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Further funding bodies

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This webpage provides an overview of other funding bodies offering research funding.

Informationen for Postdocs und PhD students can be found on the Portal for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers.



The eight largest Academies of Sciences together form the Union der der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaft.

Once a year, the latter announces the Academies' Programme for implementing long-term research projects.

The academy programs available in NRW are located at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts at Düsseldorf.

Offerings for junior scholars

The NRW Academy also offers junior scholars a unique support option through its Junge Kolleg (no English information provided). Invitations take place once a year.

The Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina – Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften offers the Leopoldina Fellowship Programme for junior scientists.


The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) offers a wide range of funding options for students, and to a lesser extent, also for scholars.
In addition, there are funding options for university partnerships.
You can obtain information on these partnerships and the programs for students from the International Office.

Programs for scientists

You can search the scholarship database for funding options by target group.
It includes programms for scientists from outside germany as well as for German scientists.

Information on lecturerships, visiting professor positions and language assistant positions can be found here (no English information provided).


AXA Research Fund

The AXA Research Fund is an international funding body domiciled in Paris.

Funding is provided for basic research in three areas:

  • Life risks
  • Socio-economic risks
  • Environmental risks

Calls are published for some funding schemes, for others researchers have to be nominated by the "Search Committees".

  • Chairs (calls)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowships (calls)
  • Awards (nomination by Search Committees)
  • Outlooks and Joint Research Initiatives (nomination by Search Committees)

Application for Chairs and Post-doctoral Fellowships must by submitteb by the host institution. The application process is devided into differnet steps.


Human Frontier Science Program

The Human Frontier Science Program funds research into complex biological systems.

Germany is one of the program's partner countries. Researchers from Germany or those who want to come to Germany can participate in  all funding programs offered.

The following programs are offered, which provide funding for three years:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
    The program is devided into "Long Term Fellowships" for applicants form biological disciplines and "Cross Disciplinary Fellowships" for applicants from outside the life sciences.
  • Career Development Awards (only for former fellows)
  • Research Grants
    The these cooperation projects a distinction is made between "Young Investigators' Grants" for scientest holding their first independent research position and "Program Grants" for researchers of all career stages.


Additional national and international institutions

In addition to the funding institutions listed on these webpages, technical organizations, associations and other entities here and abroad also provide funding. Some of these are listed below.

In the following, we only list programs whose websites provide information in English. For a more comprehensive survey on German research funding institutions, please consult the German version of this site. International researchers may be eligible to apply  even if no information in English is provided.


Open and interdisciplinary

Funding body

Research discipline

Typ of funding

Balzan Prize depending on the call awards
The Intercultural Innovation Award
cultural diversity awards
Mexican Government open stays in Mexico


Humanities and social sciences

Funding body

Research discipline

Typ of funding

Holberg Prize humanities and social sciences awards
Kluge Prize humnities and social sciences awards
Society for endangered languages
endangered languages travel grants,
publishing grants
Society for Canadian Studies in German-speaking countries Canadian Studies publishing grants
 Mexican Government Mexican Studies stay in Mexico


Natural sciences

Funding body

Research discipline

Typ of funding

German Physical Society
Physics awards
Abel Prize Mathematics awards


Life sciences and Medicine

Funding body

Research discipline

Typ of funding

The German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery research grants
Keio Medical Science Prize Medical sciences awards
ESCIMD Clinical Microbiology and Infectous Diseases awards
The German Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery awards




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