Funding opportunities

To put in a fellowship or research grant funding application, get in touch with the appropriate experts across the Göttingen Campus with as much notice as possible (see below).

If you are a researcher in Göttingen, make sure you are signed-up to receive the GC Postdoc Network newsletter to get regular updates about funding, prizes, and similar opportunities, as well as tips and training to make sure you put in the best application.

Several funding programmes are available for postdocs and other early career researchers  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.


Göttingen Campus Resources

  • GAUSS new webpage tool: find research funding opportunities in MINT (STEM): attracting research funding is one of first steps on the road to academic independence. There are lots of options for postdocs depending on your career level, length of the project or research plan. To support you in navigating through the different funding schemes, explore your options here.
  • GAUSS collection of Trainee Programmes for MINT (STEM) – check out their webpage tool
    A training program is one option to start your career in industry and can be a great opportunity. As there are many in different sectors (eg Pharma, Chemical Industry, Consulting, Precision Engineering), we collated nearly 50 and listed them on this webpage categorised by industry and all with a short profile. At all these companies, alumni of GAUSS/GGNB are employed at all these companies. Find out more here.

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


  • Einstein Fellowshipfor outstanding young thinkers in any field who want to pursue a project in a different field from that of their previous research. This fellowship includes living expenses for five/six months in the garden cottage of Einstein’s summerhouse in Brandenburg where you must stay, and a stipend of €10,000 plus travel expenses. Deadline: 1 June

  • Maria Leptin / EMBO Science Journalism Fellowships aimed at bioscientists who wish to pursue a career in science journalism and journalists who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge of the latest research areas and technologies. Fellows receive grants for a period of three to twelve months to fund placements in any type of media, newsroom or research institution of their choice to further their careers. Applications can be submitted throughout the year, with three selection rounds per year. Deadlines: 1 June, 1 October, 1 February 2025

  • DFG Machine Learning in Chemical Engineering: Knowledge Meets Data: Interpretability, Extrapolation, Reliability, Trust – research projects to last 3 years are invited which are relevant to the interface between chemical engineering and machine learning. Deadline: 4 June. 

  • Joachim Herz Stiftung Add-on Fellowships for interdisciplinary economics and interdisciplinary business administration for young scientists employed at an academic institution in Germany whose research questions are interdisciplinary and highly relevant to society and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The fellowships include networking meetings (on career development, science communication and transfer activities) plus financial support of up to 12,500 euros to support travel, participation fees, conferences, research visits, hardware/software, data, publication costs, activities, childcare etc. There is extra funding for fellows with kids to support balancing a family and career. Deadline: 4 June

  • Volkswagen Foundation - Researching Research: summer schools and workshops to reflect, combine, and experiment with the various methodological approaches or theoretical challenges in the area of research on research. Events are meant to introduce early career researchers from various disciplines to research on research and to enhance the participants’ skills and knowledge in this area. Deadline: 11 June

  • Lower-Saxony-Scotland Tandem Fellowship Programme to foster innovative research collaborations and academic exchanges between Lower Saxony and Scotland for postdocs or PhD researchers. Note upcoming information session about this call at 15:00 on Wednesday 15 May (details shown on their website). Deadline: 15 June

  • (In German) Deutsche Krebshilfe Mildred-Scheel-Postdoc Program – for early career medical doctors and natural scientists (PhD within 10 years and applicants normally under 35 years) to carry out projects in clinically oriented oncological basic research or clinical cancer research scholarships abroad and research projects in Germany for the February deadline (and at renowned institutions abroad for the deadline in November).  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: 19 June, 22 October, (Feb 2025 TBC)

  • Frauenhofer Applied Photonics Award 2024: for theses in applied phototonics which were submitted to a German university in 2023 or 2024. It can be any field of study as long as the work deals with innovative and commercially viable technologies for sustainable living and economic activity. Deadline: 30 June

  • **staff and students associated with the University** ENLIGHT funding call: funding calls for joint initiatives targeting teaching staff, researchers and students, aiming for educational outputs, research networks and other small-scale cooperative actions between peers of three different institutions within the ENLIGHT University Network and alignment with ENLIGHT’s focus areas. Deadline: 30 June


  • DFG’s GeroPlan (an early career academy to develop perspectives for interdisciplinary ageing research) for researchers to develop outlines for a one-year pilot project. Applicants should be working in the natural sciences, within 8 years of PhD award, not yet completed habilitation, at least one publication, who can get some release from their current work, etc. Its focus is on research projects that deal with the bio-psychosocial processes of ageing in general and, in particular, with the individual loss of plasticity and resilience, from the point of view of a broad range of disciplines with the aim of submitting grant proposals by April 2025. There are a number of phases including a one-day kick-off meeting (Sept.), a workshop (Jan 2025), mentoring and finalising the projects. It costs 100 euros to take part in the events and attendance at all events is mandatory. Deadline: 14 July

  • Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg’s (HWK) fellowships in Germanyfor 3 to 10 months in all disciplines (as long as the research fits their remit) to reside at the HWK in Delmenhorst. Awards are given based on academic merit, quality of research project, willingness to benefit from interdisciplinary community, academic fit with HWK. Deadline: 15 July

  • Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation for the Promotion of Life Sciences Postdoc grants/stipends for 2 years for Postdocs (age limit 34) to support research in Life Sciences (biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, proteomics, molecular biology, cell biology, systems biology, microbiology, biomedical engineering, biophysics, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, etc). Deadline: 15 July

  • INSTAND Dissertation Research Award is for scientists under the age of 35 for innovative research work and outstanding scientific results in the field of quality assurance in laboratory medicine. The research prize is awarded every two years to physicians or scientists. The award ceremony takes place in December during the INSTAND general meeting. Deadline: July 31

  • Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung: Adolf Martens Fellowship Programme funds postdoc junior scientists who obtained their PhD (in an area of expertise matching BAM’s scientific direction) outside Germany within the last 3 years. BAM tests, researches and advises on protection for people, the environment and materials, and sets safety standards in technology and chemistry for Germany and its global markets. Please email for more informationbefore submitting any documents. Funding is for one year: Deadlines: 31 July, 30 November, (March 2025)

  • (Website in German, applications in English or German) Deutsches Wissenschaftliches Institut der Steuerberater (DWS) prize: for graduates in economics or law, this science award is for outstanding theses, dissertations in tax law, business tax or finance. The prize is 3,000 euros and the publication must meet scientific criteria. The winner must present their work at the DWS Symposium. Deadline: 31 July

August and later

  • FAIR Data and Software Award Lower Saxony 2024for the best datasets and software that comply with the FAIR principles or the FAIR4ResearchSoftware principles – from any discipline from any researcher at a university or research centre in Lower Saxony. The prizes are €3,000 each plus the opportunity to present your work at the award ceremony. Deadline: 4 August

  • (In German) BMBF - German-South African Junior Research Group (Just Energy Transition) – a junior research group to complement a South African research chair in the field of making a “socially just transition to a carbon-neutral energy future”. The junior research group consists of a postdoc group leader in Germany as well as other scientific staff (postdocs, doctoral students or master’s students). The application must be submitted by a German institute together with a South African partner. The postdoc would be conceptualizing and writing the proposal and would be classified as the project lead. If you are at the University and are interested, please contact Dorthe Veddeler to find out more. If you are elsewhere across the Campus, please contact your local lead. Deadline (first draft): 12 August

  • Zi-Wissenschaftspreis „Regionalisierte Versorgungsforschung“ 2024prize to recognise research into regional differences in healthcare provision in Germany. The work can be in any aspect of healthcare research dedicated to investigating such differences. The prize is 7,500 euros and if there are several authors, the application should be submitted by the first author and co-authors must agree to the submission. Deadline: 25 August

  • ThyssenLesezeitfunding to support humanities and social sciences scholars to take time to engage in thorough reading and study by providing support for six months. The award acknowledges increasing expectations on scholars to digest large amounts of information together with other work expectations. Deadline: 30 August

  • Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience PRIME 2024/25 for postdocs of any nationality/residency status who see their long-term career to be in Germany to get funding for an independent 12-month research stay abroad. The scheme includes a six month return phase to Germany. See the DAAD FAQ here. Please contact your local DAAD/EU funding office well in advance to discuss your application and check the contacts below. Deadline: 30 August 2024

  • Volkswagen Stiftung – Pioneering Research – Exploring the Unknown Unknown supports groundbreaking and risky research ideas with high scientific relevance – basic research projects that strive to explore the unknown unknown with high potential for major scientific breakthroughs but also for failure. 3 to 5 years funding open to applications from postdocs or professors. Deadline for draft proposals: 3 September

  • MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) Postdoc Fellowshipsfor postdocs in any discipline with no more than eight years full-time research experience who want to carry out research abroad, acquire new skills and develop their careers. The aim is to help researchers gain experience in other countries, disciplines and non-academic sectors. There are two types: European Postdoctoral Fellowships which last 1 or 2 years and are open to those of any nationality moving within EU or to EU from another part of the world) to pursue their research career. Global Postdoctoral Fellowships fund the mobility outside EU and last 2 to 3 years, of which the first 1 or 2 years is outside, followed by a mandatory return phase of 1 year - and nationality/residency criteria apply. Please check the nationality/residency, mobility regulations and definitions of which countries are eligible for each type. The National Contact points are your way to get guidance, practical information and assistance about the scheme. You can also get advice from KoWi here. Get in touch with the admin team who would be administering your application well in advance and contact the experts here below. Deadline: 11 September.

  • DFG: Interdisciplinary Projects under the Reinhart Koselleck Programme for outstanding researchers with a proven scientific track record to pursue exceptionally interdisciplinary and innovative projects. The call is open to all scientific disciplines and research topics that allow an interdisciplinary approach. The proposals should meet the criteria of the Reinhart Koselleck programme and show a high degree of innovation and risk. Applications from individual and two applicants are eligible. Deadline: 15 October

  • ERC Starter grants:for talented early career researchers who have already produced excellent work with a supervisor and are now ready to work independently with the potential to be a research leader. Note online information event organized by the University EU Office:  ERC Starting Grant Call 2025: at 10:00-12:30 on Thursday 25 April, register by 23 April.At this event, you will find out all you need to know about ERC Starting Grants from the EU Office of the University, as well as experiences and tips from an ERC award-holder. Then the University Transfer & Startup Hub will present their services and show how transfer can contribute, in particular in basic research project proposals. Followed by Q&A session. Always talk to your local funding office first (see contacts below). Deadline: October TBC


  • ALEXANDER von HUMBOLDT JSPS Research Fellowship up to 24 months in Japan for postdocs with permanent residence in Germany in all disciplines. Applications are generally processed four to seven months. Deadline: open 

    MSC4Ukraine (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions for Ukraine)has been launched to support postdocs and PhD candidates from Ukraine (in residence on 24 February 2022 and displaced after that date or ready to relocate). The programme will match researchers with institutes and fellowships will be offered on a rolling basis from January 2023.  Deadline: open
  • DFG Emmy Noether programme applications: for 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. (The eligibility period has been extended by 3 months due to the coronavirus pandemic for those who would otherwise have to apply by 31 December 2022). Deadline: proposals can be submitted at any time.
  • DFG Walter Benjamin Programmeenables 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. Deadline: at any time
  • EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Postdoctoral Fellowshipssupport researchers for two years and international mobility is a key requirement. Fellowship includes a salary or stipend, laboratory leadership training, access to an EMBO global network, relocation allowance and support for those with kids. Applications accepted throughout the year.
  • EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Scientific Exchange Grantssupport researchers for up to three months between laboratories in eligible countries – facilitating collaborations with research groups with expertise, techniques or infrastructure that is unavailable in the applicant’s laboratory. They cover travel and subsistence costs. Applications accepted throughout the year.
  • EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) Core Facility Fellowshipssupport training for core facility staff (including scientists and technicians) in specific techniques in core facilities that provide services to research institutions or universities. The fellowships contribute towards travel and subsistence costs. Applications accepted throughout the year.
  • Exist Business Funding for University-based Business Start-ups  by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate funding. The application comes from the University/research institute but is driven by researchers (potential entrepreneurs) who hand their business idea to the University. More info about the scheme is here. Applications must be in German. Deadline: on-going
  • 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. Deadline: Apply throughout the year but well in advance of committee meetings in February, June and October
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation Research Stipendsto support highly qualified individual junior scholars who generally received their doctoral degree one or two years ago. It provides postdocs with an opportunity to focus on a research project for a limited period of time and the stipends can be used to enable scholars to familiarise themselves with a new field of research or to write an article for publication. Funding in the following areas: history, language and culture; interdisciplinary field “image-sound-language”; state, economy and society; medicine and the natural sciences. Deadline: applications can be submitted at any time and an answer is generally provided within 8 weeks.
  • Fulbright Germany: Reisestipendien für deutsche Wissenschaftler*innenfor 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 nine months before you intend to travel
  • 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
  • Leopoldina Postdoc ScholarshipPostdoctoral 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: applications can be submitted at any time and are considered four times a year.
  • 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.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel grants for postdocs, PhD researchers and medical students working on experimental projects in basic biomedical research who want to travel for courses with at least 50% practical work and laboratory visits. Deadline: open but you must apply at least six weeks and no more than six months before the planned date of departure.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds MD Fellowships – 18 months for medical students to pursue ambitious, experimental projects in basic biomedical research (worldwide). Applicants must study human medicine in Germany and change cities and institutions for at least ten consecutive months to work in an internationally renowned laboratory. Benefits include a monthly stipend, seminars, travel allowances, individual support, access to a network. Deadline: open but you must apply at least three months before the planned start date.

Research Grant experts across the Campus to support your application

To put in a fellowship or research grant funding application, get in touch with the appropriate experts across Göttingen Campus with as much notice as possible:

UNI Lisa Grow (0551) 39 28252 Research Dept, National and international funding (Humanities)
UNI Felix Spöler (0551) 39 28245 Research Dept, National and international funding (Natural and Life Sciences)
UNI Ricarda Blumentritt (0551) 39 21320 Göttingen International, EU programmes (Horizon Europe MSCA and Erasmus+)
UNI Jakob Hedderich (0551) 39 21326 Göttingen International, DAAD
UNI Claudia Sueltmann (0551) 39 28254 EU Office
UNI Christian Schöpper (0551) 39 28253 EU Office
UMG Team Research Management (0551) 39 61270 Research Management
MPI Kerstin Mosch (0551) 3899 453 Forschung EU
MPI Ulrike Gerischer (0551) 201 1283 Forschung
DPZ Björg Pauling (0551) 3851 454  
DPZ Robert Teepe (0551) 3851 122