Walter Benjamin Programme

In brief

This programme gives early career researchers with outstanding qualifications the chance to pursue their own research project at a German research institution of their choice – and also researchers integrated in the German research system the opportunity to go abroad.

Who can apply?

Postdocs at a very early stage of their academic career.

Type and extent of funding

For a research stay abroad: fellowship. For Germany: funding of a research position; allowance to cover direct project costs and, where applicable, additional publication costs (book format).


Generally up to 2 years.


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

DFG research funding

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