FUNDING YOUR RESEARCH IN GERMANY 2021/2022

 
FUNDING YOUR RESEARCH IN GERMANY 2021/2022
FUNDING YOUR
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        Grants, fellowships and
        awards for international PhD
        students and researchers

IN GERMANY                2021/2022
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FUNDING YOUR RESEARCH IN GERMANY 2021/2022
FUNDING YOUR
RESEARCH
        Grants, fellowships and
        awards for international PhD
        students and researchers

IN GERMANY                 2021/ 2022

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FUNDING YOUR RESEARCH IN GERMANY 2021/2022
ABOUT                                           this brochure

    Germany is a great place for research. Become part of a large international
    ­research community and benefit from various funding opportunities for
     ­international researchers!

    We have compiled this brochure to help you find the right programme to
    ­finance your research stay as a PhD student, postdoc or senior researcher.
     It contains a selection of the most important funding opportunities and
     ­information about how and where you can apply.

    The tables at the beginning of our brochure allow you to gain an overview
    of the funding programmes that best match your needs. At the end of the
    ­brochure you will find a convenient list of all the funding organisations and
     their programmes together in one place.

    Links take you to additional information about the programmes or to
    ­application websites. Please check there on the details of the application
     ­procedure.

    Bear in mind that there are many more funding opportunities for your ­
    research stay, e.g. programmes that are for researchers in specific fields
    or only support a small number of individuals. Take a look at the
    databases at the end of this brochure to learn more.

    For additional information, we recommend you contact the respective
    funding organisation.

    We wish you every success!
    Details of all programmes are also available online:
    www.research-in-germany.org/funding-programmes

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FUNDING YOUR RESEARCH IN GERMANY 2021/2022
CONTENTS
About this brochure ___________________________ 4

Which programme is best for me? ________________ 6

Funding and
research organisations _________________________ 12

German funding programmes ___________________ 14

European funding programmes A–Z ______________ 62

All programmes listed by organisation _____________ 69

Useful links __________________________________ 72

About Research in Germany_____________________ 74

Imprint _____________________________________ 75

      PHD STUDENTS Students who have a degree or a
      comparable qualification that entitles them to pursue doctoral
      study or who are working on a doctorate.

      POSTDOCS/JUNIOR RESEARCHERS Young researchers
      who hold a doctorate or a qualification that is equivalent to
      a doctorate.

      SENIOR RESEARCHERS Researchers who hold a doctorate
      or a qualification that is equivalent to a doctorate and have
      (several years of) relevant (research) experience.

      Professional requirements can vary from one programme
      to another; please consult the respective programme for
      precise requirements.

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FUNDING YOUR RESEARCH IN GERMANY 2021/2022
OVERVIEW
    Which programme is best for me?
    An overview of funding programmes

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FUNDING
     organisations

     ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT FOUNDATION
     The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation supports cooperation between
     outstanding international and German researchers. For that purpose it
     awards more than 800 research scholarships and prizes every year,
     ­including the renowned Alexander von Humboldt Professorship. One spe-
       cial feature is the world-spanning Humboldt Foundation Network that
      ­offers lifelong networking, as well as renewed funding and support.
       This alumni network is made up of over 30,000 Humboldtians, including
       56 Nobel Prize winners.
     info@avh.de, www.humboldt-foundation.de

     GERMAN ACADEMIC EXCHANGE SERVICE
     The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the world’s largest
     funding organisation for the international exchange of students and
     ­researchers. Since its foundation the DAAD has supported over 2.6 million
      scholars at home and abroad. The members of this largely publicly-funded
      association are German higher education institutions and ­
     student bodies.
     postmaster@daad.de, www.daad.de

     DEUTSCHE FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT
     The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is
     the central research funding organisation in Germany. With an annual budget
     of 3.3 billion euros, it finances approx. 31,000 research projects.
     The DFG is an independent, self-governing organisation for science and re-
     search. All its decisions are therefore made directly by the research sector i­ tself.
     The bottom-up principle applies. It serves all branches of science and the
     ­humanities. Every postdoctoral researcher at a German research insti­tution can
      apply to the DFG for funding for his or her research.
     info-nachwuchs@dfg.de, www.dfg.de

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RESEARCH
organisations

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is one of the world’s leading organisations for
applied research. The 74 independent institutes of this association cover a
wide range of fields, including health and environment, security and pro­
tection, communication and knowledge, transport and mobility, energy and
­resources as well as production and the provision of services. Fraunhofer
 works mainly on behalf of contractors in industry or the public sector.
info@zv.fraunhofer.de, www.fraunhofer.com

HELMHOLTZ ASSOCIATION
Helmholtz is Germany’s largest scientific organisation. Its 19 Research C
                                                                        ­ entres
run some of the most important large-scale research facilities and scientific
­infrastructures in Europe. Helmholtz focuses on six research fields: Energy;
 Earth and Environment; Health; Information; Matter; and Aeronautics, Space
 and Transport. The Helmholtz Centres cover the entire spectrum from basic
 to application-oriented research.
org@helmholtz.de, www.helmholtz.de

LEIBNIZ ASSOCIATION
The Leibniz Association connects 96 independent research institutions that
range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences
to ­economic, spatial and social sciences and the humanities. Leibniz Institutes
­address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance and provide
 advice to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. They conduct
 ­knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific
  infrastructure and provide research-based services.
international@leibniz-association.eu, www.leibniz-association.eu

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is one of Germany’s
largest independent, non-profit research organisations. More than 12,500
­researchers, postdocs, doctoral students, scholarship holders and visiting
 ­researchers at 86 Max Planck Institutes and research facilities conduct
  basic research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and
  ­humanities. The focus is on innovative research fields which are especially
   ­demanding in terms of funding or time requirements.
career@gv.mpg.de, www.mpg.de

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GERMAN
     FUNDING
     PROGRAMMES
     A–Z
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Senior researchers

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship
IN BRIEF                                           In addition, it should achieve synergy
Winners of this most highly-endowed                effects in the development and struc-
­research award in Germany are honoured            ture of the host institution.
 for their outstanding research record and       	The host institution must guarantee
 can carry out long-term and groundbreak-           that the necessary infrastructure is
 ing research at a university or research           available to carry out the award
 ­institute in Germany. By 2024, up to 30          ­winner’s research.
  ­additional Alexander von Humboldt Pro-
                                                 	Nominating institutions must explain
fessorships will be created in the field of
                                                   how they intend to continue the
artificial intelligence (AI). Scientists from
                                                   award winner’s long-term affiliation
all disciplines can be nominated for these,
                                                   to their institution beyond the fund-
provided their work relates to the research
                                                   ing period.
and use of AI and its impacts on society.
                                                TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
WHO CAN APPLY?
                                                Funding of 5 million euros for researchers
A nomination can only be made in favour
                                                in experimental disciplines, 3.5 million
of senior researchers with exceptional
                                                ­euros for researchers in theoretical
qualifications who
                                                 ­disciplines. Award winners may take up to
 	live and work outside Germany                  180,000 euros per year from the award
 	are eligible to be appointed to full           funds as their personal income.
   ­professorships in Germany
                                                DURATION
 	are internationally recognised as
                                                5 years.
   ­leaders in their research field
 	can also be expected to complete             APPLICATION
   ­further cutting-edge research in the        Two selection rounds per year; deadlines:
    ­future                                     15 April and 15 September. It is not pos­
                                                sible for researchers to apply themselves;
FURTHER REQUIREMENTS                            nominations can only be made by German
 	The Alexander von Humboldt Profes-           universities or non-university ­research
   sorship is expected to contribute to         ­institutions jointly with German
   the internationalisation of forward-          ­universities.
   looking research areas in Germany.

www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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Postdocs/Junior researchers
     Senior researchers

     Bilateral Exchange of Academics
     IN BRIEF                                         	The costs of the outward and return
     The programme supports research stays by           journey are borne by the respective
     researchers and scholars within the frame-         sending country.
     work of bilateral exchange agreements            	The programme is restricted to certain
     ­between Germany and partner countries.            countries of origin. For country-­
     WHO CAN APPLY?
                                                        specific information please check the
     International researchers who                      programme website (see link below).

      	normally will have completed a               TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
        doctoral degree                              Fellowship of 2,000 to 2,150 euros per
      	work at a university or research institute   month, depending on academic status.
        in their home country
                                                     DURATION
      	have good academic achievements and,         2 weeks to 3 months.
        if applicable, publications, which must
        be documented in the CV, and a list          APPLICATION
        of publications                              Applications must be submitted online
      	have a convincing and well-planned             through the DAAD portal. You can
        ­research project                            ­access the application portal through the
                                                      scholarship database. The application
     FURTHER REQUIREMENTS                             details vary from country to country. For
      	The dates and purpose of the stay must        specific information please check the
        be agreed in advance with the academic        programme website (see link below).
        host institute in Germany. Applicants
        require a written acknowledgment from
        the host confirming the academic
        ­co­operation and the availability of a
         work place.
      	Funding is only available when German
        researchers also apply for a research
        ­fellowship at the same time.

     www.funding-guide.de (please select “DAAD funding programmes only”)

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PhD students
Postdocs/Junior researchers
Senior researchers

DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships in the Fields of Space,
Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research
IN BRIEF                                      TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
Outstanding scientists and researchers        The fellowship for PhD students is
can conduct research and PhD students         1,760 euros per month with additional
can complete a doctorate in the fields        flat-rate travel allowance, health insur-
of space, aeronautics, energy and trans-      ance and family allowances. Junior
portation research at an institute of the     ­researchers receive a fellowship of 2,400
­German Aerospace Center (DLR).                euros per month and senior researchers
                                               2,760 euros per month.
WHO CAN APPLY?
International PhD students, postdocs and      DURATION
senior ­researchers with                         36 months for PhD students
 	a very good university degree equivalent    	6 to 24 months for junior ­researchers
   to a German Master’s degree or doctor-      	1 to 3 months for senior ­researchers
   ate in a relevant subject
 	excellent English language skills          APPLICATION
                                              Please visit the DAAD-DLR website for
FURTHER REQUIREMENTS                          ­details of fellowships. Available
The fellowships are defined and awarded        ­fellowships and application deadlines are
on an individual basis. Each fellowship         listed under “Current offers”. Your
­advertisement will indicate the specific       ­application must be submitted online
 qualification requirements and terms of         through the DAAD portal. You can access
 the visit.                                      the application portal through the
                                                 ­scholarship database. Some documents
                                                  need to be sent separately by post. For
                                                  ­information on how and where to apply,
                                                   please check the programme website
                                                   (see link below).

www.daad.de/dlr
www.funding-guide.de (please select “DAAD funding programmes only”)
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Postdocs/Junior researchers

     Emmy Noether Programme
     IN BRIEF                                     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Outstanding junior researchers can           Funding for an independent junior
     ­rapidly qualify for leading positions in    ­research group covering expenses for
      science and research or for a university     staff and consumables necessary to
      teaching career by heading an independent    ­complete the project during the funding
      junior research group and assuming            period. This also includes funding for
      ­relevant teaching duties.                    the employment of the research group
                                                    leader. A family allowance of up to
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                 6,000 euros per year may be requested.
     Postdocs and professors at an early stage
     of their careers who hold a temporary post   DURATION
     with                                         Generally 6 years.
      	an excellent research project
                                                  APPLICATION
      	at least 2 years and up to a maximum      Proposals can be submitted to the DFG
        of 4 years (medical researchers: up to    at any time. Applications are submitted
        6 years) of postdoctoral experience       through an online application portal. You
      	substantial international research        will find information about the application
        ­experience                               procedure on the programme website
                                                  (see link below).
     FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
     International applicants are eligible if
     they intend to continue their research
     ­career in Germany after the end of
      the funding ­period.

     www.dfg.de/emmy_noether/en

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Postdocs/Junior researchers
Senior researchers

Fraunhofer Attract
IN BRIEF                                       FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
 Fraunhofer Attract offers outstanding         The application must be submitted jointly
 scientists the opportunity to develop         by the researcher and the Fraunhofer
 ­innovative ideas towards an actual           Institute into which the research group is
  ­application by setting up their own         to be integrated.
   ­research group in close cooperation with
    industry. The grant provides scientists    TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING

    with an attractive package of both         Work contract and funding of up to 2.5
    f­unding and management responsibility,    million euros for 5 years (approx. 500,000
    as well as outstanding working             euros per year) for research staff,
    ­conditions in optimally equipped          ­equipment and the group leader’s salary.
­Fraunhofer labs.                              DURATION

WHO CAN APPLY?                                 5 years for the establishment of an
Junior and senior researchers                  independent group; long-term prospect
                                               of establishing a new R&D segment
 	with excellent qualifications and an
                                               within the Fraunhofer Institute and
   outstanding research track record
                                               assuming executive functions.
 	with at least a PhD or equivalent
   qualification, preferably postdoctoral      APPLICATION
   experience                                  Two calls for proposals per year. Appli­
                                               cations must be submitted to Fraunhofer
 	with a promising and innovative idea
                                               by email. Only joint applications by
   for industrial application matching
                                               the scientist and the institute director are
   the business and technology fields of
                                               considered. For addresses and
   a specific Fraunhofer Institute
                                               ­application deadlines please check the
 	with a firm grasp of traditional             programme website (see link below).
   leadership and management skills

https://s.fhg.de/attract-en

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Senior researchers

     Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award
     IN BRIEF                                        TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Award winners are honoured for their            Award of 45,000 euros.
     achievements in the field of applied
     ­research and are invited to conduct a          DURATION

     research project of their own choice            6 to 12 months. The research stay can be
     with fellow experts at one of the               divided into blocks.
      ­Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany.             APPLICATION

     WHO CAN APPLY?                                  Nominations can be submitted at any time.
     A nomination can only be made in favour         It is not possible for researchers to apply
     of senior researchers who                       themselves; nominations can only be
                                                     made by the heads of institutes or senior
      	have predominantly lived and worked
                                                     ­researchers at Fraunhofer Institutes.
        outside Europe for at least 5 years
      	completed their doctorate less than
        18 years ago
      	are recognised internationally as
        outstanding researchers in their field of
        applied research
      	are expected to continue producing
        ­cutting-edge research and have a ­lasting
         impact beyond their area of
         ­specialisation

     www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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Postdocs/Junior researchers

Freigeist Fellowships
IN BRIEF                                       TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
Freigeist Fellowships support outstand-        Project-related funding of up to 2.2 million
ing (junior) researchers who would like        euros is provided for both funding phases,
to conduct exceptional, high-risk research     including the Fellow’s own salary as junior
between established fields of research.        research group leader. The funding is
They will assume the leadership of their       f­lexible and can be adjusted according to
own junior research group and receive          the progress of the project and personal
the very broadest academic freedom for         development.
a clear time frame. The programme con-
sists of two funding phases: the first         DURATION

funding phase focuses on development           5 (+3) years or 6 (+2) years.
of independence and a specific research        APPLICATION
profile, while the second phase is intended     Applications can be submitted at any
to establish the position of the Frei­geist     time through the application portal
Fellow at a research institution in Germany.    at portal.volkswagenstiftung.de.
WHO CAN APPLY?                                  You will find the application deadline
Outstanding postdocs of all disciplines and     on the foundation’s website. It is
nationalities can apply. Applicants should      ­rec­ommended that you contact the
have completed their doctorate                   ­foundation before submitting your
at least 1 year, but no more than 4 years      ­application.
previously. A change of academic environ-
ment and a stay abroad are required.

FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
Integration in a university or a non-
uni­versity research institution in
Germany is ­required at the
­commencement of the ­Fellowship.

www.volkswagenstiftung.de > Funding

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Senior researchers

     Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award
     IN BRIEF                                     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
      Award winners are honoured for their        Award of 45,000 euros.
      outstanding research record and invited
      to conduct a research project of their      DURATION

      own choice in Germany in close              6 to 12 months. The stay can be divided
      ­collaboration with fellow experts at a     into blocks.
     ­research ­institution in Germany.           APPLICATION

     WHO CAN APPLY?                               Nominations can be submitted at any
     A nomination can only be made in favour      time. It is not possible for researchers ­
     of senior researchers who                    to apply themselves; nominations can
                                                  only be made by established researchers
      	have predominantly lived and worked
                                                  employed at a university or another
        outside Germany for at least 5 years
                                                  research institution in Germany.
      	are recognised internationally as
        ­outstanding researchers in their field
      	are expected to continue producing
        cutting-edge research and have a
        ­lasting impact beyond their area of
         specialisation
      	completed their doctorate less than
        18 years ago

     www.humboldt-foundation.de
     > Sponsorship programmes
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Senior researchers

Georg Forster Research Award
IN BRIEF                                    TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
Award winners are honoured for their        Award of 60,000 euros. In addition, award
­outstanding research record and are        winners are invited to carry out ­research
 ­invited to conduct a research project     projects of their own choice in Germany
of their own choice in Germany in close     in collaboration with fellow e­xperts.
  ­cooperation with fellow experts at a     To ­support the collaboration, additional
   ­research ­institution in Germany.       funding of up to 25,000 euros can be
The award is granted to researchers from    granted for conference participation,
developing countries, emerging              ­materials and equipment.
    ­economies and ­transition states.
                                            DURATION
WHO CAN APPLY?                              Up to 12 months.
A nomination can only be made in favour
of senior scientists who                    APPLICATION

 	are nationals of and have been living    The nomination period usually ends
   and working in developing countries,     on 31 October of each year. It is not ­
   emerging economies or transition         possible for researchers to apply
   states for at least the last 5 years     ­themselves; ­nominations can only be
   ­(excluding the People’s Republic of      made by ­established researchers
    China and India)                         employed at a ­university or ­another
                                             ­research institution in Germany.
 	are recognised internationally as
   outstanding researchers in their field
   and who have had a significant impact
   on their own discipline and beyond
 	are expected to continue developing
   research-based solutions to the
   specific challenges facing transition
   and developing countries

www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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Postdocs/Junior researchers
     Senior researchers

     Georg Forster Research Fellowship
     IN BRIEF                                        	several years of independent research
     Junior and senior researchers from                experience (experienced researchers)
     ­developing and transition countries can        	a good knowledge of German or
      carry out a research project in cooperation      ­English
      with an academic host of their choice in
      Germany. The research project must deal       FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
      with ­issues of relevance to the future       Applicants must present confirmation that
      ­development of the candidate’s country       research facilities are available, as well as
     or region of origin.                           a mentoring agreement and a detailed
                                                    ­expert’s statement by an academic host at
     WHO CAN APPLY?
                                                     a research institution in Germany.
     Researchers with
      	citizenship of or principal place           TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
        of ­residence and work in a developing      Fellowship of 2,670 euros (postdocs) or
        country, emerging economy or                3,150 euros (experienced researcher) per
        ­transition state (excluding the            month plus language course, travel
         ­People’s Republic of China and India)     ­expenses, family allowance, extensive
                                                     alumni sponsorship and allowance for
      	a doctorate or a comparable academic
                                                     ­research costs (for the host institution).
        qualification completed fewer than
        4 years (postdocs) or 12 years (experi-     DURATION
        enced researchers) previously               6 to 24 months (postdocs) or 6 to 18
      	academic publications that have been        months (experienced researchers); the
        peer-reviewed according to interna-         ­fellowship for experienced researchers can
        tional standards (postdocs)                  be divided up into a maximum of 3 stays.
      	their own, clearly-defined research         APPLICATION
        profile documented by a compre­             Applications can be submitted
        hensive list of academic publications       online at any time. You can access the
        that have been peer-reviewed                ­online ­application form on the
        ­according to international standards        ­programme ­website (see link below).
         (ex­perienced researchers)

     www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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Postdocs/Junior researchers
Senior researchers

Grants to Support the Initiation
of International Collaboration
IN BRIEF                                       DURATION
This programme serves to establish             Maximum of 3 months for trips abroad
­collaborative relationships between           and guest visits; all activities must take
 ­international partners. Researchers can      place within 12 months.
  explore opportunities for international
  collaboration or prepare a concrete          APPLICATION

  joint research project. The programme        Applications can be submitted to the
  funds bilateral workshops, trips             DFG at any time. There is a special ­
  abroad and guest visits.                     online ­ap­plication portal for this purpose.
                                               You will find information about the
WHO CAN APPLY?                                 application procedure on the ­
Junior and senior researchers who              programme website (see link below).
 	hold a doctorate
 	are working at a German research
   ­institution (in Germany or abroad)
 	can outline the basis for the research
   benefit of the project as well as
   the concrete objective and the added
   ­value created by the international
    ­collaboration

TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
 Grant including allowances for
­parti­­­ci­pation in bilateral workshops
 and events in the partner country.
 Support ­is ­provided for visits with daily
 allowances of 105 to 160 euros or
 ­monthly ­allowances depending on
  ­academic ­status; in addition, allowances
   are also paid for travel abroad.

www.dfg.de/international_collaboration

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PhD students
     Postdocs/Junior researchers

     Green Talents
     IN BRIEF                                       TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     The winners of this competition are            Grant for a research journey
     ­invited to a Science Forum that takes         and a research stay.
     them on a journey to leading German
      ­institutions of environmental and            DURATION

       ­sustainability research. Furthermore,       2-week Science Forum; research stay of up
        Green Talents awardees receive the          to 3 months.
        unique opportunity to complete a BMBF-      APPLICATION
        funded research stay at an institution      Detailed information about the
        of their choice during the year following   ­programme, including links
        the Science Forum.                           for a compe­tition alert and the online
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                  application tool, are available on the
     Non-German citizens or anyone not               Green Talents website (see link below).
     ­residing in Germany who
      	is currently enrolled in a Master’s
        or PhD programme or must have
        ­completed their degree (Master’s/PhD)
         with significantly above-average
         grades no more than 3 years before
         the end of the application period
      	has a strong focus on and an
        ­inter­disciplinary approach to
         ­sustainable development
      	has an excellent command of the
        ­English language

     www.greentalents.de

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Senior researchers

Heisenberg Programme
IN BRIEF                                    FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
Excellent researchers can prepare for a      	The research project must be of high
leading position in science and research       academic quality and originality and
and spend time working on an advanced          meet international standards.
research topic at an institution of their    	Those who choose the Heisenberg
choice. The Heisenberg Programme allows        professorship must find a German
applicants to choose between a Heisen-         university that agrees to continue
berg fellowship, a Heisenberg position, a      funding of the position when DFG
Heisenberg temporary substitute position       funding will expire.
and a Heisenberg professorship.
                                            TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
WHO CAN APPLY?                              Fellowship of 4,450 euros per month, an
Senior researchers and professors at        allowance for direct project costs and a
an early stage of their careers holding a   childcare allowance; employment contract
­temporary post who                         for professorship with a basic monthly
 	qualify for a professorship by holding   ­salary based on the pay scale for
   a postdoctoral habilitation degree or     ­professors (depending on the German
   equivalent qualification                   state, university and the fellow’s status),
 	have proven themselves by carrying         currently approx. 5,300 to 7,500 euros
   out particularly outstanding research      gross. Flexible research funding as well
                                              as travel and foreign allowances may
 	are expected to have the potential to
                                              be requested.
   gain further qualifications as
   ­university teachers                     DURATION
                                            Maximum of 5 years.

                                            APPLICATION
                                            Applications can be submitted to
                                            the DFG at any time. There is a special
                                            ­online application portal for this pur-
                                            pose. You will find information about
                                            the application procedure on the
                                             ­programme website (see link below).

www.dfg.de/heisenberg/en

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PhD students

     Helmholtz Research Schools and
     Graduate Schools
     IN BRIEF                                     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Helmholtz Research and Graduate              Work contract (usually part-time); the
     Schools offer structured doctoral training   salary is based on the collective agree-
     for ­highly qualified doctoral researchers   ment for public sector employees (cur-
     in partnership with universities.            rently approx. 4,100 to 4,400 euros per
     Young researchers gain considerable          month gross for a full-time position).
     ­experience of close research                In many research fields, doctoral
     cooperation between work groups.             ­researchers receive payment of 65% of
                                                  a full-time position (approx. 2,600 to
     WHO CAN APPLY?                               2,900 euros per month gross).
     Graduates with
      	an outstanding university degree          DURATION
        equivalent to a German Master’s           Generally 3 years with possible extension
        ­degree                                   of 1 year.
      	an academic qualification in the field    APPLICATION
        of the respective research institute      Applications should be submitted to
      	a relevant doctoral research proposal     the respective Helmholtz Centre. The
        for the respective research group         ­individual Centres advertise their
      	a good knowledge of the English            ­vacancies or set application deadlines. You
        ­language                                   will find links to the different schools and
                                                    vacancies on the website (see link below).

     www.helmholtz.de/phd

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Postdocs/Junior researchers

Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups
IN BRIEF                                          TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups               Funding amounting to a minimum of
­offer outstanding junior researchers early       300,000 euros per year, including expenses
 independence and the opportunity to set          for materials, supplies and investments as
 up and lead their own research group             well as work contracts for the group leader
 ­under excellent conditions at a Helmholtz       and for scientific or technical staff (3 on
  Centre. Leaders of Helmholtz Young              average). Half of the funding comes from
  ­Investigator Groups are offered a long-        the hosting Helmholtz Centre, the other
   term career perspective and tailored           half is provided by Helmholtz. The salary
   ­leadership training. They work closely with   of the group leader (generally based on the
    a ­university partner and have the oppor­     collective agreement for public sector
    tunity to gain teaching experience and the    ­employees) is currently approx. 4,500 to
    qualifications for a professorship. Young      6,500 euros per month gross.
    Investigator Groups are funded in all
    ­research fields of the Helmholtz Associa-    DURATION

tion: Energy; Earth and Environment;              5 years with an option of a permanent
Health; Information; Matter;                      ­position in case of a positive evaluation.
and Aeronautics, Space and Transport.             APPLICATION

WHO CAN APPLY?                                    Candidates must apply directly to the
Postdocs who                                      ­respective Helmholtz Centre. You will find
                                                   details of the application procedure and
 	have substantial international
                                                   the application forms on the programme
   research experience
                                                   website (see link below). The deadline
 	have outstanding academic                       for applications will be published on the
   ­achievements                                   ­programme website (see link below).
 	completed their doctorate between
   2 and 6 years ago

www.helmholtz.de/yig

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Senior researchers

     Humboldt Research Award
     IN BRIEF                                    TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Researchers from abroad, regardless         Award of 60,000 euros; extensive alumni
     of their discipline or nationality, are     sponsorship.
     ­honoured for their outstanding research
      record, and are invited to conduct a       DURATION

      ­research project of their own choice in   Up to 12 months.
       Germany in close collaboration with       APPLICATION
       fellow experts at a German research       Nominations can be submitted at
       ­institution.                             any time. It is not possible for researchers
     WHO CAN APPLY?                              to apply themselves; nominations can
     A nomination can only be made in favour     only be made by established researchers
     of senior researchers who                   ­employed at a university or
                                                  another ­research institution in Germany.
      	have predominantly lived and worked
        outside Germany for at least 5 years
      	are recognised internationally as
        outstanding researchers in their field
        and who have had a significant impact
        on their own discipline and beyond
      	are expected to continue producing
        cutting-edge research

     www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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Postdocs/Junior researchers
Senior researchers

Humboldt Research Fellowship
IN BRIEF                                     FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
Junior and senior researchers from           Applicants must present a confirmation
abroad in all disciplines can                that research facilities are available, as well
carry out their own long-term research       as a mentoring agreement and a detailed
project in collaboration with an academic    expert’s statement by an academic host at
host of their choice at a research           a research institution in Germany.
­institution in ­Germany.
                                             TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
WHO CAN APPLY?                               Fellowship of 2,650 euros per month
Researchers who                              ­(postdocs) or 3,150 euros per month
 	do not live and work in Germany            ­(experienced researchers) plus language
                                               course, travel expenses, family allowances,
 	have a doctorate or a comparable
                                               extensive alumni sponsorship and
   ­academic qualification completed
                                               ­allowance for research costs (for the host
    fewer than 4 years (postdocs) or
                                                institution).
    12 years (experienced researchers)
    ­previously                              DURATION
 	have academic publications that were      6 to 24 months (postdocs) resp. 6 to 18
   peer-reviewed according to interna-       months (experienced researchers), the
   tional standards (postdocs) or            ­fellowship for experienced researchers can
 	already have their own research            be divided up into a maximum of 3 blocks
   profile documented by a comprehen-         within 3 years.
   sive list of academic publications that   APPLICATION
   have been peer-reviewed according         Applications can be submitted online
   to international standards                at any time. You can access the online
   ­(experienced researchers)                ­application form on the programme
 	have several years of independent          ­website (see link below).
   ­research experience (experienced
    ­researchers)
 	have a good knowledge of German or
   English

www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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PhD students

     Individual Doctoral Projects
     at Fraunhofer Institutes
     IN BRIEF                                 TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     PhD students can complete a doctorate    Work contract with a salary based on the
     while working on exciting projects       collective agreement for public sector
     in the newest areas of technology with   ­employees. Bonuses possible depending
     state-­of-the-art equipment at a          on performance and success.
     Fraunhofer ­Institute.
                                              DURATION
     WHO CAN APPLY?                           Generally 3 years with possible extension
     PhD students with                        of up to 6 years.
      	an outstanding university degree
                                              APPLICATION
        equivalent to a German Master’s
                                              Applications should be submitted to the
        ­degree
                                              ­respective Fraunhofer Institute. Vacancies
      	the ability to conduct independent     and closing dates are advertised on the
        ­research                              websites of individual institutes or on the
      	teamworking and communication          job exchange (see link below).
        skills
      	a good knowledge of the English
        language

     www.fraunhofer.com > Jobs / Career
     www.fraunhofer.com > Institutes
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PhD students

Individual Doctoral Projects
at Leibniz Institutes
IN BRIEF                                    TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
PhD students can complete a doctorate       Work contract (usually part-time) with ­
while working in an excellent inter­        a salary based on the collective agreement
disciplinary research environment at a      for public sector employees of the ­German
Leibniz ­Institute.                         states (currently approx.­ ­
                                            3,800 euros per month gross for a
WHO CAN APPLY?                              full-time job).
PhD students with
 	an outstanding university degree         DURATION
   equivalent to a German Master’s          Generally 2 to 3 years with possible
   ­degree                                  ­extension of up to 1 to 2 years.
 	the ability to conduct independent       APPLICATION
   ­research                                Applications should be submitted to the
 	teamworking and communication            ­respective Leibniz Institute. Vacancies and
   skills                                    closing dates are advertised on the websites
 	a good knowledge of the English           of the individual institutes or on the job
   language                                  ­exchange (see link below).

                               www.leibniz-association.eu > Careers
                               www.leibniz-association.eu > Institutes & Museums
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PhD students

     Individual Doctoral Projects
     at Max Planck Institutes
     IN BRIEF                                      is ­possible within the framework of a
     PhD students can complete a doctorate         recruitment allowance. In addition, there
     within the scope of research work             is a special annual bonus. An (inter­
     ­conducted at a Max Planck Institute.         national) research stay may be subsidised.
     The doctoral degree is awarded
     by a university in Germany or abroad.         DURATION
                                                   3 years with possible extension
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                of up to 1 year.
     PhD students with
                                                   APPLICATION
      	an outstanding university degree
                                                   Applications can be submitted to the
        equivalent to a German Master’s
                                                   ­respective institute at any time. Vacancies
        ­degree
                                                    are advertised on the websites of the
      	an academic qualification in an             ­individual institutes or the Max Planck job
        ­appropriate subject for the advertised      ­exchange (see link below). Job offers and
         PhD research or for a relevant PhD           advertisements are also published on
         ­research proposal for the respective        ­Facebook and ­Twitter.
          research project
      	previous research experience
      	a good knowledge of the English
        language

     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Work contract with a salary based
     on the collective agreement for public
     ­sector ­employees (50 per cent), currently
      just ­under 2,000 euros per month
      gross. ­Depending on personal profile
      and ­research area, higher remuneration

     www.mpg.de/en > Career > Jobboard
     www.mpg.de/en > Research > Institutes
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Postdocs/Junior researchers

International Climate
Protection Fellowship
IN BRIEF                                      TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
Climate protection, biodiversity and          Monthly fellowship of 2,670 euros for
­sustainability are the issues that you can   postdocs; young leaders receive a monthly
 address with the International Climate       fellowship of 2,170 euros to 2,670 euros
 Protection Fellowship. Fellowships           ­depending on their career level; additional
 are awarded not only to postdocs, but also    ­financial support is available, for example
 to young leaders from non-European             for accompanying family members, travel
 ­emerging economies or developing coun-        costs or a German course.
tries who work in the area of climate
  ­protection. The Fellowship allows them     DURATION

to realise a long-term scientific project     12 to 24 months (postdocs);
   at a host ­institution of their choice     12 months (young leaders).
in Germany.                                   APPLICATION

WHO CAN APPLY?                                The application deadline is 1 March each
Postdocs who                                  year. You can access the online application
                                              form on the programme website (see link
 	have successfully completed a PhD
                                              below).
   or comparable academic degree in the
   areas of climate protection or
   ­climate-relevant resource protection
 	can provide evidence of academic
   ­publications in journals and
    ­publications peer-reviewed according
     to ­international standards and
 	have very good English and/or
   ­German language skills
and young leaders from relevant areas
with extensive professional experience,
initial experience of leadership
positions and relevant leadership skills.

www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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PhD students

     International Max Planck
     Research Schools
     IN BRIEF                                     a­ llowance. In addition, there is a
     PhD students can complete a doctorate in      special annual ­bonus. An (international)
     a structured programme that provides          ­research stay may be subsidised.
     ­excellent research conditions.
     The 65 International Max Planck Research     DURATION
     Schools (IMPRS) are jointly managed          3 years with possible extension of 1 year.
     by Max Planck Institutes and universities.
                                                  APPLICATION
     Students have the choice of receiving
                                                  Applications must be submitted to the
     their doctorates either from the German
                                                  ­respective IMPRS. Vacancies and
      ­university or their home university.
                                                   ­application deadlines are advertised on
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                 the ­websites of the respective institutes
     PhD students with                              or ­research schools (see link below).
      	an outstanding university degree
        equivalent to a German Master’s or
        Bachelor’s degree
      	an academic qualification in an
        ­appropriate subject for the respective
         research institute
      	relevant research experience
      	excellent English language skills

     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Work contract with a salary based on
     the collective agreement for public
     ­sector employees (50%); doctoral stu-
      dents ­currently receive just under 2,000
      euros per month gross. Depending on
      ­personal profile and research area,
       ­higher ­remuneration is possible within
        the framework of a recruitment

     www.imprs.mpg.de
     www.mpg.de/en > Career > Jobboard
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PhD students
    Postdocs/Junior researchers
    Senior researchers

    International Visiting Researchers
    at Max Planck Institutes
IN BRIEF                                      TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
International researchers can conduct          Grant and travel allowances are
­independent research at a Max Planck          ­dependent on personal profile and
 ­Institute. The programme aims to            ­research project.
  strengthen cooperation and promote
  ­networking between Max Planck Institutes   DURATION

   and their international partners.          Dependent on the host institute.
                                              The ­duration varies and visits can start at
WHO CAN APPLY?                                any time. PhD students: up to 6 months;
Scientists with                               ­postdocs: up to 2 years.
 	outstanding qualifications                 APPLICATION

   acknowledged research experience           Applications must be submitted directly
                                              to the respective Max Planck Institute.
                                              ­Vacancies are advertised on the websites
                                              of the individual institutes or the
                                              Max Planck job exchange (see link below).
                                               As a rule, ­fellowships for senior
                                               ­researchers are awarded on the initiative
                                                of the guests.

                                              www.mpg.de/en > Career > Jobboard
                                              www.mpg.de/en > Research > Institutes
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Senior researchers

     International Visiting Scholars
     at Leibniz Institutes
     IN BRIEF                                       DURATION
     Senior researchers can conduct research at     Dependent on the host institute. The
     a Leibniz Institute in Germany that            ­duration varies and visits can start at any
     relates to their specific field of interest.    time.
     The respective Leibniz Institute will
     host the senior scientist and support his or   APPLICATION

     her research in order to strengthen            Applications must be submitted directly
     cooperation and promote networking             to the respective Leibniz Institute. Please
     ­between Leibniz Institutes and their          feel free to contact the Leibniz Institutes of
     international partners.                        your interest to enquire whether they host
                                                    international visiting scholars. In
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                 addition, you will find information about
     Senior scientists with                         positions and application deadlines on the
      	outstanding qualifications                  Leibniz job portal linked below.
      	acknowledged research experience

     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Work contract or fellowship (depending
     on the financial resources of the host
     ­institute).

     www.leibniz-association.eu > Careers

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PhD students

Leibniz Graduate Schools
and ­Leibniz ScienceCampi
IN BRIEF                                     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
PhD students can train in a broad            Work contract (usually part-time) or
research area within an excellent research   ­scholarship; grants for consumables and
environment at an institution with an         travel allowances.
international reputation. They find ideal     The salary is based on the collective
conditions for completing a PhD in a          ­agreement for public sector employees
structured doctoral programme that can       of the German states (currently approx.
take place either at a Leibniz Institute     4,100 to 4,400 euros per month gross
or a partner university.                     for a full-time job).
                                             The size of the scholarship is based on
WHO CAN APPLY?                               qualifications and amounts to between
PhD students                                 1,150 and 1,450 euros per month.
 	with an excellent university degree
   equivalent to a German Master’s           DURATION
   ­degree                                   Scholarship for a maximum of 3 years.
                                             As a rule, work contracts are limited
 	with an academic qualification in an
                                             to 2 to 3 years with the possibility of
   ­appropriate subject for the respective
                                             extension.
    graduate school or
 	who will meet these requirements          APPLICATION
   within the next 6 months.                 Applications should be submitted
                                             directly to the relevant Leibniz Institute.
                                             Vacancies and application deadlines
                                             are advertised on the websites of the
                                             respective institutes or graduate
                                             schools (see link below).

www.leibniz-association.eu > Careers
www.leibniz-association.eu > Institutes & Museums
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Postdocs/Junior researchers

     Leibniz Junior Research Groups
     IN BRIEF                                      DURATION
     Leibniz Junior Research Groups offer          5 years.
     ­talented and promising junior researchers
      an opportunity to conduct independent        APPLICATION

      ­research, employ their own staff and        Calls are published every year in No­vember
     work with excellent equipment and infra-      and can be found on the Leibniz
     structures. Successful candidates are         ­Association’s website. Candidates are
     enabled to set up their own research group     asked to contact the Leibniz Institute
     in the inspiring research environment          of their choice with a draft of their
     of a Leibniz Institute.                        ­ap­plication to discuss their project and its
                                                   fit within the institute’s research strategy.
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                Applications have to be submitted
     Postdoctoral researchers who                  by the institute by March.
      	have completed their doctorate
        no longer than 5 years ago (exceptions
        apply)
      	have proven outstanding academic
        achievements in their field and
      	are planning to conduct an
        ­independent research project

     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Funding: successful candidates will receive
     funding of up to 1.7 million euros. The
     funding goes towards the establishment
     of a junior research group with personnel
     costs (group leader, 2 to 3 doctoral
     ­can­didates or postdoc group members)
      and adequate equipment and facilities.

       www.leibniz-association.eu > Careers

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Senior researchers

Leibniz Programme for Women Professors
IN BRIEF                                            WHO CAN APPLY?
The Leibniz Programme for Women                     Women in all disciplines
­Professors targets women in all disciplines         	who have an outstanding ­international
 who have an outstanding international                 track record
 track record. They will be granted a full
                                                     	who meet the requirements to hold a
 professorship position (W2/W3) which
                                                       professorship or already hold one
 is either permanent or which features a
 ­tenure-track option guaranteed by the              	whose research contributes to the
  ­university and the relevant Leibniz Institute.      ­institute’s and the collaborating
                                                        ­university’s research strategy

                                                    TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
                                                    Funding: successful candidates will ­receive
                                                    funding of up to 1.7 million euros to fund
                                                    their professorship, personnel and equip-
                                                    ment.

                                                    DURATION
                                                    5 years, with tenure or permanent ­position
                                                    afterwards.

                                                    APPLICATION
                                                    Calls are published every year in November
                                                    and can be found on the Leibniz
                                                    ­Association’s website. Candidates are
                                                     asked to contact the Leibniz Institute of
                                                     their choice with a draft of their applica-
                                                     tion to discuss their project and its fit
                                                     within the institute’s research strategy.
                                                     ­Applications have to be submitted by the
                                                      institute by March.

                                                    www.leibniz-association.eu > Careers

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Senior researchers

     Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships
     IN BRIEF                                       FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
     The Lichtenberg Endowed Professorship          A major criterion for the award of the
     gives researchers with outstanding             ­Endowed Professorship is the conceptual
     ­qualifications the opportunity to pursue       and structural strategy of the university
      highly innovative developments in con-         at which the professorship is to be based.
      temporary areas of research at a university    The Endowed Professorship must
      in Germany. They can define forward-           be ­established at a German university.
      looking and even high-risk subjects, which
      should also be followed up in an interdis-    TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING

      ciplinary way if possible, and implement      Funding: each professorship will be
      new teaching strategies.                      ­endowed with capital of at least 5 million
                                                     ­euros. The Volkswagen Foundation and,
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                 if applicable, one of the foundations
     Applications can be submitted by                 ­affiliated to the Stifterverband will each
     ­outstanding researchers                          provide starting capital of 1 million
      	at the level of an associate (W2)              euros per ­professorship. An additional
        or full (W3) professor                         3 million euros must be raised by the
                                                       ­German uni­versity. At least the professor-
      	in innovative fields of research
                                                        ship must be ­financed out of income
      	in all disciplines and                          earned from the capital.
      	of all nationalities
                                                    DURATION
     The programme is especially aimed
                                                    The amount is paid at one time. Support
     at ­returning German researchers or
                                                    is provided for 5 years. The professorship
     ­ap­plicants from outside Germany.
                                                    is permanent.

                                                    APPLICATION
                                                    You can apply at any time.
                                                    An application must be submitted
                                                    jointly with the university.

     www.volkswagenstiftung.de > Funding

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Postdocs/Junior researchers

Lise Meitner Excellence Programme
IN BRIEF                                     DURATION
This programme enables female junior         5 years. Subsequently, there is the
scientists from all over the world with      ­opportunity to take part in a tenure-track
­outstanding qualifications to establish      procedure for a permanent associate
 their own research group at one of the       ­professorship.
 ­renowned Max Planck Institutes.
A tenure-track option offers long-term       APPLICATION

employment security and clear career         Application is only possible in response to
prospects.                                   an advertisement. Central advertisements
                                             are normally published once a year in early
WHO CAN APPLY?                               spring. All positions are advertised in
Highly qualified female                      ­scientific journals and on their websites.
scientists who have
 	viable and innovative ideas
 	ideally already had first group leader
   experience
 	already acted as independent
   ­researchers at an early stage of their
    scientific careers

TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
Funding and work contract: the work
contract is based on the remuneration
system for university teachers (associate
professorship – W2 – position). Each
Lise Meitner Group receives its own
­personnel and materials funding and
 has access to the infrastructure of the
 ­respective Max Planck Institute.

www.mpg.de/lise-meitner-excellence-program

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Postdocs/Junior researchers

     Max Planck Grants for Advanced
     Postdoctoral Training
     IN BRIEF                                      DURATION
     Junior researchers can gain                   As a rule, work contracts are limited
     additional knowledge and skills at            to 2 to 3 years.
     a Max Planck ­Institute on the
      basis of their prior ­professional           APPLICATION

     qualifications.                               Positions are advertised in scientific
                                                   ­journals (also in international
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                 ­publications), on the Max Planck job
     Postdocs with                                   ­exchange or on the website of the
      	an outstanding doctorate in a relevant        ­respective institute. It is also possible
        field completed up to 10 years ago         to take the initiative and contact the
                                                       ­respective MPI directly.
      	at least 2 years of research ­experience

     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Work contract with a salary based on the
     collective agreement for public sector em-
     ployees. The salary is agreed depending
     on personal profile and research ­project.

     www.mpg.de/en > Career > Jobboard
     www.mpg.de/en > Research > Institutes
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Senior researchers

Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award
IN BRIEF                                          WHO CAN APPLY?
The Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award            Researchers can be nominated who
honours excellent researchers from abroad
                                                   	completed their PhD a maximum of
for their outstanding academic achieve-
                                                     15 years previously
ments. They are given the oppor­tunity to
set up a permanent research ­project at a          	at the time of nomination have
host institution of their choice in ­Germany.        ­primarily lived and worked abroad
The award is bestowed on an ­annually                for at least 5 years
­alternating basis in the fields of natural and    	on account of their extremely success-
 engineering sciences, life ­sciences, and           ful, unconventional, innovative and
 ­humanities and social ­sciences.                   daring research work can be reasonably
                                                     expected to achieve further scientific
                                                     breakthroughs

                                                  TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
                                                  Research budget of 1.5 million euros, plus
                                                  personal prize money of 80,000 euros.

                                                  DURATION
                                                  5 years.

                                                  APPLICATION
                                                  Nominations can be made solely by the
                                                  Max Planck Society.

                               www.humboldt-foundation.de > Sponsorship programmes

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Postdocs/Junior researchers

     Max Planck
     Research Group Leader
     IN BRIEF                                        DURATION
     Junior researchers can conduct independ-        5 years with two possible extensions of up
     ent research work at a Max Planck Institute     to 2 years each.
     by establishing their own Max Planck
     ­Research Group. Candidates receive their       APPLICATION

      own fixed budget to run their research         Application on advertisement only.
      group, in which PhD students and one           Positions at specific institutes are
      postdoc work together on a specific            ­advertised throughout the year. Central
      ­research topic.                                ­advertisements are normally published
                                                       once a year in autumn. All positions
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                    are advertised in scientific journals and
     Highly qualified postdocs who                     on their websites as well as on the
      	have viable and innovative ideas               websites of the respective institutes.
      	have ideally already had one to two
        postdoctoral positions
      	are in a position to realise an independ-
        ent research project

     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     Funding and work contract. The level
     of funding depends on the respective
     ­research area and research focus. It ­covers
      funding for staff, materials and operating
      costs, including the res­earcher’s own
      ­salary (W2 position).

     www.mpg.de/en > Career > Research groups leaders
     www.mpg.de/en > Career > Jobboard
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PhD students

Max Planck Schools
IN BRIEF                                       WHO CAN APPLY?
The Max Planck Schools in the forward-         Especially ambitious and promising
looking fields of cognition, photonics         Bachelor or Master graduates from all
and matter to life enable promising PhD        over the world.
students to work in close cooperation
with outstanding researchers on the latest     TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING

and most groundbreaking questions in           Scholarship: acceptance at a Max Planck
basic and applied research Renowned            School is linked with financial support.
­researchers at universities and non-uni-      DURATION
versity research institutes all over           5 years.
 ­Germany have come together for these
  special PhD programmes. As a result,         APPLICATION
  ­access to excellent infrastructures has     Application is possible on the basis of the
   become available at various research        requirements of the respective Max Planck
   ­f acilities and universities in Germany.   School; the selection procedure involves
                                               several stages. The respective school out-
                                               lines the exact requirements and further
                                               details on its website.

                                     www.maxplanckschools.de

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     PhD Fellowships
     IN BRIEF                                       TYPE AND EXTENT OF FUNDING
     The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF)           Basic stipend of 1,650 euros per month
     awards PhD fellowships to outstanding          plus a flat-rate for research-related costs of
     junior researchers who wish to carry           150 euros and country-related premiums
     out an ambitious scientific PhD project in     (e.g. 2,000 euros in total in Germany). In
     ­basic biomedical research at an inter­        addition to this:
      nationally leading laboratory.                 	personal support
     WHO CAN APPLY?                                  	financial support for international
     Applications for BIF PhD fellowships can          ­scientific conferences, courses, and
     be submitted by European citizens work-            ­laboratory co-operations
     ing in Europe or overseas as well as by         	family allowances (e.g. spouse and
     non-European citizens pursuing their PhD          child care allowances)
     projects in Europe. The PhD projects must       	scientific seminars to discuss the
     be experimental, in the field of basic bio-       ­fellow’s own scientific projects
     medical research, and aimed at elucidating
                                                     	communication trainings
     basic biological phenomena and acquiring
     new scientific knowledge.                       	worldwide network of fellows and
                                                       alumni
     FURTHER REQUIREMENTS
     Fellows are selected by the renowned           DURATION
     ­scientists comprising the Foundation’s        2 years. Maximum extension: 18 months.
      Board of Trustees. They make their
                                                    APPLICATION
      ­decision on the basis of specialist exter-
                                                    The deadlines for applications are
     nal reports and personal interviews.
                                                    1 February, 1 June and 1 October each year.
     The process is highly competitive. A suc-
     cessful PhD fellowship application must
     therefore be outstanding in terms of the
     candidate’s achievements to date, as well
     as the scientific quality of the proposed
     research project and host laboratory.

     www.bifonds.de

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