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Nationale und EU-Förderprogramme für wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs

Here we present an overview of funding programmes for junior researchers. If you have any questions regarding these programmes, please contact the Office of Research Support.

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DFG: Individual Research Grants with Temporary Position for Principal Investigator

Duration: max. 3 years
Funding amount: follows governmental salary scales for public service (TV-L)
Closing date: anytime

Eligibility

  • Qualified researchers (as a rule, those holding a doctorate) from all disciplines working at German research institutions
  • Research project of high scientific quality and originality, carried out at an international level
  • Applications only in conjunction with Individual Research Grant (Sachbeihilfe)

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DFG: Walter Benjamin Programme

Duration: up to 2 years.
Funding amount: follows governmental salary scales for public service (TV-L), plus allowance for direct project costs
Closing date: anytime

Eligibility:

  • Postdoctoral researchers at an early career stage, ideal for recently graduated PhDs
  • Mobility is expected, i.e. candidates should not plan to stay at institute of doctoral studies
  • Project may not be based at an entity that is for-profit or that does not permit the publication of findings in a generally accessible form

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DFG: Heisenberg Programme (Heisenberg Position or Heisenberg Professorship)

Duration: 5 years (3+2)
Funding amount:  follows governmental salary scales for public service (TV-L) or for professors (W-Besoldung)
Closing date: anytime

Eligibility:

  • Researcher has to meet all requirements for appointment to a professorship
  • High scientific quality and originality of the research project at international level and suitability for further  qualification as a university teacher

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Volkswagen Foundation: Funding for Refugee Scholars and Scientists from Afghanistan

Duration: up to 3 years (depending on funding opportunity)
Funding amount: up to €200.000
Closing date: Anytime, but only after prior consultation

Eligibility:

  • Refugee scholars need a host who is/was funded by the Foundation within the last 10 years, who has a current link to a research institution in Germany and who agrees to integrate them into their research context
  • Refugee scholars had to leave the country recently, has academic qualifications and shows potential to be integrated into the (research-related) job market

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Volkswagen Foundation: Open Up – New Research Spaces for the Humanities and Cultural Studies

Duration: max. 18 months
Funding amount: up to €250.000 (two teams) / €350.000 (three teams)
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • All career levels after the PhD
  • Scientists working in the humanities or cultural studies as well as scientists working in theoretical social sciences
  • Researchers have to be employed at a scientific institution in Germany
  • Researchers from foreign institutions are welcome to apply as co-applicants

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Fritz Thyssen Foundation: Own Position in a Research Project

Duration: max. 3 years (2 years as a rule)
Funding amount: follows governmental salary scales for public service (TV-L)
Closing date: 15 February and 15 September of each year

Eligibility:

  • All career levels after the PhD
  • Project needs to fit one of the Foundation’s research areas
  • Planned project staff cannot submit applications. Junior scholars with doctoral degrees can apply for their own post within the framework of a project proposed by a project leader or principal investigator (as a rule a professor)

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ERC Starting Grant (2-7 years after PhD)

Duration: max. 5 years
Funding amount: up to €1.5 Mio.
Closing date:  please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) in any of the EU Member States or Associated Countries
  • Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by a single Principal Investigator (PI) in conjunction with their    Host Institution, called the Applicant Legal Entity

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European Commission: ERC Consolidator Grant

Duration: 5 years
Funding amount: up to € 2 Mio
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD
  • Scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal
  • Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation (known as a Host Institution/HI) in any of the EU Member States or Associated Countries
  • Applications for an ERC grant must be submitted by a single Principal Investigator (PI) in conjunction with their    Host Institution, called the Applicant Legal Entity

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DFG: Emmy Noether-Programme (Independent Junior Research Group Leader)

Duration: max. 6 years (3 +3)
Funding amount: follows governmental salary scales for public service (TV-L) plus allowance for direct project costs
Closing date: anytime

Eligibility:

  • Up to 4 years after completion of the doctorate (normally at least two years postdoctoral experience).
  • Excellent research project
  • Substantial international research experience
  • Assessed on the basis of previous research work, ambitious publications in internationally respected journals or a comparable format.
  • Applicants from abroad are expected to continue their research careers in Germany after the funding comes to an end, a written letter of intent must be attached to the proposal
  • Programme is not open to researchers who have already satisfied the requirements for a professorship

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Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung: Plus3 Perspectives Programme for Independent Junior Research Group Leaders

Duration: 3 years
Funding amount: up to € 900.000 over every funding period of 3 years
Closing date: 15 March and 15 September of each year

Eligibility:

  • PhD less than 12 years prior to the application deadline
  • 2-5 years of experience as an independent research group leader in a German institution, gained through a competitive process
  • Candidates from the fields of medicine, chemistry, or biology (excl. zoological research and research on systematic botany)
  • Substantial international experience
  • Outstanding publishing record
  • Hosting institution confirms to offer permanent position after 6 years, and must contribute to research facilities and equipment

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Elitenetzwerk Bayern: International Junior Research Group (Nachwuchsforschergruppen)

Duration: 5 Years
Funding amount: follows governmental salary scales for public service (TV-L) plus allowance for direct project costs
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • 2-5 years after PhD
  • for two years prior to the application applicants must have carried out research at an institution other than the  hosting institution
  • Outstanding scientific track record
  • Original research proposal
  • Theme of research group has to match either one of the elite graduate programmes or the international doctoral programmes of the ENB

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: (European) Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF)

Duration: 12-24 months
Funding amount: €4.994 per month (depending on the host country), plus € 600 mobility allowance and (if applicable) € 660 family allowance
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • Researchers holding a PhD up to 8 years of full-time research after their doctorate
  • Mobility rule: researchers of all nationalities who have not spent more than 12 months during the last three years in the country of their future host organisation
  • Host Institution can be universities, universities of applied science, research organisations and companies located in a EU Member State or Associated Country
  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in R&I projects by either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: (Global) Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF)

Duration: 12-24 month (+12 months return phase)
Funding amount: €4.994 per month (depending on the host country), plus € 600 mobility allowance and (if applicable) € 660 family allowance.
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • Researchers from EU Member State or Associated Country holding a PhD up to 8 years of full-time research after their doctorate. Global PF are also open for nationals of third countries if they are long term residents, meaning a period of at least 5 consecutive years spent in a MS or AS prior to the deadline
  • Mobility rule: researchers may not have spent more than 12 months during the last three years in the country of their future host organisation
  • Host Institution can be universities, universities of applied science, research organisations and companies located in a Third Country (e.g. USA, Canada, Japan). The Global PF include a mandatory return phase of 12 months to Europe

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Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation: Feodor Lynen-Research Fellowship for Researchers (research stay outside Germany)

Duration: 6-24 months (Postdoctoral Fellowship), 6-18 months (Experienced Researcher Fellowship) abroad
Funding amount: €3.305 per month, generous family allowance, return fellowships upon application
Closing date: anytime, selection meetings take place in February, June and October of each year

Eligibility:

  • Up to 4 years after PhD (Postdoctoral Fellowship) or up to 12 years after PhD (Experienced Researcher Fellowship)
  • Excellent average academic history and academic record
  • Host confirmation of research facilities (host must be member of foundation’s alumni network, see related information on the link below)
  • Experienced researchers also require their own academic profile and professional experience at least at the level of assistant professor or junior research group leader or several years of independent scientific employment

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Humboldt Research Fellowship for Researchers (research stay in Germany)

Duration: 6-24 months (Postdoctoral Fellowship), 6-18 months (Experienced Researcher Fellowship) in Germany
Funding amount: €2.670 per month (+ additional benefits + family allowance, etc.) for Postdoctoral Fellowship, €3.170 per month (+ additional benefits + family allowance, etc.) for Experienced Researcher Fellowship.
Closing date: anytime, selection meetings take place in March, July and November of each year

Eligibility:

  • PhD completed less than 4 years prior to application (Postdoctoral Fellowship) or less than 12 years prior to application (Experienced Researcher Fellowship)
  • Excellent academic record and academic performance
  • Originality and innovation potential of the suggested research outline (significance for the advancement of the discipline, convincing choice of academic methods, prospects for academic development of the applicant, clear focus and feasibility of realization within the requested funding period and at the chosen host institution).
  • The applicant’s future potential (academic potential, further academic development, career prospects, prospect of a professorial appointment).
  • Host confirmation of research facilities

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Researchers from Developing or Transition Countries (research stay in Germany)

Duration: 6-24 months (Postdoctoral Fellowship), 6-18 months (Experienced Researcher Fellowship) in Germany
Funding amount: €2.670 per month (+ additional benefits + family allowance, etc.) for Postdoctoral Fellowship, €3.170 per month (+ additional benefits + family allowance, etc.) for Experienced Researchers.
Closing date: anytime, selection meetings take place in February, June and October of each year

Eligibility:

  • Researchers from developing or transition countries (excluding PR China and India)
  • Research question needs to be relevant to the further development of applicant’s region of origin, regardless of research field
  • PhD completed less than 4 years prior to application (Postdoctoral Fellowship) or less than 12 years prior to application (Experienced Researcher Fellowship)
  • Academic record and academic performance following international standards
  • The applicant’s future potential (academic potential, further academic development, career prospects, prospect of a professorial appointment).
  • Host confirmation of research facilities (host must be member of foundation’s alumni network, see related information on the link below)

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Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: International Climate Protection Fellowship

Duration: 12-24 month project in Germany
Funding amount: between €2,170 and €2,670 (depending on your training and career level) + additional benefits and family allowance
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • Applicants are prospective leaders and postdocs with research-based climate expertise from a non-European developing and transition country
  • Academic or practical work in climate protection or climate-relevant resource conservation in home country
  • Very good knowledge of English and/or German
  • Confirmation of support from host in Germany

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DFG: Walter Benjamin-Programme abroad (International Funding Line-Fellowship)

Duration: up to 2 years.
Funding amount: Use the award calculator >> https://www.dfg.de/en/research_funding/programmes/individual/research_fellowships/calculator/index.jsp
Closing date: anytime

Eligibility:

  • Postdoctoral researchers at an early career stage, ideal for recently graduated PhDs
  • The project may not be based at an entity that is for-profit or that does not permit the publication of findings in a generally accessible form
  • Funding can only be provided if researchers are integrated into Germany’s academic research system. This is the case if, immediately prior to submitting a proposal, they have worked as a researcher in Germany for a continuous period of at least three years during their doctoral and/or postdoctoral phase
  • If researchers are already based abroad, funding can be provided abroad if they have completed the majority of their schooling and higher education in Germany and, as of proposal time, have not spent more than three years abroad for research purposes after completing their doctorate in Germany or abroad
  • Furthermore, they must not have worked longer than one year at the host institution selected for the Walter Benjamin fellowship as of proposal time

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DAAD: Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)

Duration: 12 months abroad + 6 months mandatory reintegration in Germany
Funding amount: follows governmental salary scales for public service (TV-L), plus allowance for direct project costs
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have completed their PhD before starting the fellowship
  • Employing host institution in Germany has to be a university, German host university must confirm in writing that the postdoc will be employed for the whole funding period, should the application be successful
  • Applicants must comply with the programme’s mobility rule, i.e. they are free to choose any country (except Germany) as destination for their research stay abroad, provided they have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country for more than 12 months in total during the three years preceding the application deadline
  • Applicants must accept that the research stay abroad and the return phase to Germany are both mandatory parts of the programme

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DAAD: Research Fellowship at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (MSH) Paris for the Humanities and Social Science

Duration: 6 months in France
Funding amount: €1.750 per month (+ additional benefits)
Closing date: please refer to webpage or contact us

Eligibility:

  • PhD completed less than 4 years ago, with at least ‘cum laude’
  • Very good language skills in French
  • Project subject has to differ from the PhD thesis

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Leopoldina Research Fellowship

Duration: 1-2 years abroad
Funding amount: salary follows DFG funding guidelines (+additional benefits)
Closing date: anytime, decisions are being made four times a year

Eligibility:

  • Up to seven years after PhD completion
  • Post-doctoral researchers from the fields of natural science, medicine or history of sciences
  • Independent research profile
  • Outstanding scientific track record

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Fritz Thyssen Stiftung: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Duration: max. 1 year
Funding amount: €1.800 (+ additional benefits)
Closing date: anytime

Elegibility:

  • Applicant should not have received his or her doctoral degree more than one or two years ago
  • Doctoral degree procedure must have been completed with the defense of the work (disputation) or doctoral viva (Rigorosum), a (preliminary) degree certificate is to be submitted
  • Research stipend should be associated with a scholarly project that is independent of any outside influence and be based on individual initiative and be carried out at a school of higher learning or at a non-profit research facility
  • No stipends are awarded for doctoral dissertations or “Habilitations” or to complete such works to follow up support through other institutions

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