Emmy Noether Programme

In brief

Outstanding early career 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.

Who can apply?

Postdocs and professors at an early stage of their careers who hold a temporary post with

  • an excellent research project
  • at least 2 years and up to a maximum of 4 years (medical researchers: up to 6 years) of postdoctoral experience
  • substantial international research experience

Further requirements

International applicants are eligible if they intend to continue their research career in Germany after the end of the funding period.

Type and extent of funding

Funding for an independent junior research group covering expenses for staff and consumables necessary to complete the project during the funding period. This also includes funding for the employment of the research group leader. A family allowance of up to 6,000 euros per year may be requested.


Generally 6 years.


Proposals can be submitted to the DFG at any time. Applications are submitted through an online application portal. You will find information about the application procedure on the programme website (see link below).

DFG research funding

Here you will find all you need to know about DFG funding programmes.

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