Funding Organisations: Postdocs/Junior Researchers

Here you find German funding organisations providing funding opportunities for international Postdocs and Junior Researchers.

Academies of Sciences and Humanities

The German academies of sciences and humanities honour researchers with prizes and medals and also award scholarships. More Academies of Sciences and Humanities

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes research collaborations between excellent foreign and German researchers. It grants more than 700 research fellowships and research awards every year. More Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

European Union

The EU is funding research in a variety of ways through Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. These measures do not only include support for basic and applied research, but also funding programmes for collaboration and exchange in higher education. More European Union


Public and private foundations enable research through the provision of funding. The range of different foundations is very wide. Many of them specifically aim to promote young talent. More Foundations

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft supports internationally networked, application-oriented research and is the largest organisation of its kind in Europe. More Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers More German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The DFG is the central research funding organisation in Germany. It supports research projects and funds cooperation between researchers – also at an international level. More German Research Foundation (DFG)

Helmholtz Association

The Helmholtz Association is the largest German research organisation. It offers several opportunities for young researchers. More Helmholtz Association


The Leibniz Association brings together 88 research institutions working in many different disciplines. It offers many interesting opportunities for doctoral students and senior researchers. More Leibniz-Association

Max Planck Society

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent non-profit research organisation. It also has a duty to support young researchers. More Max Planck Society