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-nat Research Support and EU Liaison Office; DPZ Unit Research Coordination (FoKo)).

Please make sure that you familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria of various funding agencies concerning the cut-off dates for applying for fellowships. Especially the highly attractive longer term or junior group funding schemes (e.g. Emmy Noether, Sofja Kovalevskaja, ERC) are varying in this regard. For some the cut-off date is the date of your PhD certificate, for others it is that of your thesis defense. Further details are available here.

Funding Opportunities

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

  • 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 support the best and brightest minds in their postdoctoral research, connecting them with world-class academics and leading researchers
  • Duration: 2 years with the option to renew for a third year
  • Type of Funding: Salary, consumables, travel etc.
  • Award: Basic stipend of ILS 168,000 per academic year, with an additional ILS 20,000 granted annually for research expenses and research-related travel (altogether approximately EUR 53,000 in total)
  • Eligibility: Postdocs who have officially been awarded their PhD degrees (signified by the date on their diploma) no earlier than November 1, 2019, in all countries except Israel; candidates must have secured an academic sponsor and perform their postdoctoral research at one of the following Israeli institutions: Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Reichman University, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Haifa and Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Deadlines: 15 November 2022
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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: The call is planned to open in May with a deadline on 14 September 2022
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  • 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: Submissions are possible at any time. The selection committee meets every February, June and October therefore applications need to be submitted well in advance of the desired selection date.
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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: The Selection Committee responsible for reviewing applications to this programme meets every March, July and November. Applications need to be submitted well in advance of the desired selection date.
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  • Purpose: To support the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships with an upto 12 months long stay abroad.
  • Duration: 18 months of which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university, which is mandatory.
  • Type of Funding: TV-L E13 salary (the German host university administrates the salary during the whole funding period); on top appr. 1,200-2,000€ per month expatriate allowance during the 12 months abroad; plus a lump sum travel allowance depending on the country of destination
  • Award: The exact salary depends on your personal circumstances (stage, children, tax group etc.) and the expatriate allowence as well as the lumps sum for travel depends on the chosen country of destination for your stay abroad
  • Eligibility: Everybody who has completed a PhD or will have completed it by the prospective start of the fellowship; check the FAQs for more detailed information.
  • Deadlines: Once a year, usually in August with the selection process in the following March and earliest start in June
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  • Purpose: Intended to recruit highly talented and motivated young scientist, who wish to work at the forefront of cancer research in any of basic or translational cancer research labs at the DKFZ. This program offers up to 10 fellowships per year and provides interdisciplinary training and research opportunities in state-of-the-art research facilities for excellent young scientists
  • Duration: Initially for 2 years
  • Type of Funding: 2 year fellowhips; DKFZ Postdoc salaries are competitive by national standards and are negotiated and confirmed during the recruitment phase should a fellowship be offered
  • Eligibility: The candidates with a background in biology as well as in physics, mathematics, bioinformatics, epidemiology and other research fields, should be at an early stage of their career, having held a PhD (or MD) for no longer than 2 years
  • Deadlines: Once a year uusally mid-September
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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: Submissions all year round, however there are two cutoff evaluation dates:
    2nd Friday of February to enter the spring selection round with results being announced in June; 2nd Friday of August to enter the autumn selection round with results being announced in December
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  • Purpose: Stipend to foster young researchers who have already demonstrated scientific excellence in the early stages of their careers
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Type of Funding: Stipend covers full annual salary and research expenses
  • Award: About CHF 209,900 in total + CHF 12,000 per year for research expenses, including travel/mobility allowances and research cost contributions
  • Eligibility: Applicants who have received their PhD not longer than 2 years ago or PhD students who will finish within 6 months; applicants need to have at least one scientific publication in a peer-​reviewed journal or have been awarded a prize for their doctoral thesis.
  • Deadlines: Submission deadlines are 1 March and 1 September at 17:00 Swiss local time
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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 (next deadline: 15 June 2022)
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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
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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
  • Application period: 1 June - 1 October 2022
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  • 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, late August, mid-November)
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  • 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 (usually in spring)
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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: next call will open on 12 July and close on 25 October 2022
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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, usually at the end of July
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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: Applications can be submitted from October, deadline usually in mid-January (upcoming call: deadline will be 15 January 2023)
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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 March and mid-September)
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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: Submission dates vary depending on your chosen partner institute
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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, late August, mid-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: current call will close on 17 March 2022 (the next call opens on 28 Sept 2022 and closes on 2 Feb 2023)
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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: current call will close on 28 April 2022 (the next call opens on 8 Dec 2022 and closes on 23 May 2023)
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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 (next deadline: 7 December 2022)
  • 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: The Selection Committee responsible for reviewing applications to this programme meets every February, June and October. Applications need to be submitted well in advance of the desired selection date.
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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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Research/lab visits or short-term research grants (sorted by funder)

  • 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
  • Eligibility: Up to 4 years after completing PhD; host must be a member of the Humboldt Network
  • Research areas: all research areas
  • Deadlines: Submissions are possible at any time. The selection committee meets every February, June and October therefore applications need to be submitted well in advance of the desired selection date
  • Additional remarks: Scientists with tenure are not eligible to apply
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  • Purpose: Sponsorship of lab visits or attendance of research-related methods courses abroad
  • Duration: Up to 3 months
  • Type of Funding: Lump-sum contribution to travel expenses, lodging (e.g. student housing), and course fees
  • Eligibility: PhD students or medical students during their doctoral thesis as well as Postdocs OR graduates' research visits who have applied for a PhD project abroad, but who have not yet worked with their potential PhD supervisor (hereafter called PhD candidates)
  • Research areas: Experimental project in basic biomedical research aimed at elucidating basic biological phenomena of human life and acquiring new scientific knowledge
  • Deadlines: Applications for travel grants may be submitted at any time, but must reach the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF) at the latest six weeks prior, but not earlier than six months before your proposed departure date
  • Additional remarks: Travel grants can be awarded only if the host institute covers all research-related costs and – in case of PhD students and postdoctoral researchers – if the home institution continues to pay the applicant’s salary
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  • Purpose: Support of sustainable research and promotion of scientific exchange between Germany and certain South African countries
  • Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend
  • Award: Monthly scholarship rate determined according to host country, travel allowance depending on host country, health, accident and personal liability insurance benefits
  • Eligibility: Very well qualified students, graduates, PhD candidates and Postdocs from Germany, Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa working on a marine project within the framework of SPACES II
  • Research areas: Environmental Sciences, Coastal and marine sciences, Geology (Investigation of climate change and its consequences in the Southern African region with a focus on sustainability)
  • Deadlines: Applications are possible at any time, but must be submitted at least 2,5 months before the planned stay
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  • Purpose: Support of sustainable research and promotion of scientific exchange between Germany and certain South African countries
  • Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend
  • Award: Monthly scholarship rate determined according to host country, travel allowance depending on host country, health, accident and personal liability insurance benefits
  • Eligibility: Very well qualified students, graduates, PhD candidates and Postdocs from Germany, Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and South Africa working on a terrestrial project within the framework of SPACES II
  • Research areas: Environmental Sciences, Coastal and marine sciences, Geology (Investigation of climate change and its consequences in the Southern African region with a focus on sustainability)
  • Deadlines: Applications are possible at any time, but must be submitted at least 2,5 months before the planned stay
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  • Purpose: Sponsorship of short-term reaserch projects abroad to gain an important qualification for a later career in science, business or the cultural sector
  • Duration: 3-6 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend
  • Award: Monthly basic amount for accommodation, meals and incidental expenses of 1,750€ (+ child allowance, subsidies for material costs and family support, if applicable)
  • Eligibility: Postdocs of all disciplines with above-average qualifications
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadlines: 15 March, 15 June, 15 November
  • Additional remarks: The doctorate should not have been awarded more than four years ago at the time of application. An application in the final phase of the doctorate is possible.
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  • Purpose: Support of research stays in the mentioned fields at designated partner institutes (list can be found on DAAD homepage)
  • Duration: 3-24 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend
  • Award: Monthly basic amount for accommodation, meals and incidental expenses of 1,750€ (+ child allowance, subsidies for material costs and family support and travel allowances if applicable)
  • Eligibility: Postdocs with above-average qualifications who have completed their doctorate with very good results (at least magna cum laude)
  • Research areas: Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science in general
  • Deadlines: 31 December 2022 and at least three months before the planned stay (research stays have to be completed by 30 June 2023)
  • Additional remarks: The doctorate should not have been awarded more than four years ago at the time of application.
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  • Purpose: Sponsorship of research visits of natural scientists and medical researchers from Germany to the USA
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Type of Funding: Stipend
  • Award: Basic fellowship of 56,500 US $ + travel allowance including return trip + lump sum for study trips within the US and allowance for direct project costs + child and spousal allowances if applicable
  • Eligibility: Well-qualified early career researchers with outstanding research achievements
  • Research areas: Natural Sciences and Medicine
  • Deadlines: No deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: For outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. The fellowship supports those who, in addition to producing superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other, interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Type of Funding: One off grant and 6 months accomodation for research stay
  • Award: 10.000€ grant and 6 months stay in Caputh (garden cottage Einstein`s summerhouse) near Berlin
  • Eligibility: People under the age of 35 with a university degree
  • Research areas: Humanities, social or natural sciences
  • Additional remarks: No fellowships will be given for dissertation research; the proposed project must be significally different in content and preferrably field and form from the applicants previous work
  • Deadline: 15 May
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  • Purpose: Sponsorship of short research stays abroad
  • Duration: Maximium of 3 months
  • Type of Funding: Reimbursement of reasonable travel costs and daily/monthly fixed lump-sum depending on the country of the research stay
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have received a doctoral degree
  • Research areas: History, Language & Culture; the interdisciplinary field “Image–Sound–Language”; State, Economy and Society; Medicine and the Natural Sciences
  • Deadlines: No deadlines apply (normally a decision can be reached in eight weeks)
  • Additional remarks: General educational travel, excursions or lecture or congress-related travel are not supported
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  • Purpose: Short visits in order to gather source material at the libary
  • Duration: 1-3 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend
  • Award: 1.800€ per month + travel subsidy
  • Eligibility: Scholars of all career stages (from post-doc to emeriti)
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadline: No deadlines apply
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  • Purpose: Short research stay in Japan to gain insight into the Japanese cultural and scientific landscape
  • Duration: 2 months (July-August)
  • Type of Funding: One-off grant and additional costs
  • Award: Flight tickets, insurance costs, one-off grant of ca. 4.100€ (534.000 Yen)
  • Eligibility: Master's students towards the end of their studies who wish to pursue a scientific career, doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadline: 30 November
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  • Purpose: Short-term scientific exchange between Germany and Israel
  • Duration: Up to 7 days (longer stays with reasonable explanation)
  • Type of Funding: Weekly living allowance and reimbursement of flight costs
  • Award: Undergraduate and graduate applicants: 350€ per week; postdoc applicants: 450€ per week; flights up to 750€
  • Eligibility: Applicants have to be under 38 years old, German or Israeli citizens or presently residing in Israel or Germany together with a proven affiliation to a research institution and a proven residency of 3 years or longer in either of the two countries OR student/member of a German or Israeli university or research institution
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadlines: 2 May (for fellowships starting from 1 July on) and 2 November (for fellowships starting from 1 January on)
  • Additional remarks: Scientists with tenure are not eligible to apply
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Bilateral exchange programs

  • Purpose: Support of bilateral research cooperation between German and foreign universities
  • Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
  • Type of Funding: Travel allowance
  • Award: Fixed travel allowance depending on destination country (living costs during the stay have to be covered by partner institute)
  • Eligibility: German scientists who should have a PhD and work at universities and research institutions in Germany
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadlines: Applications for most countries are possible at any time, but must be submitted at least three months before the planned stay (Exception: Latin America and Australia)
  • Additional remarks: This program promotes the mutual exchange of scientists from Germany and its partner institutions. Funding is only available if foreign scientists also apply for a research stay in Germany at the same time.
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Lecture/teaching travel substitutes

  • Purpose: Sponsorship of talks given by German scientists abroad aside from congresses and conferences
  • Type of Funding: Reimbursement of fight costs and lump sum contribution to other travel costs
  • Award: 80% of flight costs and lumps sum contribution to other travel costs (amount varies depending on host country)
  • Eligibility: German Scientists including emeriti and PhD students
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadlines: Applications possible at any time, but 1 month (30 days) before start of the travel, at the latest
  • Additional remarks: If there are funding possibilities from third parties, these funds must be used first.
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  • Purpose: Teaching committment or research stay at a scientific institution in the USA
  • Duration: 3-9 months
  • Type of Funding: Stipend + individual payments to cover additional costs
  • Award: 2.000€ per month + travel costs, insurance costs, visa sponsorship
  • Eligibility: Scientists with a PhD (professors, lecturers) and younger scientists with a PhD (e.g. research assistants) with German citizenship
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadline: 31 December 2022 for 2022-23 application cycle
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Conference/workshop substitutes and support for conference organisation

  • Purpose: Sponsorship of active participation in international scientific congresses and conferences (presence and online)
  • Type of Funding: Reimbursement of travel costs and fees
  • Award: For in-person events: 80% of flight costs and daily lump sum for the duration of the stay (amount varies depending on host country), a lump sum for material costs of a maximum of 300 Euro; for online events: reimbursement of participation fees, membership fees (for max. 1 year) and abstract fees (for max. 1 abstract)
  • Eligibility: PhD students and Postdocs with active participation in the applied for event meaning the presentation of a paper or poster or the conception and chairing of a panel discussion
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadlines: No deadlines apply
  • Additional remarks: If there are funding possibilities from third parties, these funds must be used first.
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  • Purpose: Sponsorship of the attendance of relevant events (including fees for online events) like conferences, workshops etc.
  • Type of Funding: Travel, accommodation, subsistence costs and registration fees to attend relevant events (including online events and registration fees for online courses, training etc.)
  • Award: For travel distances, up to 1999km (within the same continent): up to 500€; for travel distances of 2000km or more (within the same continent): up to 750€; for intercontinental travel: up to 1000€; for activities not involving travelling (e.g. online courses) up to 500€
  • Eligibility: Membership of Marie Curie Alumni Association (open to any past, or present, Marie Curie researcher, project supervisor or project coordinator)
  • Research areas: All research areas
  • Deadlines: 31 March 2022 (at least three months before planned activity)
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  • Purpose: Support of scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences
  • Type of Funding and Award: Reimbursement of travel expenses, accommodation and meal costs for active participants/speakers, up to 1.000€ resources to defray incidental conference costs (printing of flyers and posters, conference support by student helpers or assistants, rental costs for conference rooms etc.) and childcare costs incurred during the conference
  • Eligibility: Applications can only be accepted if they come from universities or non-profit research institutions and applicants must have a PhD
  • Research areas: History, Language & Culture; the interdisciplinary field “Image–Sound–Language”; State, Economy and Society; Medicine and the Natural Sciences
  • Deadlines: 28 February; 31 May; 31 August; 30 November (usually a decision is made 8-10 weeks after the deadlines)
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