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Funding for Postdoctoral Researchers

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Overview of individual scholarships for postdoctoral researchers

  • Andrea von Braun-Stiftung - voneinander wissen >> Info
  • AXA Research Fund - Junior Research Fellowships >> Info
  • Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung - Elite program for postdocs >> Info
  • Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) - Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship >> Info
  • Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung >> Info
  • Dan David Prize - Dan David Prize Scholarships >> Info
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.) >> Info
  • Daimler Benz Stiftung - Postdoctoral Scholarships >> Info
  • DECHEMA e.V. - Forschungsstipendien >> Info
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) - Emmy Noether Programm >> Info
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) - Förderprogramm für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftler >> Info
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) - Individual research grants >> Info
  • German Research Foundation (DFG) - Walter Benjamin program >> Info
  • Die Junge Akademie (The Young Academy) - Membership >> Info
  • European Research Council (ERC) - ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants >> Info
  • European Research Council (ERC) - ERC Advanced Investigator Grants >> Info
  • Evonik Foundation - Evonik Scholarships >> Info
  • FAZIT-STIFTUNG - Habilitationsstipendien >> Info
  • Foundation Fyssen - Post-Doctoral Study Grants >> Info
  • Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (Fund of the chemical industry)- Liebig scholarship >> Info
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation - Support of projects >> Info
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation - Stipends for younger junior scholars who have attained a doctorate >> Info
  • Hans-Böckler Foundation - Maria-Weber-Grant for Assistant Professors and Habilitands >> Info
  • Herzog August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel - Hauptprogramm >> Info
  • Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung - Habilitation support program (sponsorship organization)>> Info
  • Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation - for the advancement of Life Sciences >> Info
  • Research Seed Capital (RiSC) - MWK individual funding programme for postdocs >> Info
  • Robert Bosch Stiftung - Fast Track >> Info
  • Society in Science -The Branco Weiss Fellowship >> Info
  • Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft und Baden-Württemberg Stiftung - Fellowships for innovations in teaching at universities/ Junior Fellowships >> Info
  • Telekom Stiftung - Fellowship Program STEM didactics >> Info
  • VolkswagenStiftung - Experiment! >> Info
  • VolkswagenStiftung - Freigeist Fellowships >> Info
  • VolkswagenStiftung - International Research in Computational Social Sciences >> Info
  • VolkswagenStiftung - Lichtenberg professorships >> Info

 

 

 

 

 


Andrea von Braun-Stiftung - voneinander wissen


Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
All, interdisciplinary

Terms of application:
Applications are to be sent by e-mail. The foundation is committed to the comprehensibility and brevity of the application. The prerequisite for the application is that the project is interdisciplinary and overcomes and reduces boundaries between disciplines and subject areas, especially those with little or no contact with one another.

Period/amoun of funding:
Individual

Deadline:
March 14, 2019


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AXA Research Fund - Junior Research Fellowships

Target group:
outstanding researchers

Area of studies:
The field of environmental risks, life risks, or socio-economic risks

Terms of application:
To apply for these fellowships, host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund´s database. The AXA Research Fund does not accept unsolicited applications from individual applicants. Projects that are already underway cannot be funded.

Period/amount of funding:
The fellowship covers a total amount of  EUR130,000 over a duration of two years. The annual amounts are EUR 5,000 for project costs, EUR 35,000 annual gross salary, and an amount of EUR 20,000 that goes to the institution to cover the environmental costs related to the research project.

Deadline:
May 10, 2019 (KIT internal)
Those interested in the program should contact the KIT Research Office (FOR).

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Baden-Württemberg-Stiftung – Elite program for postdocs

Target group:

postdocs who have their usual place of residence in Baden-Württemberg and aspire to a university career

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Applications are submitted to the Research Office.
 

Period/amount of funding:
The maximum amount for a project is €120,000 for a maximum period of 3 years. The amount of funding depends on the peculiarities of the represented subject.

Deadline:
May 22, 2019 (KIT internal)


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Berlin Mathematical School (BMS) - Dirichlet Postdoc Fellowship

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Mathematics

Terms of application:
This two-year position is open to promising young mathematicians who will have completed their PhD degree by 30 September 2015 and want to pursue their own research in one of the seven research fields of mathematics offered by the Berlin Mathematical School.

Period/amount of funding:
Two-year position. The competitive full-year salary includes health insurance.

Deadline:
December 1, 2019.


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Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Stiftung

Target group:
female doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Experimental sciences, medicine

Period/amount of funding:
one year (extension possible) with EUR 400 a month

Deadline:
November 30, every year

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Dan David Foundation - Dan David Prize Scholarships

Target group:
outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Themes must be related to the announced topics.

Terms of application:
Direct applications must be in English. Ten scholarships are awarded to applicants from around the world.

Period/amount of funding:
One academic year with a grant of US-$ 15,000

Deadline:
March 10, 2019

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DAAD - Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E)

Target group:
young scientists

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Support is provided for a 12-month phase abroad and a 6-month integration phase at a German university at which the funding recipients are employed over the entire period as postdoctoral researchers. Contact at KIT is Dr. Petra Roth.

Period/amount of funding:
18 months

Deadline:
August 30, 2019


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Daimler Benz Stiftung - Postdoctoral Scholarships


Target group:
postdoctoral researchers and junior professors up to three years after having attained their doctorate

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
A prerequisite for participation in the program is the institutional affiliation of the applicant to a German university or to a German scientific institution and conducting a research project of his/her own.

Period/amount of funding:
For two years postdoctoral researchers and junior professors receive an annual scholarship of EUR 20,000. The fellows can use the funds according to individual requirements for their research.

Deadline:
the online application portal for scholarships in the 2020 postdoctoral program will open in mid-year 2019.

For further information visit the website of the Research Office (FOR).

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DECHEMA e.V. – Research grants

Target group:
candidates for habilitation, junior professors and university professors, as well as department and group leaders at non-university research institutions

Area of studies:
Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering, Biotechnology

Terms of application:
Eligible are candidates for habilitation, junior professors and university lecturers, as well as departmental and group leaders at non-university research institutes which are not retired at the time of application. Priority will be given to younger colleagues.

Period/amount of funding:
EUR 10,000 for one year

Deadline:
September 15, every year

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German Research Foundation (DFG) – Emmy Noether Programme

Target group:
postdocs with two to four years of research experience

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The doctorate should date back at most four years.

Period/amount of funding:
Funding is provided for five years promoting junior research group including the position of the junior group leader at pay grade BAT Ia / E15 TV-L for the applicant and the necessary staff and equipment funds for the implementation of the project

Deadline:
Applications can be submitted at any time. For further information visit the website of the Research Office (FOR).

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DFG (German Research Foundation) and ANR (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) - Funding for humanities and social sciences

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Humanities and social sciences

Terms of application:
The support program is the establishment and intensification of Franco-German cooperation in the humanities and social sciences. Only applications for joint projects from partners operating in Germany and France may be submitted.

Period/amount of funding:
Applications may be submitted for a period of up to three years.

Deadline:
March 15, 2017


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DFG (German Research Foundation) –Individual research grants
 

Target group:
young scientists

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Objective of the funding program is the implementation of a research project limited in thematic scope and duration - requirements of the project high scientific quality and originality of the research project on an international level

Period/amount of funding:
Funds for personnel / own position / temporary replacement costs, funding for scientific equipment, consumables, travel, other costs (for example, contracts to third parties) and publication costs - duration of funding: project-specific (usually several years)

Deadline:
ongoing. For further information visit the website of the Research Office (FOR).

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DFG (German Research Foundation) - Walter Benjamin program


Target group:
young scientists

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
With the "Walter Benjamin program", the largest research funding organization and central self-governing organization for science in Germany aims to enable researchers to independently implement their own project at their chosen location immediately after completing their doctorate. Independent of any activity at home or abroad.

Period/amount of funding:
The Walter Benjamin program integrates funding functions that were previously partly covered by the research fellowship, which is now integrated into it, and partly by the "temporary positions for principal investigators" module in the individual research grants; the latter is now simultaneously profiled as an instrument of research topic-oriented funding. Duration of funding: project specific (usually several years).

Deadline:
Detailed information on the design of the Walter Benjamin program will be published within July 2019.

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Die Junge Akademie (The Young Academy) – Membership

Target group:
young scientists

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Prerequisite for a five years membership of the Junge Akademie is an excellent doctorate that should have been achieved no longer than three to seven years back at the time of selection, and at least one other outstanding work thereafter. The choice is usually limited to the German-speaking countries.

Period/amount of funding:
During the five-year membership in the Junge Akademie each member has a total budget of around EUR 25,000.

Deadline:
The new deadline will be announced soon.

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European Research Council (ERC) - ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants

Target group:
outstanding young scientists two to seven years after achieving their doctorate

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
For questions regarding the application and participation in a call for proposals, please contact the team for " EU & Internationale Forschungsförderung " of the Research Office (FOR). Supporting the establishment of the first independent research team of the early career stage scientist.

Period/amount of funding:
Five years with up to EUR1,500,000

Deadline:
Calls for proposals are made in summer with deadlines in fall of every year.

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European Research Council (ERC) - ERC Advanced Investigator Grants

Target group:

outstanding researchers, who are already well-established

Area of studies:
All

Period/amount of funding:
Up to years with EUR 3.5 m. per grant

Deadline:
The call for proposals is annual.

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Evonik Foundation - Evonik Scholarships
Target group:
doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Chemistry Terms of application: Applicants cannot finance by own resources or by funding opportunities such as student loans finance his/her scientific training. In 2010, the foundation awards scholarships exclusively for degree thesis (diploma thesis, master thesis, and dissertations and habilitations).

Period/amount of funding:
Postdocs one year, funding is decided on a case-by-case basis

Deadline:
February 28 every year

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FAZIT-STIFTUNG – Habilitation scholarships

Target group:
candidates for habilitation

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The endorsement by chair (supervisor) and endorsement of the application by another university lecturer are necessary

Period/amount of funding:
Maximum of two years with EUR 500 – 800 a month

Deadline:
The FAZIT-Stiftung currently doesn't offer Habilitation scholarships. For further information, please visit "read more".


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Fondation Fyssen - Postdoctoral Study Grants
 

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Ethology, Paleontology, Archaeology, Anthropology, Psychology, Epistemology, Logic and the Sciences of nervous system

Terms of application:
These grants are awarded to French or foreign researchers, holders of a foreign doctorate and who wish to achieve their project in a laboratory in France; or either French or foreign researchers holders of a French doctorate who wish to achieve their project in a laboratory abroad (excluded origin country and de co-tutorship)

Period/amount of funding:
These grants, of an annual maximum amount of €25,000, intend to cover expenses of hosting, stay and health insurance. From 10 months to 12 months not renewable, and until 24 months subject to the approval of the Scientific Committee after examination of a report at the end of the first year.

Deadline:
April 4, 2019


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Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (Fund of the chemical industry)- Liebig scholarship
Target group:
postdocs up to three years after achieving their doctorate

Area of studies:
Chemistry and related subjects

Terms of application:
Doctorate, excellent studies, change of place and research group after the doctorate

Period/amount of funding:
Three years (extension by two years is possible) with €3,100 Euro a month plus €3,000 a year to procure specialist literature and to visit /participate in scientific conferences or further training; one-time payment of €50,000 Euro for material expenses (€15,000 per year of extension); a doctoral scholarship for two years to fund a scientific assistant

Deadline:
Applications may be submitted at any time.

For further information visit the website of the Research Office (FOR).

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Fritz Thyssen Foundation- Support of projects

Target group:
young scientists

Area of studies:
humanities, social sciences and biomedicine

Terms of application:
The planned project should be limited in terms of both time and content. It is possible to apply for funding in the following areas: History, Language & Culture Cross-Section "Bild und Bildlichkeit" State, Economy & Society Cross-Section "International Relations" Medicine and Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary projects are welcomed by the Foundation. Young scientists can apply for their own position within a project and thus act as the sole applicant in this case.

Period/amount of funding:
What cannot be applied for: personnel cost for applicants who already hold a position (substitute for a chair, etc.), funds for construction measures, means for the purchase of office furniture and equipment, which are usually part of the basic equipment of universities and institutes, fundamentally no means of covering overhead- costs.

Deadline:
February 15 for the summer meeting of the foundation’s board
September 15 for the winter meeting of the foundation committees in February.

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Fritz Thyssen Foundation – Stipends for younger junior scholars who have attained a doctorate

Target group:
younger junior scholars within one to two years of them having attained a doctorate

Area of studies:
History, language & culture; state, economy & society; medicine and natural sciences

Terms of application:
Applications may be made only from within a university or non-profit research facility. For an application doctorate must be completed with thesis defense or viva voce.

Amount/period of funding:
One year with €1,700 a month (basic amount) plus €100 a month in fringe benefits

Deadline:
Applications may be submitted at any time.

For further information please contact Research Office (FOR).


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Hans-Böckler-Foundation - Maria-Weber-Grant for Assistant Professors and Habilitands

Target group:
young scientists

Area of studies:
all

Terms of application:
The Maria-Weber-Grant supports outstanding young scientists during their postdoc phase. The Hans-Böckler-Stiftung is sponsoring the Maria-Weber Grant for a term of one or two semesters for junior professors and professors. For the application, the junior professors must already have passed a positive evaluation.

Period/amount of funding:
EUR 20.000 for each semester

Deadline:
Applications may be submitted at any time.
 

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Herzog August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel - Hauptprogramm


Target group:
scientists who have attained a doctorate

Area of studies:

All historically oriented subjects

Terms of application:
For fellows there is a residence obligation.

Period/amount of funding:
Two to twelve months with €1,600 a month (full stipend) or €1,050 (partial stipend) plus allowance for traveling expenses

Deadline:
January, 31 for the following year

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Institut Pasteur - Pasteur-Roux-Cantarini Fellowship

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:

Healthcare

Terms of application:
The applicant should have successfully completed his / her doctorate less than six years ago. Successful applicants must take up the work at the Pasteur laboratory within eight months from the moment of the funding decision.

Period/amount of funding:
Up to two years.

Deadline:
March 18, 2019

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Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung – Habilitation support program (organizations for the promotion of talented students and young researchers)

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:

Modern history, contemporary history and political science

Terms of application:
Mainly topics are selected from the following areas of present and contemporary history: economic, financial, social and educational policy, electoral and party research (e.g. future of political parties and the program history), foreign, European and security policy in the late 20th century, Germany policy up to 2005, the idea and the future of Christian democracy in Germany, the European Union and across Europe, history of religion in Germany and Europe.

Period/amount of funding:
EUR1,900 a month, research cost allowance lump sum EUR 300 a month. Funding is usually provided for three years.

Deadline:
March 15, every year (online)

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Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation - for the advancement of Life Sciences

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Life Sciences (biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, proteomics, microbiology, bio-med-tec biophysics, cell biology, systems biology, gentech, bioinformatics a.s.m.)

Terms of application:
Qualification: Diploma or master, doctorate/PhD, MD, at high grades in Natural Sciences or Pharmacy. Age limit: less than 34 years. Applicant's research projects must be embedded in a renowned research organization in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland

Period/amount of funding:
Two years

Deadline:
July 15th of the preceding year

 

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Research Seed Capital (RiSC) - MWK individual funding programme for postdocs

Target group:
young postdocs at the beginning of their careers

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
Target group are promising postdocs still standing at the beginning of their careers who want to independently pursue new ideas. In particular, preliminary work is encouraged to permit the acquisition of additional research funding.

Period/amount of funding:
Funding is provided up to two years and up to EUR 100,000

Deadline:
March 23, 2018 with an E-Mail.

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Robert Bosch Stiftung - Fast Track

Target group:
female young scientists

Area of studies:
Law, economics and social sciences

Terms of application:
- 2-4 years professional experience as postdoctoral researcher
- Very good doctorate, quickly concluded
- Publications in international journals
- Participation in scientific conferences with own contributions
- Very good English skills
- Convincing examples of commitment and initiative

Period/amount of funding:
EUR 2,400: two years EUR 100 a month and a comprehensive range of seminars offering education and further training

Deadline:
The last program cycle started in fall 2017 and will be completed in spring 2019.

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Society in Science - The Branco Weiss Fellowship

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
New areas of science, engineering and social sciences

Terms of application:
You are eligible for the 2018 campaign if:
- You officially hold a PhD on January 15, 2018
- Your project departs from the mainstream of research in your discipline
- You have a record of outstanding scientific achievement
- You demonstrate in the proposal a willingness to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of your particular discipline

Prize:
CHF 100,000/year (duration 5 years)

Deadline:
The registration portal for the 2018 fellowship intake is now closed. Candidates are welcome to start applying again in October 2018 for the January 15, 2019 deadline.


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Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and Baden-Württemberg Stiftung - Fellowships for innovation in teaching at universities/ Junior Fellowships

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers and research assistants

Area of studies:

Teaching at universities

Terms of application:
The Fellowships are individual, personal promotions, which provide the fellows with free spaces and resources for the implementation of development projects. In a tandem fellowship two people share the funding. The award of several fellowships for a single development project is not possible. Applications may be submitted only via the university administration.

Period/amount of funding:
EUR 15,000

Deadline:
July 5, 2019


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Telekom-Stiftung - Fellowship Program STEM didactics

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Terms of application:
Deutsche Telekom Stiftung has established the Fellowship Program STEM Didactics to make didactics a core component of university-level teacher trainig. Each year, up to nine fellowships in three different areas are granted to exceptional young researchers who are planning or carrying out postdoctoral research on STEM subject didactics. The foundation also accepts applications from teachers with doctorates who have worked in schools but now want to return to academia.

Period/amount of funding:
Fellows receive financial support. Furthermore, they can join in a range of network activities e.g. workshops and conferences.

Deadline:
September 18, 2017 with an e-mail.

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VolkswagenStiftung - Experiment!


Target group:
Young scientists

Area of studies:
Natural sciences, engineering, and life sciences including behavioral biology and experimental psychology

Terms of application:
Fast and easy application procedure: After you have applied using a short 3-page project outline and a 1-page self-assessment sheet, the decision is made within three months after the application date. Applications must be submitted via the application portal. The anonymous evaluation by an international jury ensures that only the research idea counts.

Period/amount  of funding:
During a 1.5-year exploratory phase funding with €100,000. After a year of support, interim results are drawn at a conference "Forum experiment!" organized by the foundation. If successful, the foundation provides follow-up.

Deadline:
August 01, 2019

For further information visit the website of the Research Office (FOR).

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VolkswagenStiftung – 'Freigeist' Fellowships

Target group:
Young scientists up to four years after attaining their doctorate

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
The offer is aimed at outstanding researchers who want to move between established research fields and conduct risky science. The ‘Freigeist’ Fellowships are thematically deliberately left open and are particularly aimed at young scientists who move between established disciplines.

Period/amount of funding:
In the first phase should last five to six years. Pay grade of the fellows: TV-L 14, depending on the career stage also TV-L 15. Grants awarded (personnel and material funds): First phase: depending on the research field and career stage up to €1.8 million. The second phase may last 2-3 years and a maximum of €500,000 to 1,000,000 is awarded (each respectively including the position for the applicant and funding modules)

Deadline:
October 10, 2019

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VolkswagenStiftung – International Research in Computational Social Sciences


Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Computational Social Sciences

Terms of application:
Under this call, the Volkswagen Foundation provides funds for international workshops and summer schools as well as collaborative research projects of postdoctoral researchers. The focus of the call is the processing of socially relevant research questions. The foundation funds international workshops and summer schools (also as series with up to three events) as well as international research projects of up to four postdoctoral fellows, moving with their question in the subject area of "Computational Social Sciences". Here, project teams can be assembled interdisciplinary; however, the inclusion of a social scientist is mandatory.

Period/amount of funding:
In this line of funding projects can be funded for a period of two to four years. In addition, for the summer school series with up to three events a maximum amount of up to 250,000 EUR can be applied for.

Deadline:
There are noch open calls at the moment!

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VolkswagenStiftung – Lichtenberg Professorships

Target group:
Outstanding young scientists with two to three years of research experience at post-doctoral level (doctorate should not be older than four years) and scientists whose doctoral degree lies max. seven years ago (returnees / applicants from abroad)

Area of studies:
All

Terms of application:
May be initiated from candidates or institution. Applications must be made by scientists themselves. Foundation expects the university from the beginning to contribute substantial own funds, which should include a base portion of its own budget and the use of resources.

Period/amount of funding:
At first five-year funding with up to EUR 2 million per professorship (extension for three more years possible)

Deadline:
apply anytime

For further information visit the website of the Research Office (FOR).


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