Walter Benjamin Programme

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In brief

The Walter Benjamin Programme enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice. The project can be carried out at a research institution in Germany or abroad, with the host institution providing support for the project.

Who can apply?

Postdoctoral researchers at an early career phase are eligible to apply to this programme. The project may not be based at an entity that is for-profit or that does not permit the publication of findings in a generally accessible form.

Type and extent of funding

Fellowships are provided to conduct research projects abroad and positions are provided to conduct research projects in Germany. Regardless of which funding type is selected, a general allowance for direct project costs (including travel and publication costs) and, where applicable, additional funding associated with high production costs (book format) will be granted.


As a rule, up to two 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).