Funding Opportunities for Postdoctoral Scientists and Academics (Postdocs)
Early Postdoctoral Phase
You have successfully completed your doctorate and want to continue your scientific or academic career and you are looking for funding opportunities for your own research projects?
On the Jobs and Scholarships webpages, you will find a selection of funding and research options regarding:
- Research project with position
- Postdoc fellowship for research at the location of your choice
- Postdoc fellowship for research abroad
Eligibility for Professorship
You graduated with your doctorate some years ago, have developed your own field of research and have, ideally, been active abroad for 1-2 years and now want to prepare your next career steps? The eligibility for a professorship can be achieved with a German habilitation, via a junior professorship or a junior research group.
The Junior Research Groups webpages inform you about the funding possibilities of a junior research group.
Before the Appointment
You have the professional capability through a German habilitation, a junior professorship or a junior research group. Here you will find funding opportunities for this phase.
The Heisenberg Programme is aimed at scientists, who have obtained their eligibility for a professorship via the Emmy Noether Programme, DFG projects and research activities in the economy or mid-level academic positions. Four different types of funding are available within the Heisenberg Programme: Heisenberg position, Heisenberg temporary substitute position for clinicians, Heisenberg professorship and Heisenberg fellowship. Once you have been accepted to the Heisenberg Programme, you can select from the funding types and/or combine them during the five-year funding period.
Lichtenberg Professorship (VW)
The Volkswagen Foundation wants to combine individual and institution-specific support with the Lichtenberg Professorship. Outstanding scientists will be given the opportunity to select a German university and carry out research independently and in the long term in innovative and interdisciplinary areas [last call 5 June, 2018].
The ERC Consolidator Grants promote promising junior researchers whose own independent working group is in the consolidation phase. You can also find further information on the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research website (only German).
Further Funding Opportunities for Postdocs
The academies of sciences, the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst and other institutions regularly announce fellowships for postdocs. The aim of this moral or financial assistance is to promote the (scientific) career through the ability to network or to develop own networks. The own position cannot be acquired with these fellowships. Funding opportunities can be found in ELFI; here is a selection of funding examples:
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The Graduate Academy of the University of Oldenburg offers specific workshops for the career development of postdocs in different career phases and informs you about topics concerning the promotion of junior researchers in Oldenburg.
The German University Association (DHV) also offers a variety of consulting opportunities and courses for postdocs.