Programme Description

The Foundation awards every year 30 sponsorships to junior researchers who wish to undertake autonomous, fixed-term research immediately within up to two years following their doctorates. They are to be offered the opportunity to fully concentrate on the research project they have selected with the help of a post-doc research stipend.

Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.

Stipend holders receive a monthly sponsorship of EUR 1,800, independent of age. To cover material and travel expenses, i.e. for books or trips to other work groups which are directly related to the research work, candidates may be granted an allowance of EUR 200 per month. In addition, contributions to the stipendee's travel to the research location are paid and, if necessary, a child allowance.

Target Group

highly qualified post-doctoral junior researchers who wish to undertake autonomous, fixed-term research immediately following their doctorates

Applications are welcome in the following funding areas:
  • history, languages and culture
  • the interdisciplinary field of 'Image–Sound–Language'
  • the state, the economy and society
  • medicine and natural sciences

Academic Requirements

doctorate

Number of Scholarships

on average 30 stipends each year

Duration

one to two years

Scholarship Value

The grant comprises a base amount and other financial benefits. The base sponsorship of EUR 1,800 each month is granted independent of age. To cover material and travel expenses, i.e. for books or trips to other work groups which are directly related to the research work, candidates may be granted an allowance of EUR 200 per month. In addition, contributions to the stipendee's travel to the research location are paid and, if necessary, a child allowance. Further significant expenses will only be considered if they are applied for in advance.

Application Papers

all application forms and further information on the application procedure here

Application Deadline

Applications for sponsorship can be submitted to the foundation at any time. Please allow for eight weeks of standard processing time.

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