Research Funding

Attracting research funding is one of the key measures on the road to academic independence and success. There are plenty of options as a postdoc to apply for national and international research grants and scholarships depending on your career level. The list of funding opportunities below is not exhaustive but should give you a general overview of what is available.

If you require individual advice for specific funding schemes please contact, depending on your affiliation, either the research department of the University (where you can also receive information on research data management) or the UMG. Both departments have designated offices for EU research funding (University, UMG). If you are based at one of the non-university institutions on Göttingen Campus please contact the respective research funding offices (MPI-bpc/MPI-em EU Liaison Office; DPZ Unit Research Coordination (FoKo)).

Funding Opportunities

Please click on the different career level and funding schemes in order to see more details.

  • Purpose: To enable researchers at an early stage of their scientific career to carry out a clearly defined research project at a place of their choice abroad or to acquaint themselves with new scientific research methods
  • Duration: Up to 2 years
  • Type of Funding: Basic fellowship and monthly lump sum to cover maintenance and travel costs; further benefits are available (e.g. foreign allowance, publication cost, family related support)
  • Award: See award calculator here
  • Eligibility: German and international researchers with completed PhD (or equivalent) who have at least three years of research experience (doctoral or postdoctoral); please check the guidelines for further specific limitations
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To enable researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice in Germany or abroad and paving the way for increasing independence and autonomy. Fostering mobility and thematic developement by changing research institution
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Type of Funding: Salary, consumables, travel etc.
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: Postdocs at an early career phase; special provisions apply for the Walter Benjamin Fellowship (to go abroad)
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To enable scientists and academics to carry out a research project on a specifically defined topic within a limited time period. This scheme has different proposal modules depending on the application as for example the "Eigene Stelle" (for further details please check out the guidelines)
  • Duration: Usually 3 years with option for renewal
  • Type of Funding: Staff, consumables, travel etc.
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: Researchers holding a PhD and working at a German research institution
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To enhance the creative and innovative potential of researchers through international and inter-sectoral mobility, who wish to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Type of Funding: Own salary, consumables, travel costs etc.
  • Award: Depending on the host city and country (see guidelines for details)
  • Eligibility: PhD and four years of research experience
  • Deadlines: Once per year usually mid-September
  • Official webpage, summary information here

  • Purpose: To sponsor research stays worldwide by researchers from Germany who choose an academic host from over 15,000 members in the Humboldt Network abroad
  • Duration: 6 to 24 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend; after completion of fellowship you will benefit throughout your entire academic career from Humboldt Foundation sponsorship opportunities (e.g. collaboration support)
  • Award: Amount varies according to the host country (for further information please use the fellowship calculator here)
  • Eligibility: Up to 4 years after completing PhD; host must be a member of the Humboldt Network
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To enable continuing cooperation between a member of the Humboldt Network and Feodor Lynen Research fellow after his/her return from abroad. Allowing fellows to continue cooperation with their hosts in association with a research institution in Germany
  • Duration: Maximum 12 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend including a mobility allowance and a subsidy towards the cost of medical and liability insurance, additional benefits apply (e.g. family allowance)
  • Award: 3,150 € per month
  • Eligibility: Successful completion of research stay abroad is a prerequisite for beginning the return fellowship. Feodor Lynen, JSPS and MOST (Taiwan) Research fellows whose last Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsored research stay was more than six months in duration are eligible for application
  • Deadlines: Up to 9 months before and no later than 6 months after completing the initial stay sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation abroad and the return fellowship must be taken up no later than 12 months after completing the initial stay
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  • Purpose: To support early career researchers from abroad with above average qualifications to carry out long-term research in Germany
  • Duration: 6-24 months
  • Type of Funding: Lump sum per month including mobility allowance and health/liability insurance; additional benefits not included in this lump sum are amongst others travel costs, language courses and family allowances
  • Award: 2,650 € per month (further benefits are available; check out the guidelines for further information)
  • Eligibility: Maximum 4 years of experience since completion of PhD
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines
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  • Purpose: To support excellent postdoctoral researchers in laboratories throughout Europe and the world. International exchange is a key requirement and the career development is supported by leadership courses and networking opportunities
  • Duration: 12 to 24 months
  • Type of Funding: Fellowship covers the applicant’s salary (depending on host country; rates are available here), but no overheads, bench fees, consumable costs etc.; childcare and relocation allowances are possible
  • Award: Salary costs depending on the host country
  • Eligibility: At time of fellowship start PhD has to be obtained max. 2 years ago and not in the same country; at least one first-author publication accepted or published
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To foster scientific excellence and independence by selecting people whose projects have the potential to develop into distinct research lines and by providing access to scientific support facilities at their host institution and at the VBC Core Facilities
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Type of Funding: Postdoctoral fellowships
  • Award: Salary of at least 50.772 € per year (additional social contributions possible), on average 12,000 € per year for research costs, contribution to relocation costs
  • Eligibility: PhD in life sciences, physics, engineering, chemistry or mathematics; by call deadline applicant must not have resided in or carried out their main activity in Austria for at least 12 months within last 3 years; all nationalities; proposed project must match the research carried out on campus; at least one first-author paper published in bioRxiv or arXiv
  • Deadlines: Once a year, usually in mid-June
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  • Purpose: To support highly qualified individual junior scientists over a limited period of time to allow them to fully concentrate on the research project they have selected
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Type of Funding: Stipend, consumables, travel
  • Award: 1,800 € per month (basic payment) + 200 € per month for consumables and travel costs
  • Eligibility: Maximium 1-2 years post-PhD experience
  • Deadlines: Applications can be submitted anytime
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  • Purpose: Aimed at highly motivated young investigators who want to start an independent career and pursue their own research ideas that differentiate from the research topic of the supervisor. For research projects without existing funds / resources and for which application for other funding is not possible because of a lack of preliminary research
  • Duration: Up to 12 months
  • Type of Funding: Start-up grant to collect preliminary data making subsequent multiannual third-party funds possible
  • Award: up to 60,000 € per project for staff (but not the applicant’s salary) and equipment costs necessary to conduct the preliminary research for the research idea. Partial funding to complement other outside funding is not possible
  • Eligibility: Min. 1 year postdoc experience but max. 6 years post-PhD (no tenured professors, group leaders); based at German nonprofit or public science-promoting institution; applicant’s salary secured for entire duration of the applied project; research idea must differentiate from supervisor; project in the field of biochemical, neuroscience or immunological basic research with biomedical implications
  • Deadlines: Once a year, usually in mid-May
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  • Purpose: To strengthen the autonomy of the next generation of academics as well as helping committed researchers get a smooth start on their career path during the productive phase after their dissertation
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Type of Funding: Scholarship; application for new project or extension for existing project (see guidelines for further details)
  • Award: 20,000€ per year
  • Eligibility: Early career researchers with completed PhD (see further details outlined in the guidelines) and formal connection to a research institute in Germany
  • Deadlines: Once a year, usually beginning of October
  • Webpage (in German)

  • Purpose: To support highly qualified junior scientists to pursue projects at renowned international research institutions (oncology)
  • Duration: 3 months to 2 years
  • Type of Funding: Stipend, monthly allowance for conference visits and consumables, one-off start-up fund, family travel allowences (see guidelines for further details)
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: PhD not more than 10 years prior to application, usually not older than 35 years, at point of application permanent resident in Germany
  • Deadlines: 4 calls per year (mid-February, late May, early September, late November)
  • Webpage; further information are available here

  • Purpose: To recruit and promote exceptionally qualified female scientists
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Personnel and material ressources
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: Female junior scientists with PhD not more than 9 years prior to application (family-related interruptions will be taken into account)
  • Deadlines: Once a year (mid-April)
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  • Purpose: Research Prize to acknowledges outstanding contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. It is intended to symbolize the close links between the company and the field of biomedicine
  • Duration: N/A
  • Type of Funding: Prize and overage of your work by Nature in print and online
  • Award: 20,000 € (for personal use)
  • Eligibility: European researches not older than 35 years
  • Deadlines: Once a year, usually in mid-January
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  • Purpose: To give outstanding researchers the opportunity to satisfy the prerequisites for appointment as a university professor by leading an independent junior research group and performing relevant teaching duties. To attract outstanding early career researchers (back) to Germany from abroad
  • Duration: 6 years
  • Type of Funding: Research staff (salary for group leader, postdocs, PhD students), consumables, travel, etc.
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: At least two years of postdoc experience; maximum four years after PhD; substantial international experience; check out further eligibility criteria on the respective webpage
  • Deadline: No submission deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To support talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, and are ready to work independently and show potential to be research leaders
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff (own post, postdocs, technicians), equipment, travel, consumables, etc.
  • Award: 1.5 million € (+500k € in exceptional cases, e.g. startup costs, major equipment, access to large facility)
  • Eligibility: 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (see guidelines for consideration of career breaks), promising scientific track record
  • Deadlines: Once a year (mid-October)
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  • Purpose: To build and establish a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: All costs including staff, equipment, consumables, travel etc.; additional funds are available on request for specific expenses
  • Award: 1.65 million € (6 awards per year)
  • Eligibility: PhD with distinction within the last six years; top-ranked junior researcher currently living abroad (exceptions apply, please check the eligibility criteria carefully)
  • Deadlines: Once a year at the end of July
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  • Purpose: To support junior researchers working at the borders of neighboring fields or disciplines and to offer freedom for creative thinking, whilst providing security for at least 5 years and in the long run the opportunity to establish a career
  • Duration: 5 years (+ 3 years extension)
  • Type of Funding: own position including further benefits (funding for communication of science, special family related benefits, training programs etc.)
  • Award: 1 million €
  • Eligibility: Outstanding junior researchers with a PhD maximum four years prior to application; linked to research institution in Germany; completed change of academic environment and research experience abroad
  • Deadline: Once a year in early October
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  • Purpose: Worldwide fellowship program enabling exceptionally qualified young researchers with a personal research grant to work on an unconventional, groundbreaking project of their choice in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences anywhere in the world. Demonstrating a willingness to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political, or economic issues across the frontiers of their particular discipline is required
  • Duration: 5 years (awarded in 2 instalments: 2 and 3 years)
  • Type of Funding: Postdoctoral Fellowship including salary, equipment, travel expenses, consumables and staff costs
  • Award: 100,000 CFR per year
  • Eligibility: Postdocs prior to their first faculty appointment; PhD obtained max. 5 years prior to the application deadline
  • Deadlines: Once a year, usually in mid-January
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  • Purpose: Excellence stipend program to invite outstanding researchers to develop their ideas towards innovations at Fraunhofer
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff costs (3-4 research staff), consumables, etc.
  • Award: 2.5 million €
  • Eligibility: External candidate with extraordinary reputation and scientific achievements, minimum completed PhD or equivalent experiences. Creative research idea with realistic potential for application-oriented development
  • Deadline: Twice per year (early April and early October)
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  • Purpose: To offer early scientific independence to excellent researchers and the option for a permanent position. The group leaders receive professional skills training by the Helmholtz Management Academy and additional support measures
  • Duration: 6 years (option for permanent position after positive evaluation)
  • Type of Funding: Staff salaries, consumables, travel, etc.
  • Award: Ca. 1.8 million € (300k per year)
  • Eligibility: 2-6 years of postdoctoral experience, international research experience, an exceptional scientific record
  • Deadlines: Once a year early March
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  • Purpose: To offer early independence, a first-rate working environment and excellent networking opportunities. Junior research group leaders obtain the opportunity to implement their own research projects and establish themselves in their respective field on their way to a full professorship or tenured position
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff salaries (own post, 2-3 PhD students or postdocs), equipment, etc.
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: Maximum 5 years after PhD; outstanding track record
  • Deadlines: Contact the Leibniz Institute of your choice as the application will be submitted by you and the respective director
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  • Purpose: To support highly qualified young researchers specialized in oncology to establish an independent research group and further develop their scientific career
  • Duration: 4 years (+ 3 years extension)
  • Type of Funding: Staff salaries, consumables, equipment, facilities, travel etc.
  • Award: 800,000 € (for extension: 600,000€)
  • Eligibility: Not older than 35 years; change of location is required; not eligible if you hold a W post or habilitation
  • Deadlines: 4 application deadlines per year (mid-February, late May, early September, late November)
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  • Purpose: To fund research groups in which those involved collaborate closely on specific medium-term research projects whose anticipated findings would not be able to be achieved within the scope of the individual grants program
  • Duration: 6 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff costs, travel, consumables, etc.
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: Outstanding researchers
  • Deadline: No submission deadlines apply; DFG senate decides on proposals quarterly
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  • Purpose: Supporting young outstanding researchers who want to consolidate their independence by establishing a research team and continuing to develop a successful career in Europe
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff (own post, postdocs, technicians), equipment, travel, consumables, etc.
  • Award: 2 million € (+750k € in exceptional cases, e.g. startup costs, major equipment, access to large facility)
  • Eligibility: 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD (see guidelines for consideration of career breaks), scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal
  • Deadlines: Once a year (next: Feb 4, 2020)
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  • Purpose: Funding excellent established researchers who are leaders in their field and pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff (own post, postdocs, technicians), equipment, travel, consumables, etc.
  • Award: 2.5 million € (+ 1million € in exceptional cases, e.g. startup costs, major equipment, access to large facility)
  • Eligibility: More than 12 years of experience since completion of PhD (see guidelines for consideration of career breaks), established, leading principal investigator with outstanding track record
  • Deadlines: Once a year usually end of August
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  • Purpose: To enable outstanding researchers who meet all the requirements for appointment to a long-term professorship to prepare for a senior academic role while continuing their research work
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Depending on the type of funding (Heisenberg position; Heisenberg professorship; Heisenberg fellowship; Heisenberg temporary substitute position for clinicians)
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: Outstanding early career researchers; habilitation or an equivalent qualification required
  • Deadlines: No submission deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To enable outstanding researchers with a proven scientific track record to pursue exceptionally innovative or higher-risk projects
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff, scientific instrumentation, consumables, travel, miscellaneous and publication costs
  • Award: 500,000 - 1.25million € (increments of 250,000 €)
  • Eligibility: Researchers who hold or are eligible to hold professorships, especially at universities, and who have an outstanding CV and great scientific potential
  • Deadlines: No submission deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To support highly qualified scientists keen to pursue projects in innovative oncological research areas
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Type of Funding: Staff, consumables, equipment etc.
  • Award: 1 million €
  • Eligibility: Habilitation or equivalent qualification
  • Deadlines: Once a year (late November)
  • Webpage; further information are available here

  • Purpose: To sponsor research stays worldwide by researchers from Germany who choose an academic host from some 15,000 members in the Humboldt Network abroad
  • Duration: 6 to 18 months (divisible into a maximum of three visits over three years)
  • Type of Funding: Stipend; after completion of fellowship you will benefit throughout your entire academic career from Humboldt Foundation sponsorship opportunities (e.g. collaboration support)
  • Award: Amount varies according to the host country (for further information please use the fellowship calculator here)
  • Eligibility: Up to 12 years after completing PhD; host must be a member of the Humboldt Network
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: To enable scientists and academics to carry out a research project on a specifically defined topic within a limited time period. This scheme has different proposal modules depending on the application (for further details please check out the guidelines)
  • Duration: Usually 3 years with option for renewal
  • Type of Funding: Staff, consumables, travel etc.
  • Award: N/A
  • Eligibility: Researchers holding a PhD and working at a German research institution
  • Deadlines: No application deadlines apply
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