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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Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)

The PRIME programme enables postdocs of all nationalities who see their long-term career in Germany to combine employment at a German university with a research stay abroad.

Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (PRIME)

Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders

This programme is aimed at former DAAD or GDR scholarship holders. Funding is provided for research and work projects at a state-run or state-recognised higher education institution or non-university research institute.

Re-invitation Programme for Former Scholarship Holders

Research Grants

Junior and senior researchers can realise a research project on a specific subject within a limited period of time. The programme can provide support for project costs, staff and equipment required to carry out the project. 

Research Grants

Research Grants – One-Year and Short-Term Grants

International doctoral candidates and young scholars or researchers can realise a research or training project at a state or state-recognised German university or non-university research institution.

Research Grants – One-Year and Short-Term Grants

Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists

International university teachers and researchers can conduct a short-term research stay at a state-run or state-recognised university or non-university research institute in Germany.

Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists

Research Training Groups

Research training groups are set up by universities and pursue a focused research programme. PhD students and postdocs can complete a doctorate or engage in independent research activities.

Research Training Groups

Scientific Networks

Scientific Networks offer researchers with a PhD to engage in multi-year scientific exchange and cooperation on a topic area of their choice across various locations.

Scientific Networks

Search funding databases

There are more funding programmes available for international researchers. For more information you can either search the funding databases or go straight to funding organisations’ websites.

Search funding databases

Support for Early Career Researchers within Collaborative Research Centres

Collaborative Research Centres offer PhD students and junior researchers opportunities to pursue an outstanding research programme that crosses the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties.

Support for Early Career Researchers within Collaborative Research Centres

Walter Benjamin Programme

The Walter Benjamin Programme enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a German research institution of their choice.

Walter Benjamin Programme
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