Leibniz Junior Research Groups

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Funded by

Leibniz Association

In brief

Leibniz Junior Research Groups offer talented and promising junior researchers an opportunity to conduct independent research, employ their own staff and work with excellent equipment and infrastructures. Successful candidates are enabled to set up their own research group in the inspiring research environment of a Leibniz Institute.

Who can apply?

Postdoctoral researchers who

  • have completed their doctorate no longer than 5 years ago (exceptions apply)
  • have proven outstanding academic achievements in their field and
  • are planning to conduct an independent research project

Type and extent of funding

Funding: successful candidates will receive funding of up to 1.7 million euros. The funding goes towards the establishment of a junior research group with personnel costs (group leader, 2 to 3 doctoral candidates or postdoc group members) and adequate equipment and facilities.


5 years.


Calls are published every year in November and can be found on the Leibniz Association’s website. Candidates are asked to contact the Leibniz Institute of their choice with a draft of their application to discuss their project and its fit within the institute’s research strategy. Applications have to be submitted by the institute by March.