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Other international funding opportunities

On the following page you will find information on further funding opportunities from various international funding bodies.

The research support office offers you personal information about the various funding opportunities and advises you on funding opportunities for your project idea!

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

With the Humboldt Research Fellowships for Postdoctoral Researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables academics from abroad with above-average qualifications who are at the beginning of their academic careers to embark on research stays in Germany.

The research project is carried out in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Applicants choose their own research project and hosts in Germany.

Requirements:

  • Completion of doctoral degree max. 4 years prior to the receipt of application or imminent completion (at the earliest 6 months before the completion date).
  • Scientific publications in journals and publishers refereed according to international standards
  • Confirmation of a research position and supervision as well as a detailed expert opinion by a scientific host at a research institution in Germany
  • Reference report from the supervisor of the doctoral thesis and another scientist on the applicant's qualifications, if possible from outside the applicant's own institute.
  • Language skills - medicine: Good knowledge of German, if required for the successful completion of the research project, otherwise good knowledge of English;
  • Eligible applicants: At least 12 months of residence outside Germany in the last 18 months prior to receipt of application. German citizens* are eligible to apply, provided that their center of work and life has been abroad for at least 5 years and permanently.

Funding:

  • The monthly scholarship amounts to 2,670 €.
  • If applicable, additional benefits (travel allowance, family allowance, ...)
  • Research allowance to the hosts in Germany amounting to 800,- € per month.
  • Duration: 6-24 months

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

With the Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables academics from abroad with above-average qualifications to undertake research stays in Germany.

Applicants are expected to have a clearly recognisable, independent academic profile. As a rule, they should therefore already be working as an assistant professor or head of a junior research group or have several years of independent scientific activity.

The research project will be carried out in cooperation with scientific hosts at research institutions in Germany. Applicants choose their own independent research project and hosts in Germany.

Requirements:

  • Completion of doctoral degree max. 12 years prior to receipt of application
  • Independent scientific profile, evidenced by an extensive list of scientific publications in journals and publishers refereed according to international standards;
  • Confirmation of a research position and supervision as well as a detailed expert opinion by a scientific host at a research institution in Germany.
  • Two reference letters of recommendation from important cooperation partners or scientists at the applicant's own institute and at other institutes, if possible also outside the country of origin;
  • Language skills - medicine: Good knowledge of German, if required for the successful implementation of the research project, otherwise good knowledge of English;
  • Eligible applicants: At least 12 months of residence outside Germany in the last 18 months prior to receipt of application. German citizens are eligible to apply, provided that their center of work and life has been abroad for at least 5 or 10 years and permanently.

Funding:

  • The monthly scholarship amounts to 3 170 €.
  • If applicable, additional benefits (travel allowance, family allowance, ...)
  • Research allowance to the hosts in Germany amounting to 800 € per month.
  • Duration: 6-18 months, division into up to three stays within a period of 36 months with a minimum stay of three months is possible.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

DFG - Walter Benjamin-Program

Application Guide & FAQs.

Objectives:

  • Promotion of early scientific career,
  • Own research project in or outside Germany,
  • Support mobility and thematic development, therefore a change of institution is foreseen.

Prerequisites:

  • Researcher in early scientific career with doctorate at the time of application (orientation framework is the EU definition "recognized researcher" (R2)).
  • Funding outside Germany, if the applicants are integrated into the German science system (at least 3 years of uninterrupted scientific activity in Germany during the doctoral/postdoctoral phase immediately prior to application).
  • If the applicant is staying outside Germany at the time of application, funding can be granted abroad if the majority of the school and university education was completed in Germany and a maximum of 3 years have been spent abroad for research purposes after the doctorate (at home or abroad)
  • at the time of application, max. 1 year of previous scientific activity at the institution selected for the fellowship
  • A confirmation from the hosting or employing institution must be attached to the application.

Funding:

  • Duration: usually two years
  • Funding in the Walter Benjamin Program takes the form of a position in Germany.
  • Outside Germany, funding is provided in the form of a stipend.
  • Additional lump sum for material costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

KlarText Award for Science Communication

The aim of the KlarText Award for Science Communication is to write a popular science article for readers with no prior knowledge of the subject that explains in a clear, understandable and even exciting way what was researched in the doctoral thesis: What was the background of the research question, what was the procedure, what was the drive - and what was found out?

The article must be written in German, therefore please refer to the German page.