Funding and Awards

Here you find a selection of funding programmes for international senior researchers and faculty by various funding organisations. For more funding opportunities please search our funding databases.

Selection of funding programmes (alphabetical order):

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Award winners receive the opportunity to carry out long-term and groundbreaking research in Germany.

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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.

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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).

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ERC Advanced Grants

Senior researchers of any nationality can carry out research projects at the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines. Interdisciplinary projects are highly encouraged.

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ERC Consolidator Grants

International senior researchers who completed their PhD thesis between 7 and 12 years ago can strengthen their research independence through the consolidation of their own research team.

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ERC Synergy Grants

The ERC Synergy Grants target excellent emerging scientists at the start of their career as well as established researchers with outstanding scientific track records.

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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.

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Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award

Senior researchers from outside Europe are invited to work closely with a partner at one of the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany. They become part  of a global network of researchers maintained by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award

Outstanding international researchers are invited to spend a period of 6 to 12 months cooperating on a research project with fellow experts at a research institute in Germany.

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Georg Forster Research Award

Senior researchers from developing countries, emerging economies and transition states are invited to cooperate on a long-term research project with fellow experts at a research institute in Germany.

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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.

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Heisenberg Programme

Excellent researchers can prepare for a leading position in science and research and spend time working on an advanced research topic at an institution of their choice.

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Humboldt Research Award

Researchers from abroad are invited to cooperate on a research project with fellow experts at a research institute in Germany.

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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.

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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.

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International Visiting Scholars at Leibniz Institutes

International senior researchers can conduct research at a Leibniz Institute in Germany that relates to their specific field of interest.

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Leibniz Programme for Women Professors

The programme seeks to significantly increase the number of excellent female researchers in leading positions at Leibniz Association institutions by offering them reliable career prospects.

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Lichtenberg Endowed Professorships

Outstandingly qualified researchers can pursue highly innovative developments in contemporary areas of research at a university in Germany.

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Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award

Excellent researchers from abroad are given the opportunity to set up a permanent research project at a host institution of their choice in Germany.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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