Lise Meitner Award Fellowship

Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science

Every second year the Max Planck Institute for Informatics awards the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship. This postdoctoral grant supports excellent female computer scientists in their careers, giving them the opportunity to develop their scientific ideas without exertion of influence. It consists of a two-year tax-free research fellowship and business expenses.

Fellows will be chosen based on the strength of their academic background and research credentials. Applications should include a CV, cover letter, publication list, short research plan (one page is enough), and two references. This grant is according to the fellowship rules of the Max Planck Society; it usually amounts to 3,000 Euro/month and is completed by compensation for business expenses of 10,000 Euro/year.

Application process for 2016 has ended in 1 October 2015. For more information, please contact

About the Max Planck Institute for Informatics

The Max Planck Society is Germany's largest society for fundamental research with more than 30 Nobel Prize winners, including Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard - one of the few female Nobel Laureates. The research institutes of the Max Planck Society are nationally and internationally renowned as Centers of Excellence in foundational research.

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for lnformatics is devoted to cutting-edge research in computer science and technology with a focus on algorithms and their applications in a broad sense. Its research ranges from fundamental topics (algorithms and complexity, automation of logic) to a variety of application domains (computer graphics and vision, geometric computation, program verification, databases and information systems, and computational biology). The MPI for lnformatics is located on the campus of Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany.

The Saarland University campus is also home to the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountabilty (CISPA), the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction, the Center for Bioinformatics, and the Graduate School of Computer Science. These institutions cooperate closely and comprise a total of more than 300 researchers in computer science. The institute collaborates with several of the major research institutions in Europe and the United States and has high international visibility.

The MPI for lnformatics strives to provide a family-friendly work environment, with day care opportunities for smaller children and other means of support for working mothers.

Former Lise Meitner Award Fellows

Anke van Zuylen (2010 2012)
Anke van Zuylen graduated in 2008 with a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University, U.S.A. Afterwards she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science in Bejing, China. She stayed with the Max Planck Institute for lnformatics in Saarbrücken for two years in the Algorithms and Complexity Department. Currently, Anke van Zuylen is an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, United States. Her research interests lie in the design and analysis of approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems which arise in areas such as information science and network design, through the use of techniques from mathematical programming.


Anna Adamaszek (2012 2014)
Anna Adamaszek obtained her PhD in Computer Science in 2012 from the University of Warwick, UK. She joined the Algorithms and Complexity Department at the MPI for Informatics in September 2012. Her main research areas are approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems, in particular for geometric problems, and online algorithms. In 2014 Anna joined Copenhagen University, Denmark, as a postdoctoral researcher.


Zeynep Akata (2014 2016)
Before Zeynep joined MPI for Informatics, she received her MSc in 2010 from RWTH Aachen and her PhD in 2014 from the University of Grenoble. From 2011 to 2014 she was a graduate student at INRIA Rhone-Alpes and a Research Engineer at Xerox Research Centre Europe, France. Her research focuses on zero-shot and few-shots learning methods for large-scale and fine-grained image classification.


Since 2016 four young woman are being supported by the Lise Meitner Award Fellowship:

Hang Zhou, Qianru Sun, Shida Beigpour, and Daria Stepanova. They are presented on this webpage.