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Resources for Postdocs

Germany is a land of ideas, where education, science and research play a central role. It is also one of the most popular destinations in the world for scientists and researchers. There is a wealth of funding available for postdocs who are interested in conducting research in Germany. Selected grant programs and fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG), the Helmholtz Association (Helmholtz), the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), and others are listed in alphabetical order below.

  • AvH: Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

    Program for German scientists and scholars from all disciplines with above average qualifications, at the beginning of their ...

    Program for German scientists and scholars from all disciplines with above average qualifications, at the beginning of their academic career and who only completed their doctorate in the last four years. A Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows the researchers to carry out a long-term research project (6 to 24 months) in cooperation with an academic host they  have selected themselves  at a research institution abroad. The host must be an academic working abroad who has already been sponsored by the Humboldt Foundation. Learn More

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  • AvH: Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

    Program for non-German researchers with above average qualifications, at the beginning of their academic career and who only ...

    Program for non-German researchers with above average qualifications, at the beginning of their academic career and who only completed your doctorate in the last four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows scientists and scholars of all nationalities and disciplines to carry out a long-term research project (6-24 months) in cooperation with an academic host of their choosing at an research institute in Germany. Learn More

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  • AvH: Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

    Program for successful, top-ranked non-German junior researchers from abroad  who completed their doctorates with ...

    Program for successful, top-ranked non-German junior researchers from abroad  who completed their doctorates with distinction in the last six years.  The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows scientists and scholars from all disciplines to spend five years building up working groups and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany. Learn More

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  • Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean": Funding for Ph.D. and Postdoc Projects

    Interested in working on your own research project in a multidisciplinary marine science environment? The Cluster of Excellence ...

    Interested in working on your own research project in a multidisciplinary marine science environment? The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" offers funding for Ph.D. and Postdoc projects in Kiel, Germany. Projects will be funded for up to three years. The call is open until February 28, 2014. Learn more

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  • DAAD: Bilateral Exchange of Academics and Scientists

    Grants for German and foreign academics and scientists from universities or research institutes working in all subject areas in ...

    Grants for German and foreign academics and scientists from universities or research institutes working in all subject areas in Germany or in partner countries with which an appropriate agreement has been signed. Learn More

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  • DAAD: DAAD-Roche Diagnostics Postdoctoral Program

    DAAD and Roche Diagnostics offers scholarships for advanced research placements at one of Europe’s leading Biotechnology ...

    DAAD and Roche Diagnostics offers scholarships for advanced research placements at one of Europe’s leading Biotechnology centers in Penzberg, near Munich or in Mannheim. The scholarships are open to all highly qualified young post-doctoral scholars from EU countries and the US. Possibly, Canada will be included in the near future. The scholarships are aimed at young post-doctoral researchers for whom experience in industrial research is an important qualifying step in their professional careers. The program offers the unique opportunity to collaborate on a cutting edge research project with experienced scientists from industry and academia. Learn More

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  • DAAD: Funding for Joint Research Collaboration

    For academics, scientists, graduates, doctoral and diploma students from Germany and a respective partner country with which an ...

    For academics, scientists, graduates, doctoral and diploma students from Germany and a respective partner country with which an appropriate agreement has been signed. Aims to intensify scientific cooperation within the scope of a concrete, joint research project.  Welcomes applications from Germans and Foreigners. For more information, please contact the DAAD North America office. Learn More

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  • DAAD: Re-integration of German Scientists from Abroad

    Program for German doctoral students about to finish their PhD, postdocs and senior scientists who are no longer integrated in ...

    Program for German doctoral students about to finish their PhD, postdocs and senior scientists who are no longer integrated in the German academic system and would like to return to Germany after having spent at least one year abroad. Learn More

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  • DAAD: Research Grant

    Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or ...

    Research grants are awarded primarily to highly qualified PhD candidates who are early in their academic/professional careers or to individuals wishing to earn a doctoral degree in Germany. Funding may also be granted to recent PhDs who would like to conduct research. Learn More

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  • DAAD: Research Stays, Re-invitations

    The DAAD is able to re-invite foreign former one-year scholarship holders who - after completing their DAAD-supported stay - have  ...

    The DAAD is able to re-invite foreign former one-year scholarship holders who - after completing their DAAD-supported stay - have been working back in their home country for at least three years to complete a follow-up study visit in Germany up to three months. Learn More

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  • DAAD-AICGS: Research Fellowship Program

    The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), the leading resource and research center for analysis and ...

    The American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), the leading resource and research center for analysis and assessment of the German-American relationship in an evolving Europe and changing world, is pleased to announce the DAAD-AICGS Research Fellowship Program. The program is designed to bring scholars and specialists working on Germany, Europe, and/or transatlantic relations to the AICGS, which is located in Washington, DC, for stays of two months each. The program is open to PhD students and scholars of German or US nationality. Learn More

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  • DFG: Collaborative Research Centers

    Collaborative Research Centers are institutions established at universities for a period of up to 12 years that enable ...

    Collaborative Research Centers are institutions established at universities for a period of up to 12 years that enable researchers to pursue an outstanding research program, crossing the boundaries of disciplines, institutes, departments and faculties. They facilitate scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university. Universities submitting a proposal are expected to provide appropriate core support. The CRC program should, thus, contribute towards defining the profiles of participating universities. Gender equality and the advancement of young researchers are additional goals of a Collaborative Research Center. Source: DFG Learn More

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  • DFG: Emmy Noether Program

    The Emmy Noether Program supports young researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. ...

    The Emmy Noether Program supports young researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Young postdocs gain the qualifications required for a university teaching career during a DFG-funded period, usually lasting five years, in which they lead their own independent junior research group.
    As a rule, researchers who have acquired between two and four years of postdoctoral research experience are eligible to apply. Applicants must have international research experience.
    Source: DFG
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  • DFG: Graduate Schools

    Program for outstanding German and foreign doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers that offers training in an excellent ...

    Program for outstanding German and foreign doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers that offers training in an excellent research environment. Supports research positions and scholarships; funding for consumables and travel allowances. Learn More

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  • DFG: Initiation and Intensification of Bilateral Cooperation

    Program for scientists and academics working in the German scientific community who hold a doctorate and wish to initiate or ...

    Program for scientists and academics working in the German scientific community who hold a doctorate and wish to initiate or intensify scientific cooperation with international partners. Funding may be  may received for a period of up to one year. Learn More

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  • DFG: Research Training Groups

    Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of  ...

    Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy. Research Training Groups with an interdisciplinary approach are warmly welcomed.
    The aim is to prepare doctoral researchers for the complexities of the job market in science and academics and simultaneously to encourage early scientific independence.
    Source: DFG
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  • DLR/DAAD: Research Fellowships in Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research

    This special program is intended for highly-qualified foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists. ...

    This special program is intended for highly-qualified foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists. DLR-DAAD Fellowships offer outstanding scientists and researchers the opportunity to conduct special research at the institutes of the DLR in Germany. DLR-DAAD Fellowships are defined and awarded on an individual basis. Each Fellowship announcement will indicate the specific qualification requirements and terms of the visit. Learn More

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  • FhG: Fraunhofer Attract 

    The Fraunhofer Attract grant offers outstanding external scientists the opportunity to develop their ideas towards an actual ...

    The Fraunhofer Attract grant offers outstanding external scientists the opportunity to develop their ideas towards an actual application within an optimally equipped Fraunhofer institute operating close to the market. The scientist will be offered a budget of 2.5 Million Euro over 5 years to lead a group of 3-5 co-workers.
    Source: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
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  • Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies

    The Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies has once again been successful in the German "Excellence Initiative". ...

    The Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies has once again been successful in the German "Excellence Initiative". It has as its aim the supervision of exceptional dissertation projects in the field of Literary Studies, examining European, American, Arabic and Asian literary texts, within the doctoral degree program “Literary Studies”. The Graduate School will award up to 2 scholarships for postdoctoral researchers per year with a maximum duration of two years. The program offers intensive and individual supervision of the thesis as well as coursework. Applicants must have a completed degree (M.A. or equivalent) with above-average grades in the humanities, preferably literary studies. German and English are the favoured working languages in the international doctoral programme. Learn More

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  • FU Berlin - Dahlem Research School's Postdoc Fellowship Program

    The Dahlem Research School's Postdoc Fellowship Program – co-financed by the German Excellence Initiative and the Marie ...

    The Dahlem Research School's Postdoc Fellowship Program – co-financed by the German Excellence Initiative and the Marie Curie Program of the European Commission – provides funding for 20 Postdoc Fellowships for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities. The program is designed to promote the further academic career development through research funding, a tailored qualification program including essential professional guidance on preparing grant proposals, and the opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills. Deadline for applications is July 4, 2014 (12 pm CET). Source: fu-berlin.de Learn more

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  • GAIN: German Academic International Network

    Created to improve the flow of information on current career opportunities at German universities, research institutions and in ...

    Created to improve the flow of information on current career opportunities at German universities, research institutions and in the private business sector, GAIN is the flourishing network of German scholars and scientists in North America. An annual convention, frequent workshops, and a monthly newsletter form the basis for cooperation and exchange, on both a professional and personal level. GAIN is a joint initiative of the most renowned names in the German science landscape, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Research Foundation (DFG), as well as a number of associated members, including the German Rectors' Conference, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association and the Max Planck Society. Learn More

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  • GO-IN - Goethe International Post-Doc Programme

    The Goethe International Post-Doc Programme (GO-IN) is a fellowship programme at Goethe University designed to attract excellent ...

    The Goethe International Post-Doc Programme (GO-IN) is a fellowship programme at Goethe University designed to attract excellent junior researchers from all nationalities and therefore focusing on incoming mobility. Fellows will be able to work on an independent research topic in one of our university’s outstanding seven research areas with comprehensive resources and international recognition. They will receive support through an elaborate mentoring system and have access to an extensive qualification programme to further develop their key abilities. "GO-IN" will award fellowships to highly qualified international young researchers with a PhD and more than 4 years of research experience. Starting 2012, GO-IN is a COFUND programme (Co-Funding of Regional, National and International Programmes) funded under the 7th Framework Programme. Learn More

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  • Helmholtz: Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups

    This program is directed at top foreign or German junior researchers, 2 - 6 years after they have been conferred their doctorate ...

    This program is directed at top foreign or German junior researchers, 2 - 6 years after they have been conferred their doctorate (child-rearing periods will be taken into consideration) who would like to participate in a Helmholtz program. Candidates must have completed a continuous 6-month research period abroad during a doctorate or a post-doctorate phase. The most important selection criterion is the outstanding quality of the applicants.
    Source: Helmholtz Association
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  • Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowships

    The Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme is jointly funded by the Leibniz Association and the German Academic Exchange ...

    The Leibniz-DAAD Research Fellowship Programme is jointly funded by the Leibniz Association and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The fellowships offer outstanding, recently qualified foreign postdocs/junior researchers the opportunity to conduct special research at one of the 87 institutes of the Leibniz Association in Germany. Funding may be may received for a period of up to 12 month. Learn More

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  • LMU Muenchen: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships

    The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2014-15 class of postdoctoral and senior ...

    The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2014-15 class of postdoctoral and senior fellows. Applicants' research and writing should preferably pertain to one of the core topics of the Center's 2014-15 research agenda: Transformation of Landscapes; Environmental Ethics, Politics, and Movements; Resource Use and Conservation. Fellowships will be granted for 3, 6, or 9 months. Application deadline: May 31, 2014. Learn more

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  • MPG: Head of a Max Planck Research Group at Max Planck Institutes

    The Max Planck Society offers gifted young German and foreign scientists and researchers the possibility of independent ...

    The Max Planck Society offers gifted young German and foreign scientists and researchers the possibility of independent scientific work through its Max Planck Research Groups. Highly accomplished young  scientists and researchers can pursue their own research program in a Max Planck Research Group that runs for a limited period of time.
    Source: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
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  • MPG: Max Planck Grants for Advanced Postdoctoral Training

    This program provides postdocs the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills at a

    This program provides postdocs the opportunity to gain additional knowledge and skills at a Max Planck Institute within the scope of their prior professional qualification. For outstanding postdocs from Germany and abroad who have been working in science and research for at least 2 years or hold a comparable qualification. Learn More

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