
  • a maximum of three pages (limited to 11 point type, double spaced, times new roman, 25 mm margins on 4 sides) summarizing your future research plans including a statement of whether the proposal is a continuation of your current Postdoc project
  • Names and addresses of three scientists who could provide letters of recommendation upon request by the selection committee. This is in addition to the two letters of recommendation submitted for you
  • up to three of your most important papers

The applicant obtains a confirmation of the submission directly and by Email.
Note: Without this confirmation, submission was not successful!

Please note: We will only process complete applications, which fulfill the requested format and reach us before the deadline. There is no grace period. Both the application file and the two recommendation letters must be uploaded no later than April 28, 2021. Make sure that also your chosen referees match this request!

All completed applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and shortlisted candidates will be invited to get in contact with interested institutes.
Since a thematic matching of the candidates with the thematic orientation of the institutes represents a further selection criterion, a further selection round takes place after this personal contact.

Candidates listed on the second shortlist will be invited to a Section-specific virtual symposium held on:

              BMS: 20./21.07.2021: Biology and Medicine Section
              GSHS: 10.09.2021: Humanities and Social Science Section
              CPTS: 15.09.2021: Chemistry, Physics and Technology Section

In case of problems or additional required information, please contact our Munich office:

E-Mail: lme@gv.mpg.de

This registration system has been created by GWDG, Göttingen / Germany.