Junior Researchers & Postdocs

Here you find a selection of funding programmes for international Postdocs & Junior Researchers by various funding organisations. For more funding opportunities please search our funding databases.

Selection of funding programmes (alphabetical order):

Postdocs

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Academies of Sciences and Humanities: prizes for junior researchers

Several academies honour young, usually postdoctoral researchers with prizes and medals.

Academies of Sciences and Humanities: prizes for junior researchers

Bilateral Exchange of Academics

The programme supports research and study visits up to three months within the framework of the bilateral exchange of scientists and scholars.

Bilateral Exchange of Academics

DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships in Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research

Outstanding doctoral students, scientists and researchers can complete a doctorate or conduct special research at an institute of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

DLR-DAAD Research Fellowships in Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research

Emmy Noether Programme

Outstanding junior 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.

Emmy Noether Programme

ERC Starting Grants

International postdoctoral researchers with 2 to 7 years of research experience can strengthen their research independence by establishing their own research team.

ERC Starting Grants

Fraunhofer Attract

International specialists in application-oriented research can set up a new research group at a Fraunhofer Institute to develop their ideas into actual innovations.

Fraunhofer Attract

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Junior researchers in all disciplines from developing countries, emerging economies and transition states can carry out a research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice in Germany.

Georg Forster Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration

These grants support international collaboration by enabling eligible German and international researchers and academics to plan partner visits, trips abroad and/or joint workshops with their partners.

Grants to Support the Initiation of International Collaboration

Head of a Max Planck Research Group at a Max Planck Institute

Junior researchers can conduct independent research work at a Max Planck Institute by establishing their own Max Planck Research Group.

Head of a Max Planck Research Group at a Max Planck Institute

Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups

The best junior researchers receive excellent working conditions in a research-oriented environment. Researchers are granted independence early on and can set up and lead their own research group at a Helmholtz Centre.

Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups
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