Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)

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Are you a highly qualified postdoc? Can you imagine a future at a German university? Then apply for PRIME, the “Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience“! This programme gives you the chance to spend 12 months abroad, while employed by a German university. The special programme provides jobs, not scholarships. Funding is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); the programme is administered by the DAAD. Applications are invited from postdoctoral researchers of all nationalities and disciplines.

Who can apply?

Requirements for applicants include the following:

  • PhD completed before the start of funding
  • free choice of country for the research phase abroad, provided that in the previous three years the applicant did not spend a total of more than twelve months in that country
  • invitations from host institutions in Germany and abroad
  • declaration of intent to employ the candidate (by the German university) if funding is approved

What form does funding take?

The main scholarship benefits are as follows:

  • total funding period of 18 months
  • twelve months spent abroad
  • six months spent in Germany
  • basic salary and international allowance, plus travel subsidy for the researcher, spouse/partner and children
  • invitation to attend an orientation seminar before programme begins

When is the closing date for applications?

The closing date for applications is 31 August 2021.
Funding begins on 1 June 2022.

Terms and conditions of application

The terms and conditions of application can be found here: > PRIME 2021/22