Junior researchers & postdocs

Here you find a selection of funding programmes for international postdocs and 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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Helmholtz Young Investigator 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 Investigator Groups

Humboldt Research Fellowship

International junior and senior researchers in all disciplines can carry out their own research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice at a research institute in Germany.

Humboldt Research Fellowship

International Climate Protection Fellowship

Postdocs and young leaders from non-European emerging economies or developing countries who work in the area of climate protection can pursue a long-term scientific project at a host institution of their choice in Germany.

International Climate Protection Fellowship

International Visiting Researchers at Max Planck Institutes

International researchers can conduct independent research at a Max Planck Institute. The programme aims to strengthen cooperation and promote networking between Max Planck Institutes and their international partners.

International Visiting Researchers at Max Planck Institutes

Leibniz Junior Research Groups

Promising junior researchers are enabled to set up their own research group in the inspiring research environment of a Leibniz Institute.

Leibniz Junior Research Groups

Lise Meitner Excellence Programme

Female junior scientists with outstanding qualifications will be enabled to establish their own research group at one of the renowned Max Planck Institutes.

Lise Meitner Excellence Programme

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral researchers of any nationality can enhance their qualifications and diversify their competences by conducting a research project at a research institution in Germany.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Postdoctoral Fellowships

Max Planck Grants for Advanced Postdoctoral Training

Postdocs can gain additional knowledge and skills at a Max Planck Institute on the basis of their prior professional qualifications.

Max Planck Grants for Advanced Postdoctoral Training

Max Planck Research Group Leader

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

Max Planck Research Group Leader

Philipp Schwartz Initiative

The Philipp Schwartz Initiative enables universities and research institutions in Germany to host researchers at risk on the basis of a full fellowship.

Philipp Schwartz Initiative
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