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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.


While studying, student assistants can work in knowledge-driven research projects funded by the DFG. Interner Linkmore


Research Training Groups and DFG funded research projects offer doctoral positions. Interner Linkmore

After your PhD

The DFG offers funding opportunities for independent research in early and advanced postdoc phases. Interner Linkmore

Guidance to DFG Funding Opportunities

  • In our regular Interner Linkinfo 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 Interner Linkhow-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:

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What happens to a proposal submitted to the DFG on its path to a decision?

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Interner LinkGuidance 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.



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