To enable researchers at an early stage of their scientific career to carry out a clearly defined research project at a place of their choice abroad or to acquaint themselves with new scientific research methods
German researchers from all disciplines who have completed their academic qualifications (doctorate)
International researchers from all disciplines who have completed their scientific training (doctorate)
provided they have been resident in Germany for several years and have completed at least three years of scientific work as a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher in the German research system and state that they wish to continue to pursue their research in Germany in the future.
Limitations apply to early career researchers who, at the time of application, are abroad. As an exception, established researchers holding a doctorate may submit proposals to allow them to dedicate themselves to a research project of particular importance.
Proposal RequirementsHigh scientific quality and originality of a research project at an international level
Type and Extent of Funding
Basic fellowship plus monthly lump sum payment to cover maintenance and travel costs
Benefits for fellowship recipients with children:
Support for costs associated with parenting –fellowship extension or childcare allowance
In addition, funding may also be granted to establish or intensify scientific contacts in Germany or be used towards relocation costs on return to Germany (cf. section VI 1 and 2 of the guidelines). Following the research fellowship, candidates may apply for a return grant to facilitate their reintegration into the German academic and research system.