Research Stays

The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition provides support for the research of visiting scholars and doctoral candidates by means of two programs: one with financial assistance and one without.

Each year, approximately 150 guests and aspiring researchers from around the globe take advantage of the opportunities the Institute offers through these programs. During their visit, researchers are provided with a workspace in the library or in an office and full access to the library, whose collection is unparalleled for international orientation and comprehensiveness.

The programs are available to doctoral candidates, post-docs, graduates and researchers at a later stage of their career.

The Welcome Center assists guests in planning their stay.


You would like to conduct research at the Insitute:

Stays with financial support

The Institute supports research projects of German and international scholars and doctoral candidates for up to six months in the form of scholarships through its own guest program. Other types of assistance exist as well; a follow-up scholarship is possible.

Applications are prioritized as follows:

Priority 1 – Specific research proposals
The Institute defines its research areas for periods of several years, the legal department within three research axes and their respective main areas of research, the economics department within three fields of research. Wihtin this scope, individual research projects can be freely defined.

Priority 2 – Independent research proposals
Subject to availability of funds, other research projects may be supported as well, provided these have a close enough link to the Institute’s main research topics.

Application form and materials
An application is only possible via the electronic application form (please enable pop-ups). Instructions for using the electronic application form

The following materials are required for a complete application; they can be uploaded along with the electronic application form:

  • Curriculum vitae/résumé 
  • Diplomas (especially college/university level)
  • Two letters of recommendation (For doctoral candidates with supervisors outside the Institute, one of these letters must be from the doctoral supervisor.)
  • A detailed project description (5–10 pages, including outline, bibliography and time plan)
  • Photo

Should you have any problems opening or printing out the PDF application form, please send an e-mail to: Stipendienstelle(at)

Please send any documents not available in electronic form to the Institute by post:

Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition

Personnel Office

Marstallplatz 1

80539 Munich, Germany

General important information

Your stay at the Institute should yield at least one scholarly publication. Your application should be submitted in full at least three months before the beginning of your stay and funding. Only complete applications will be considered.

If despite a reminder your application is not complete after eight weeks it will be rejected.

Important information for doctoral candidates:
Detailed information for doctoral candidates can be found further down on this page.

Stays without financial support

We will be happy to help you to plan your stay at the Institute. To request information, please send a short description of your research project and your CV to


Please allow one to two weeks for a reply to your query. Thank you for your understanding.


For further questions concerning the application process or the electronic application form please send an email to

Dr. Eva-Marina Bastian or
Sylvia Kortüm

Information about applying for a guest workstation

For questions concerning guest workstations in the library (one-day or short-term guests) please contact
Peter Weber.


Peter Weber, M.A. (LIS)

+49 89 24246-200
+49 89 24246-501

Information for legal scholars on how to do a doctorate or to complete a doctoral degree

If you are not yet registered as a doctoral student, please note: The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition is a research institute and not a university institute. For this reason it cannot grant academic degrees and does not have the right to award a doctorate. You can only earn a doctorate in Munich at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) subject to strict admission requirements (e.g. a language test).

For more information please contact the office responsible for master/doctoral admissions at the LMU.

If you are already working on your doctoral degree, you must submit written proof of admission as a doctoral candidate from your home institution.

Portal for doctoral candidates in the Max Planck Society: PhDnet

Information about doctoral programs for economics and management students

You would like to plan your stay at the Institute:
The Welcome Center will be glad to assist you! 


Please remember to make arrangements for accommodations well in advance of your arrival. Living quarters in Munich are in short supply and are comparatively expensive. It can be difficult to find furnished rooms for only a few months. We assist long-term guest scholars and scholarship holders in this matter within our means.

Travel Planning

Before coming to Germany, there are a few things you should prepare for. EURAXESS Germany, the information and advice point for internationally mobile researchers of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, has put together on its website all relevant information and a checklist, which you should observe prior to your arrival in Germany.
Here you will find additional tips which will ease your orientation in Germany, as well as all important information regarding visa formalities and entry.

Please consider that for your stay in Germany you will require health insurance and if necessary personal liability insurance.

You can find a lot of useful information about your stay at the Institute in the brochure "Living and working in Germany" by the Max Planck Society.

Some tips on the cultural and personal characteristics of Germans can be found in the brochure "How do Germans tick?" by the Max Planck Society.

Useful Links


Silke Koehler

Phone.:+49 89 24246-217
Fax: +49 89 24246-502
Email: silke.koehler(at)