Workshops for Early Career Investigators

Workshops for early career investigators are a strategic funding instrument. These are aimed particularly at established researchers seeking to address a perceived lack of early-career researchers in their field by holding workshops for early career investigators on specific topics.


To facilitate a workshop for early career investigators in order to prepare early-career researchers for carrying out their own research projects independently and to encourage them to lead their first projects and attract third-party funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Established researchers in all research disciplines at German research institutes are eligible to apply. These may submit proposals at the request of the pertinent review board or DFG project group, or on their own initiative.

Proposal Requirements

The workshops for early career investigators are aimed at research areas where early career researchers are lacking. The objective is to provide early career researchers with encouragement and support for preparing their own research projects and attracting third-party funding for their first ventures into independent project leadership. Workshops for early career investigators must be thematically restricted in order to promote scientific exchange within their frameworks.

Type and Extent of Funding

Travel and accommodation costs for the organisers, plus up to 20 participants in the workshop for early career investigators and external researchers. Also covers miscellaneous costs involved in holding workshops and potential colloquia, plus up to 10,000 euros in coordination costs.

Funding Duration

Up to 2 years

Forms and Guidelines

No application deadline

Our specialist divisions at the DFG Head Office will be happy to provide you with detailed information.