Funding opportunities

Several funding programmes are available for young academics at the Göttingen Campus:

If you are part of the University, check out the Research Department, here and (for EU projects) here and Göttingen International for Education and Mobility programmes. If you are part of the wider Göttingen Campus see the GAUSS page.
 

External Sources

  • A very useful external source of advice is the Federal Funding Advisory Service on Research and Innovation. They can help you identify a whole range of funding opportunities from various German government initiatives. They can also help you find local, national and EU research schemes, recommend partners, support international projects and much more.  You can contact them by phone or email.
  • You may like to sign up to FIT (Forschung Internationales Transfer) which provides current calls from a range of funders. You can subscribe to FIT and select the type of calls and how often you want to be informed.
  • Postdocs will also find this funding website useful - Research in Germany.
  • Individual grants: German Research Foundation (DFG) has published a How-To Guide about individual grants programmes - whether for individual projects or people. It also includes tips for your proposal.  

Upcoming Funding opportunities

Sorted by deadline

June

  • Minerva Fellowship Programme: research residency in Israel – The Minerva Fellowship Programme (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research) enables Israeli and German scientists in all research fields to complete a research residency at institutions in the respective other country. Postdoc fellowships last for a maximum of 24 months Contact Julia Lechler. Next deadline: June (exact date to be announced)

  • Joachim Herz Foundation Add-on Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Life Science: an opportunity for PhD students and Postdocs who are interested in further training in related disciplines to attend conferences, research stays or professional training to gain new insights into relevant research methods. The amount is up to €12,400 over 2 years with additional funding for those with families. Deadline: 7 June

  • Joint Japanese-German Research Projects 2022 in Materials Science and Engineering for Energy Storage, Conversion, and Transport: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) announce a new funding opportunity for joint Japanese-German research proposals in the field of materials science and engineering for energy storage, conversion, and transport. The topics should correspond to the responsibility of the review boards (Fachkollegien) 405 and 406: Materials Science and Engineering. Deadline: 8 June

  • VIP2 International Postdoc Program: Vienna BioCenter (VBC) is offering 3 year fellowships for those with backgrounds in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, engineering, computer science and bioinformatics. VBC describes itself as an English-speaking campus with outstanding research infrastructure, equal opportunity support including health care benefits, pension contributions and a highly subsidized child-care. Beyond offering an outstanding research environment, VIP2 provides structured training and career development. Deadline: 15 June

  • Manfred Lanhnstein short-term Post-doctoral Fellowshipsto fund innovative research on 20th century German history, culture, and society for a postdoc (from Israel or Germany) who plans to finalise their research for an important publication and needs to gather archival materials for a book, article series or grant application. €10,000 to fund three month research stay at the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society (University of Haifa) or a German institution. Deadline: 15 June

  • Gerda Henkel Foundation new call for internationally oriented projects on “Forced migration”. The programme aims to support, in particular, internationally oriented, multidimensional research projects on forced migration that address questions receiving insufficient attention in the relevant debates to date. Aimed at scholars worldwide from various disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, law and economics. Multidisciplinary approaches are welcomed. Deadline: 15 June

  • Deutsch-Französische Hochschule scientific events (workshops, summer schools) – applications invited to fund events for Postdocs and PhD students lasting from 2 days to 4 weeks to encourage Franco-German academic dialogue and support networking between researchers. Apply in German or French with the support, as usual, of your local management and finance/research department.  Deadlines: 15 June, 15 October

  • Minerva Fellowship Programme: research residency in Israel – The Minerva Fellowship Programme (funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research) enables Israeli and German scientists in all research fields to complete a research residency at institutions in the other country (respectively). Postdoc fellowships last for a maximum of 24 months. Contact Julia Lechler. Deadline: 17 June

  • Citizen science in deiner Stadt: in the first round, submit an outline of your idea (in German) for a citizen science project. If you make it through to the second round, you can refine your idea with 5000 euros support. The next stage is being awarded 50,000 euros to implement the idea. Deadline for first stage (outline): 19 June 
  • (In German)Gaede Prize for physics in the fields of vacuum physics and technology, thin films, surface physics, materials and processes in solid-state electronics and nanostructure science and technology normally to someone who is not yet 40 years of age and can be in the form of a nomination or self-nomination. Deadline: 30 June

July

  • Stifterverband Open Data Impact award: for scientists or research groups from all disciplines who have made their data FAIR and open and enabled subsequent use, potentially (or showing potential) outside science. 30,000 euros divided between 3 prizewinners. Deadline: 10 July

  • Dalberg Prize 2022: the Academy of Non-Profit Sciences in Erfurt), in cooperation with others offers the Dalberg Prize of €2000 for transdisciplinary junior research. The Award brings research into the public where transdisciplinary means not just connections between individual subjects but bridges between the humanities and sciences.  Deadline: 11 July

  • Peter und Traudl Engelhorn Stiftung zur Förderung der Lebenswissenschaften: 2 year postdoc funding in life science (biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, proteomics, cell biology etc). Application can be in German or English. Deadline: 15 July

  • The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists – for the best life science PhD thesis (PhD received between 1 Jan 2021 and 31 December 2021). An essay based on the thesis should be submitted to the editorial board of Science. The prize includes publication of the essay in Science as well as 30,000 USD and an invitation to Sweden to collect the award. Deadline: 15 July

  • Instand Research Award of €5000 for innovative research work and outstanding scientific results in the field of quality assurance in laboratory medicine open to researchers (individuals or groups) who have not yet reached the age of 50. Papers submitted can be in EN or DE and should have been published or submitted to an internationally recognised peer-review journal as original work. Deadline: 31 July

  • DAAD JSPS short-term postdoc fellowships - In cooperation with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), the DAAD gives highly qualified postdocs the possibility of a 1-6 month research stay (up to 12 months for PhD students) at Japanese universities or research institutions. Open to German postdocs in all subjects and those with a permanent residence permit for Germany. For similar funding streams (check individual deadlines), see also JSPS Research Fellowships with the Humboldt Foundation support and JSPS invitational Fellowships in Japan. Deadlines: 31 July and then 1 August

August

  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Postdoctoral Fellowshipssupport excellent postdoctoral researchers throughout Europe and the world for a period of up to two years. International mobility is a key requirement. The fellowship includes a salary or stipend, a relocation allowance and support for fellows with children. Awardees can attend an EMBO Laboratory Leadership course and become part of the global network of EMBO Fellows. Deadline: 12 August (to enter next selection round)
  • Max-Eder Junior Research Group by the Deutsche Krebshilfe to support highly qualified early career researchers (under 35 years) specializing in oncology to establish an independent research group and further develop their scientific career by changing location. They last 4 years (+ 3 years extension) and cover salaries, consumables, facilities, travel. Deadlines: 23 August, 15 November

  • Deutsche Krebshilfe Mildred-Scheel-Postdoc Program – for early career medical doctors and natural scientists (PhD within 10 years) with permanent residence in Germany to carry out projects in clinically oriented oncological basic research or clinical cancer research at renowned institutions abroad.  Funding is a stipend, monthly allowance for conferences and consumables plus one-off start-up fund, family travel allowance. Funding lasts 3 months to 2 years. Deadlines: 23 August, 15 November

  • Short-term fellowships 2023/2024 for Max Weber Stiftung India Branchfor all nationalities in the following themes: History as a political category; Critiques and Renewals of Democracy; Normative Conflicts and Transformation; The Challenge of Gender; Political Economy of Growth and Distribution; Media and the Constitution of the Political. Fellowships cover travel, allowances and other expenses for staying in Delhi and applications must fall within the overarching theme. Deadline: 30 August

  • DAAD Postdoctoral researchers international mobility experience (PRIME):18 months funding during which 12 months must be spent abroad and 6 months at a German university. Please contact your local DAAD funding support office in the first instance (see below).  Deadline: 31 August 2022

September and later

  • ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships support new postdocs for two years at ETH Zurich. The programme is intended to foster early career researchers who have already demonstrated scientific excellence in the early stages of their careers. Apply jointly with your potential host (an ETH Zurich professor), with whom you must have an academic synergy but not an existing close collaboration. Deadlines: 1 September, 1 March 2023

  • MSCA Postdoctoral European/Global Fellowshipsare open to excellent researchers of all nationalities who hold a PhD. They aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of those who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. The scheme also encourages researchers to work on projects in non-academic sectors and is open to researchers wishing to reintegrate in Europe, to those who are displaced by conflict, as well as to researchers with high potential who are seeking to restart their careers in research. Call opens 13 April. Deadline: 14 September

  • MSCA Postdoctoral European/Global Fellowships Call now open! Fellowships for excellent researchers of all nationalities who hold a PhD - divided into European Fellowships and Global Fellowships. They aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of those who wish to acquire new skills through advanced training, international, interdisciplinary or inter-sectoral mobility. This is intended to support researchers in achieving or strengthening an independent research position. The scheme also encourages researchers to work on projects in non-academic sectors and is open to researchers wishing to reintegrate in Europe, to those who are displaced by conflict, as well as to researchers with high potential who are seeking to restart their careers in research. (See KOWI webinar). Deadline: 14 September

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowshipsare open to postdocs who got their PhD between 15 Sep 2019 and 30 Sep 2023 (inclusive) in the areas of health research, sciences/engineering or social sciences/humanities. $70,000 (taxable) for 2 years research.  Potential fellows should wish to study in Canada (if non-Canadian). If you are Canadian, you can apply to study outside Canada (if you got your PhD in Canada) or in Canada (if you studied elsewhere). Please check eligibility of your potential host institution and the other criteria. Deadline: 21 September 2022

  • Short-term fellowships 2023/2024 for Max Weber Stiftung India Branchfor all nationalities in the following themes: History as a political category; Critiques and Renewals of Democracy; Normative Conflicts and Transformation; The Challenge of Gender; Political Economy of Growth and Distribution; Media and the Constitution of the Political. Fellowships cover travel, allowances and other expenses for staying in Delhi and applications must fall within the overarching theme. Deadline: 30 September

  • European Cooperation in science & Technology (COST) Action: researchers should identify a research challenge in any discipline and tackle it through an interdisciplinary research network which could lead to scientific and/or technological advancements. There should be at least 7 peers from different COST countries. Researchers and innovators from academia, public institutions, industry etc can apply. Networking and scientific excellence are key evaluation criteria. Deadline: 20 October

  • European Research Council (ERC) has published provisional deadlines for the following:
    ERC Starting Grant: individual grant, 2-7 years of experience since PhD completion: Deadline: 25 October TBC
    ERC Consolidator Grant: individual grant, 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD: 2 February 2023 TBC
    Please contact your local EU/Grant Office at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss application ideas and note that many places have an internal procedure (eg, the University’s specific procedure for applying to the ERC (DE) with internal deadlines (EN) Further information on ERC funding schemes.

On-going

  • International Scientific Collaborations – MWK
    Every year Göttingen International Department applies to the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony for funding to promote scientific cooperation with foreign countries. The aim is to promote grants in particular to initiate and implement sustainable collaborative projects in research and teaching as well as fostering partnerships at university or faculty/department level. Contact: Katharina Schüssler. Deadline: on-going
  • Leopoldina Postdoc Scholarship
    Postdoctoral scientists in Germany, Austria and Switzerland who already show independence in natural science or medicine to conduct research abroad. Contact: PD Dr Andreas Clausing, Deadline: 4 times a year and applications can be submitted at any time.
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation Research Stipends
    to support highly qualified individual junior scholars who received their doctoral degree one or two years ago. Funding in the following areas: history, language and culture; interdisciplinary field “image-sound-language”; state, economy and society; medicine and the natural sciences. Contact, applications can be submitted at any time and an answer is generally provided within 8 weeks.
  • TWAS – The World Academy of Sciences offers postdoctoral fellowships lasting from 6 months to 3 years, for scientists from developing countries who have recently earned their PhD. Several programmes and deadlines, check the link above for more details.
  • Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship– The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation provides sponsorship for research stays worldwide (length of 6 to 24 months for postdocs), for researchers from Germany in all disciplines and all career stages. Applicants choose an academic host from some 15,000 academics in the Humboldt Network abroad. Apply at any time, selection committee meetings in February, June and October
  • The Göttingen International Monthly Alert provides information about international and national calls for funding, for researchers and students. If you have any questions regarding a call, please get in touch directly with the organisers or respective institution. Read the Monthly Alert for July 2019 here and subscribe here.
  • Walter Benjamin Programme. This programme enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice for 2 years. The project can be carried out at a research institution in Germany or abroad, with the host institution providing support for the project. Applications can be submitted at any time. Frequently asked questions are here.  Contacts are subject-specific and can be found here.

  • Humboldt Research Fellowships– for your postdoc research colleagues outside Germany of all nationalities and disciplines to enable them to travel here to conduct their research. Note that there is quite a long wait before the funds are granted: the selection committee meets March, July and November. Applications are usually processed within four to eight months and successful applicants may start 2 to 12 months later. Deadline: throughout the year

  • DFG Emmy Noether Programmefor highly qualified early career researchers and junior professors (normally up to 4 years after PhD completion and at least 2 years of postdoc experience) on temporary contracts who want the chance to qualify for the post of professor at a university by leading an independent junior research group for six years.  Deadline: proposals can be submitted at any time.

  • Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, runs until 2027. Your local EU Office will be able to guide you through the process – be sure to contact them right from the start.  In the "Excellent Science" part of the programme, the European Research Council (ERC), among others, funds outstanding researchers with innovative project ideas from all disciplines without specific themes. Funding in the area of basic research can be awarded to individual researchers at different career stages. In the programme "Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness", funding is provided for basic and applied research on set themes such as health, culture, society, digitalisation, climate, energy, mobility and the environment, in networks. Various events are planned together with the partners of the Göttingen Campus. Further information here.
  • Fulbright Germany: Reisestipendien für deutsche Wissenschaftler*innen– for scientists with German citizenship for teaching or research stays in the US for 3 to 12 months. Fulbright Germany encourages applications from diverse groups who are traditionally underrepresented in academia. No deadline but apply at least six months before you intend to travel

  • VolkswagenStiftung: support in Germany for Scientists/Scholars from Afghanistan (or who have fled Afghanistan): scientists in Germany are eligible to apply if they have received research funding from the VolkswagenStiftung in the last 10 years. Scientists can apply to bring researchers from Afghanistan (or scholars/scientists who have fled Afghanistan) to work on their research project. Potential PhD students could be funded although the initial funding period would only cover 2 years. In all cases, please discuss potential applications directly with the VolkswagenStiftung before applying. Open deadline.

  • Alexander von Humboldt: Humboldt Research Fellowshipsfor postdoc colleagues outside Germany of all nationalities and disciplines to enable them to travel here to conduct their research. Note that there is quite a long wait before the funds are granted: the selection committee meets March, July and November. Applications are usually processed within four to eight months and successful applicants may start 2 to 12 months later. Deadline: at any time

  • Alexander von Humboldt Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship – support to carry out research abroad with members of the Humboldt Network around the world. Use their search tool to identify a host from a total of 25,000 potential hosts and note that most hosts will have to contribute a third of the funds towards this fellowship. Postdocs in the early phase or senior phase of their postdoc are invited to apply. Note, there is a delay before funds are granted: the selection committee meets February, June and October and applications are usually processed within four to seven months. Deadline: at any time

  • Liebig Postdoc Fellowships are to help start the careers of prospective university teachers in the field of chemistry. Postdocs from chemistry and related fields can get funding to continue their scientific experience at another working group and university (different from their PhD which should have been completed within three years). Deadline: at any time