Funding focus: Investigators

The category “Investigators” includes funding instruments that support the career development of doctorate-holding researchers. A researcher’s position may be funded directly (mid-level academic or professorial position or fellowship). Funding is offered for a set period of time and in connection with a specific research question, which is addressed within the funded project. When a proposal is evaluated, the main focus is on the applicant’s previous performance and future potential.

  • Walter Benjamin Programme
    The Walter Benjamin Programme enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice.
  • Research Fellowships
    Research Fellowships are intended to help early career researchers to conduct a defined project at a location of their choice in a country other than Germany and to use it as an opportunity to familiarise themselves with new research methods or to bring a large project to a conclusion. The programme expired.
  • Emmy Noether Programme
    The Emmy Noether Programme gives exceptionally qualified early career researchers the chance to qualify for the post of professor at a university by leading an independent junior research group for a period of six years.
    The programme is open to postdocs and junior professors with temporary contracts who are at an early stage in their research careers.
  • Heisenberg Programme
    If you already meet all the requirements for appointment to a permanent professorship, you can apply to the Heisenberg Programme. While you prepare for a future senior academic role, the DFG provides funding to enable you to carry on with high-quality research at the institution of your choice and continue building your academic reputation.