How the DFG Supports Research Careers

What support and funding opportunities does the DFG offer to researchers in early career phases? Where can you find important background information and helpful hints? 

This website describes your options in each phase of your early research career and offers advice for preparing your first DFG proposal.

Guidance to DFG Funding Opportunities

  • In our regular info talks online and at research institutes in Germany, we present an overview of the DFG funding opportunities for postdocs, give advice on preparing a proposal and answer your questions.
  • Our how-to web pages provide insights into DFG individual grants programmes and give useful hints for preparing your first proposal to the DFG.

Video Clips

Who are the DFG-funded researchers, what is their research about and what do they say about the funding they receive? Find out in our portraying films:

Who can apply for funding in the Walter Benjamin Programme, what are the funding conditions, and what helps when preparing a proposal? Our video clip gives you first impressions of the programme:

DFG funding proposals: the route to a final decision

Guidance to DFG funding opportunities for postdocs

Ten Principles for Attractive Research Careers

The DFG has published ten "Principles of Effective Career Support in Academia" that define good support structures and conditions for researchers in early career phases in Germany.



If you have any questions on the DFG‘s research career support, please send us an e-mail:

Mailbox Consultation on Research Careers