Research Grants

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Many institutions offer financial support for postdoctoral research, whether through individual positions or junior research groups. Some important options are listed below; for a comprehensive overview, please consult the German version of this webpage. For programs on which information in English is not provided, international researchers may still be eligible to apply.

 

Open Topics

DFG: Research Grants 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Completion of doctorate

DFG: Emmy Noether 
Program Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Two to four years of research experience after completion of doctorate

DFG: Heisenberg Program 
Discipline: Open
Career stage: Researchers who qualify for professorship

Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
Discipline: open, project related to preservation
Career stage: -

EU: Marie Curie European Fellowships 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Doctoral degree or four years of full-time research experience 
Location: Within Europe (citizens of all countries)

EU: Marie Curie Global Fellowships
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Doctoral degree or four years of full-time research experience 
Location: Outside Europe (EU citizens, or non-EU citizens with at least five years of residency in the EU)

EU: ERC Starting Grants 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Two to seven years of research experience after completion of doctorate

EU: ERC Consolidator Grants 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: 7-12 years of research experience after completion of doctorate

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung: Sofja Kovalevskaja Award 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Two to six years of research experience after completion of doctorate (for medical doctors: two to nine years) 
Location:  From abroad

VolkswagenStiftung: Freigeist Fellowship 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Maximum five years since completion of doctorate

VolkswagenStiftung: Lichtenberg Professorship 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Four to seven years of research experience after completion of doctorate

Society in Science Foundation: Branco Weiss Fellowship 
Discipline: Open 
Career stage: Maximum five years since completion of doctorate, no older than 33 years of age 
Location: Free choice of research location

AXA Research Fund: Postdoctoral Fellowships 
Discipline: Risk research 
Career stage: Completion of doctorate
Details: Contact the Funding Advisory Division

DAAD: Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience
Discipline: Open
Career stage: Completion of doctorate
Details: Contact the Funding Advisory Division

NRW: Rückkehrerprogramm
Discipline: depending on call
Career stage: Completion of doctorate

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Robert Bosch Stiftung: Junior Professorship 
Discipline: Sustainable use of renewable natural resources 
Career stage: Maximum five years since completion of doctorate

Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung: “Plus 3” Perspectives Program 
Discipline: Medicine, biology, chemistry 
Career stage: Independent young group leaders and endowed professorships

Fritz und Hildegard Berg Foundation: Junior Research Group - City of the Future
Discipline: Interdisciplinary health sciences, ecology, economy & spatial planning
Career stage: Not specified

Kurt Eberhard Bode Foundation: Junior Research Group Water
Discipline: Water
Career stage: Not specified

Marianne und Dr. Fritz Walter Fischer Foundation: BEN Junior Research Group
Discipline: Biodiversity, ecology & management
Career stage: Not specified

Fulbright Comission: Fulbright-Cottrell Award
Discipline: Chemistry, physics, astronomy & biochemistry
Career stage: Not specified

Medicine

Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V.: Pilot and Standard Grants [website in German] 
Discipline: Medicine 
Career stage: Up to six years since completion of doctorate

Ernst Jung-Stiftung: Ernst Young Career Advancement Award for Medical Research 
Discipline: Medicine 
Career stage: Up to 35 years of age 
Location: Preferably from abroad

NCL-Stiftung: NCL Research Award 
Discipline: Juvenile NCL 
Career stage: Postdoctoral researchers

Mukoviszidose e.V. - Youth Development
Discipline: Cystic fibrosis/mucoviscidosis
Career stage: Postdoctoral researchers

German Cancer Aid: Max Eder Junior Group Programme
Discipline: Oncology
Career stage: Postdoctoral researchers

German Cancer Aid: Mildred Scheel Postdoctoral Programme
Discipline: Oncological basic research, clinical cancer research
Career stage: Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Werner Jackstädt Foundation - Research Grants
Discipline: Ophthalmology, oncology, nephrology
Career stage: Up to 36 years of age 
Location: Preferably from abroad

ESCIMD: Research Grants 
Discipline: Clinical microbiology and infectious diseases
Career stage: Up to 40 years of age, ESCIMD members

Sanitätsrat Dr. Emil Alexander Huebner und Gemahlin Foundation: Junior Research Group
Discipline: Paediatrics
Career stage: Not specified

Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics

Bundesstiftung Friedensforschung: Post-Doc Research Project [website in German]
Discipline: Peace research
Career stage: maximum 6 years after completion of doctorate

Gielen Leyendecker Foundation [website in German]
Discipline: Humanities
Career stage: maximum 2 years after completion of doctorate; only women

Fritz und Hildegard Berg Foundation: Junior Research Group [website in German]
Discipline: Peace research
Career stage: maximum 6 years after completion of doctorate

Federal Ministry for Education and Research: "Kleine Fächer, große Potenziale" [website in German]
Discipline: "small disciplines" in Humanities, Social and Cultural Sciences
Career stage: maximum 5 years after completion of doctorate

Gerda Henkel Stiftung: General research project funding
Discipline: Historical Humanities
Career stage: maximum 10 years after completion of doctorate

Gerda Henkel Stiftung: Special programme Islam, modern nation state and transnational movement [website in German]
Discipline: Political movements in the islamic world
Career stage: not specified

Gerda Henkel Stiftung: Special Programme Security, Society and the State
Discipline: humanities and social science
Career stage: -

Federal Ministry for Education and Research: Promotion of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary junior research groups within the framework of social-ecological research [website in German]
Discipline: Social-ecologial research
Career stage: Completion of doctorate; up to 35 years of age

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