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Funding for junior scientist

Here you can find useful links to funding organisations and to websites which may help when applying for a grant. If you find a link missing, please let us know.

We would also like to draw your attention to HZB department Technology Transfer and Innovation. If you have questions regarding proposals or funding options, contact the Team Members.

You will find a powerpoint presentation on third party funding opportunities for Postdocs (at different career levels) following this link.




We also recommend this future course on How to Write a Successful Grant Application at the Humboldt University: https://www.humboldt-graduate-school.de/shared/events/grant-application-writing-for-doctoral-candidates-open-to-all-doctoral-candidates

Websites for more information

Research in Germany

Information for PhD students, junior researchers, and senior researchers.

KoWi - Kooperationstelle EU der Wissenschaftorganisation

Information, advice and training on the wide range of EU research funding programs (e.g. ERC, Marie Curie)


Overview on more than 700 foundations in Germany

Individual fellowships

Helmholtz Association Funding Programs

Funding schemes for PhD students, postdocs and young managers.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

Four different individual research fellowships. Submision deadline is typically in September. If you are interested in applying it would be good to visit the corresponding KoWi website as well.

European Research Council‎ (ERC)

Three core funding schemes for top researchers to support their own research team; Starting grants (2-7 years of experience after PhD), Consolidator grants (7-12 years of post-PhD research experience), and Advanced grants. If you are interested in applying it would be good to visit the corresponding KoWi website as well.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Individual grants as well as coordinated programs

Support grants

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Funding for foreigners coming to Germany and for Germans going abroad

Daimler und Benz Foundation

Provides scholarships for postdocs, assistant professors, and young managers of research projects with funding to finance research assistants, technical equipment, research trips and attendance to conferences.

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Foundation

Foundation to support talented young women (graduate students and postdocs) with children. Financial grant to pay for assistance in household and childcare.