All Funding Programmes

Here you find a selection of funding programmes for international graduates and PhD students, postdocs, junior researchers, senior researchers and teaching staff by various funding organisations. For more funding opportunities please search our funding databases.

Selection of funding programmes (alphabetical order):


Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Award winners receive the opportunity to carry out long-term and groundbreaking research in Germany. More Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Anneliese Maier Research Award

Internationally acclaimed scholars in the humanities and social sciences can collaborate on their own research projects with colleagues in Germany. More Anneliese Maier Research Award

Bilateral Exchange of Academics

The programme supports research and study visits up to three months within the framework of the bilateral exchange of scientists and scholars. More Bilateral Exchange of Academics

ERC Advanced Grants

Senior researchers of any nationality can carry out research projects at the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged. More ERC Advanced Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants

International postdoctoral researchers who completed their PhD thesis between 7 and 12 years ago can strengthen their research independence through the consolidation of their own research team. More ERC Consolidator Grants

ERC Starting Grants

International postdoctoral researchers with 2–7 years of research experience can strengthen their research independence through the consolidation of their own research team. More ERC Starting Grants

Emmy Noether Programme

Outstanding junior researchers can rapidly qualify for leading positions in science and research or for a university teaching career by heading an independent junior research group and assuming relevant teaching duties. More Emmy Noether Programme

Fraunhofer Attract

International specialists in application-oriented research can set up a new research group at a Fraunhofer Institute to develop their ideas into actual innovations. More Fraunhofer Attract

Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

Award winners from outside Europe are invited to work closely with a partner at one of the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany for up to 12 months. They become part of a global network of researchers maintained by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. More Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Outstanding researchers are invited to spend a period of 6 to 12 months cooperating on a research project with fellow experts at a research institute in Germany. More Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award