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Research Training Groups

Research Training Groups are established by universities to promote young researchers. They are funded by the DFG for a period of up to nine years. Their key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers within the framework of a focused research programme and a structured training strategy. Research Training Groups with an interdisciplinary approach are warmly welcomed.

The aim is to prepare doctoral researchers for the complexities of the job market in science and academics and simultaneously to encourage early scientific independence.


Information on Newly Approved Research Training Groups

The link above will take you to a list of Research Training Groups that are currently in operation. The list does not include Research Training Groups that have been approved but not yet established. For more information on the newly approved units, please refer to the press release.

Additional Information

New from June 2012: Restructured Proposal Requirements for Research Training Groups

New Guidelines and Proposal Preparation Instructions are valid with immediate effect for the programme of Research Training Groups. Programme character and aims remain unchanged; the restructuring merely refers to the way in which financial resources are applied for.


20th anniversary of the Research Training Groups


Celebrating 20 years of success: In September 1990, the first DFG-funded Research Training Groups began work. To mark this anniversary, the DFG has published a brochure highlighting projects and giving first-hand research accounts.

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