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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a research organisation that conducts applied research for both private and public enterprises as well as for the general benefit of the public. Fraunhofer supports internationally networked, application-oriented research and is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe.
Funding for Graduates and PhD Students
Studying for a doctorate within the framework of a project at a Fraunhofer Institute gives PhD students an insight into industrial and application-oriented research. Fraunhofer Institutes offer opportunities to complete an individual doctorate in industry- and application-oriented research projects in collaboration with various higher education institutions. Here PhD students work on their research projects in regular jobs and for appropriate remuneration in cooperation with project partners from industry while also being integrated in various other institute projects. Fraunhofer also participates in numerous research training groups financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Scholarships for especially talented PhD students are also available in these research groups.
Funding for Postdocs and Junior Researchers
Fraunhofer supports postdoctoral researchers to develop their own working groups and enables research stays at its institutes. The Fraunhofer Attract programme offers researchers substantial funding, responsibility for their own budget and staff recruitment, the opportunity to conduct research in close cooperation with industry at state-of-the-art Fraunhofer laboratories as well as ideal prospects in science and industry.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is a member of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), an association of European and national research institutions working in the fields of information and communication technology and applied mathematics. ERCIM supports young postdoctoral researchers from all over the world who are working in these fields. Scholarship holders can conduct research at one of these leading European research institutions.
Funding for Senior Researchers
Fraunhofer offers established researchers opportunities to lead their own research group and enables research stays in Germany or abroad. The Fraunhofer Attract programme offers researchers substantial funding, responsibility for their own budget and staff recruitment, the opportunity to conduct research in close cooperation with industry at state-of-the-art Fraunhofer laboratories as well as ideal prospects in science and industry.
The Humboldt Foundation and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft jointly grant up to three Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards a year. Scientists and scholars from all non-European countries who completed their doctorates less than 18 years ago can be nominated by the heads of institutes or senior researchers at institutes belonging to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.