Funding for Postdoctoral Researchers

There are various possibilities for financing the postdoc phase. Be inspired and find the right funding!

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Overview

 

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 & September every year

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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  EUR125,000 over a duration of two years. Scholarship holders receive funding for their salary (according to the contracts of the institutes), equipment, travel allowances and other important aspects.

Deadline:
The application process is seperated into three stages. Cadidates have to be nominated by their institute; only one candidate can be nominated per institute. Researchers can apply until June 24, 2021.
Those interested in the program should contact the ▶ KIT Research Office (FOR).

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Azrieli International Postdoctoral Fellowship

Target group:
Researchers in STEM, the humanities and social sciences

Area of Studies:
STEM, the humanities and social sciences

Terms of Application:
With this program, 24 outstanding postdoctoral candidates across Europe and Canada are able to commence their postdoc phase in Israel. Along with funding, the program offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchange, leadership training, community engagement, professional mentorship and a welcoming staff dedicated to the wellbeing of all Fellows. Furthermore, Fellows on their postdoctoral track join a growing network of outstanding early career scientists and scholars.
Important information regarding the proposal's struture and other details can be taken from this ▶ PDF.

Period/amount of funding:
The value of the fellowship is approximately €48,000 (ILS 188,000) per year, including funds reserved for research and travel. The period of funding is 1 year (2022-2023).

Deadline:
September, 1 until November, 2, 2021. It is strongly we strongly recommend that candidates begin contacting Israeli academic sponsors well beforehand.

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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 €150,000 for a maximum period of 3 years. The amount of funding depends on the peculiarities of the represented subject.

Deadline:
March 20, 2021 (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, 2021

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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 1, 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, 2021

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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 31, 2021

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Daimler Benz Stiftung Postdoctoral Scholarships

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers and junior professors

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 40,000. The fellows can use the funds according to individual requirements for their research.

Deadline:
October 1, 2022

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 six 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) Individual Grants

Target group:
postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Humanities and social sciences

Terms of application:
This program seeks to fund a scientific project for a set period of time. The project is expected to be of high academic quality.

Period/amount of funding:
Equipment, travels, position, staff, etc. The duration of the funding is limited by the estimated duration of the project.

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:
Applications can be submitted at any time.

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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 35,000.

Deadline:
The application period is expected to start in September 2022. For further information please contact ▶ Dr. Sarah Wilewski.

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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 and spring 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 2.5 m. per grant

Deadline:
The call for proposals is annual.

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ESA Research Fellowship in Space Science

Target group:
Postdocs from ESA member or cooperation states

Area of studies:
Space Science

Terms of application:
The European Space Agency accepts proposals of postdocs who have already done their doctorate or will have done it by the time the fellowship starts. Please note that postdocs who have done their doctorate within the last five years will receive preferential treatment. The fellowships have to be done at ESA centers. You can find additional information in the detailed description of the fellowship which has been linked below.

Period/amount of funding:
2 years (in some one year can be added), ca. 2.500 EUR/month (depends on qualification/experience), if needed, one may apply for additional money for travel or family allowance

Deadline:
October 27, 2021

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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 15, 2022

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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 30,000 euros, intend to cover expenses of hosting, stay and health insurance. Grants are allocated from 12 months, not renewable, or 24 months subject to the approval of the Scientific commitee after examination of a report at the end of first year.

Deadline:
April 2, 2021

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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 €3,400 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. You can find detailed information ▶ here.

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 Research Stipends

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 €1,800 a month (basic amount) plus €200 a month in fringe benefits, also family allowance (first child €400, every further 100€)

Deadline:
Applications may be submitted at any time.
For further information please contact ▶ Research Office (FOR).

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Georg Forster Research Fellowship for researchers from developing and transition countries

Target group:
postdoctoral and experienced researchers from developing and transition countries – excluding PR China and India

Area of studies:
all

Terms of application:
In order to apply for the scholarship, a doctorate or comparable academic degree completed less than four years prior to the date of application is required. Also, academic publications must be reviewed according to international standards and printed in journals and/or by publishing houses. A choice of a research outline of major relevance to the future development of the candidate’s country or region of origin is needed. Furthermore, a confirmation that research facilities are available and mentoring agreement at a host research institution in Germany should be added to the application. The applicant's language skills in humanities or social sciences and medicine need a good knowledge of German if it is necessary to carry out the research successfully. Otherwise a good knowledge of English is mandatory. In natural sciences and engineering there is also a need for a good knowledge of German or English. The citizenship and principal place of residence and work mustbe in a developing country, emerging economy or transition state (excluding PR China and India).

Period/amount of funding:
6 to 24 months / 2,670 euros monthly. If needed, family allowance and other additional funding can be applied for.

Deadline:
Applications can be submitted any time.

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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:
September 15, every year.

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Helmholtz – OCPC Programm For Chinese Postdocs

Target group:
Chinese Postdocs (not older than 35) who have acquired their PhD in the last 5 years

Area of Studies:
Research & Development in all areas

Terms of Application:
This program allows Helmholtz Centres to integrate up to 50 postdocs in projects which are going to be conducted or established in cooperation with partner institutions in China. Young scientists may apply for these projects. Accepted scientists receive funding and are allowed to do research at one of the Helmholtz Centres (in this case: KIT) to encourage sustainable cooperation with Chinese partners. If you and your faculty are interested, please contact ▶ DE Internationales with your project ideas until February 20, 2021.

The possibility to be part of a KIT-collaboration project is aimed at talented Chinese candidates of a OCPC registered Postdoc research position. Young scientists who are younger than 35 and have received their degree abroad or are still abroad until September '21, are eligible to apply. However, they must be registered as Postdoc while handing in their applications.

If questions arise, please contact ▶ Oliver Kaas of the DE Internationales.

Period/amount of funding:
2 years

  • RMB 300.000 (ca. 1.585€) / month (maintenance costs, health insurance, travel expenses)

  • 1.500€ / month from decentralized budgets of the KIT (z.B. budget of the institute). Financing must be secured.

Deadline:
April 30, 2021

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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:
Six to ten months with €2,200 a month plus allowance for traveling expenses

Deadline:
January, 31 2022 for the following year

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HIDA Trainee Network Helmholtz-wide exchange program

Target group:
Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

Area of studies:
Information & data sciences

Terms of Application:
The exchange must take place between two Helmholtz Centers. The funding is awarded in particular on the basis of the applicant’s motivation, the quality and originality of the project, and its basic feasibility within the timeframe of the planned research stay. There must be a clear connection to the information science area. The program is intended to promote exchange between Helmholtz Centers and researchers and to enable young scientists to expand their portfolios.

Period/amount of funding:
One- to three-month-long research stays at another Helmholtz Center.

Two funding options:

1. Funding for travel and material expenses (up to 2000€ per month) for Helmholtz‑internal doctoral and postdoctoral researchers

2. Receive a research grant (2860€ + subsidies) for Helmholtz-affiliated postdocs

Deadline:
March 15, 2021

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Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Postdoctoral Fellowships

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of Studies:
Innovative basic research on fundamental biological problems with a focus on novel aproaches which may cross disciplinary borders.

Terms of Application:
HFSP scholarships encourage young scientists to broaden their research competences by supporting them to cross disciplinary borders and to visit other countries.

Period/amount of funding:
Three years. Scholarship holders are granted a living as well as a research and travel allowance. According to their specific situation, scholarship holders are also eligible for child allowance, parental leave and relocation allowance. Fees differ from country to country.

Deadline:
May 3, 2021

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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:
April 1, 2021

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Katholischer Akademischer Ausländer-Dienst (KAAD) Stipendienprogramm 1

Target group:
(Post)-Docs from African, Asian, Latin American or Middle Eastern development or threshold countries

Area of Studies:
all

Terms of Application:
One can apply for the "Stipendienprogramm 1" of the KAAD if following requirements have been met:

  • university degree and work experience in the home country

  • Catholic denomination (or at least Christian denomination and open to inter-religious dialogue)

  • German knowledge

  • plans for a research stay in Germany at a German university

Period/amount of funding:
Postdoc- or research stay in Germany. Please contact the KAAD in regards to the amount of funding.

Deadline:
Please contact the KAAD in regards to the deadline.

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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:
January 31, every year (online)

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Klaus Tschira Boost Fund

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
STEM

Terms of application:
The fund's objective is to give (young) researchers in Germany and in STEM disciplines greater flexibility in shaping their career paths. It is also supposed to help with accelerating their careers and promoting early independence. Furthermore, the fund focuses on flexible funding to create scope for independent, higher risk and interdisciplinary projects. It supports building (international) collaborations and networks, targeted mentoring and advice on professional and personal development.

Period/amount of funding:
Up to 80.000€ and up to 2 Jahre, max. 75%; no more than 75% of the funds may be used to cover (parts of) the fellow’s own salary

Deadline:
November 15, 2021

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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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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 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:
October 2022

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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:
February 28, 2021

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Vector-Stiftung – Research for Climate Protection: Sustainable Carbon Cycle

Target group:
Postdocs

Area of studies:
Natural sciences

Terms of application:
The Vector Stiftung supports research projects that strive to create an environmentally friendly economy using innovative ways. The focus lies on the extraction of CO2 in order to use it afterwards for other purposes. Higher education (Hochschulen), universities and non-commercial research institutions in Baden-Württemberg can apply for the scholarship. Individual as well as cooperative applications are allowed.

Period/amount of funding:
Max. 36 months and € 350,000 to cover any project-related staff, publication, travel and material costs.

Deadline:
Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Volkswagen-Stiftung  Original - isn’t it? New Options for the Humanities and Cultural Sciences

Target group:
Young scientists

Area of studies:
Natural sciences, engineering, social, humanities and cultural sciences

Terms of application:
This funding initiative is directed at scholars from the humanities and cultural sciences. Research ideas may encompass anything that contradicts the established knowledge or is a new approach to research, a new hypothesis, a new theory, observation of a new phenomenon, or discovery of knowledge gaps. Approximately 20 projects will be funded per call.

The funding initiative comprises two funding lines:

  • Funding Line 1 "Komm! ins Offene..." supports individual researchers to initially explore their idea and subsequently describe it in an essay or treatise, in which they demonstrate the particular suitability of the topic for explorative investigation and new approaches. Apart from scholars in the humanities and cultural sciences, this funding line is also open for social scientists working with qualitative methods to submit an application.

  • Funding Line 2 "Constellations" is directed at project teams, that wish to work together and follow up and test the feasibility of a new research idea in an initial exploratory phase. The project results are to be gathered in a co-authored publication. The teams should not exceed four applicants; team partners can also be drawn from the social science, life science, natural science or engineering.

Period/amount  of funding:
For the first funding line, up to €100,000 is provided for up to a maximum of one year.

For the second funding line, up to €200,000 is provided for up to a maximim of 1.5 years.

Funding covers the costs of resources and staff and can be allocated in a flexible manner. Costs could further include the integration of project partners within Germany and abroad, research stays at outside institutions, workshops, costs of employing a deputy during an additional research semester.

Funding will be allocated on a lump-sum basis.

Deadline:
November 3, 2021

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

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Volkswagen Stiftung "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:
April 1, 2021 (last time)

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Volkswagen Stiftung 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 1 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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