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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.

The DFG would like to point out that during the review process, individual proposals must speak for themselves. Reference letters from third parties are not encouraged and, to ensure the equal treatment of all applicants, are not forwarded to reviewers or decision-making committees.


Extended eligibility period for submitting proposals to the Emmy Noether Programme

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the associated restrictions on working conditions at universities and research institutions, the DFG is extending the individual eligibility period for proposal submission within the Emmy Noether Programme by three months for prospective applicants who would otherwise only be eligible to apply by the end of 2020. Note that the rules on calculating the eligibility period, as outlined in the programme’s frequently asked questions, remain unaffected.

Eligibility periods for applicants with childcare responsibilities

Beginning 1 July 2020 the following modifications to the eligibility period for prospective applicants with childcare responsibilities will go into effect: The submission deadline for female researchers providing childcare within the eligibility period will be extended by two years per child, while the eligibility period for their male counterparts will be extended by one year per child. Male researchers who provide childcare beyond the one-year period can also be eligible for a max. two-year extension per child provided appropriate documentation is given. The eligibility period may be extended for a maximum of six years in total.

Information about the Programme


To give outstanding researchers the opportunity to satisfy the prerequisites for appointment as a university professor by leading an independent junior research group and performing relevant teaching duties

To attract outstanding early career researchers (back) to Germany from abroad

Eligibility Requirements

Early career researchers in all disciplines, normally up to 4 years after completion of the doctorate

  • Normally at least two years of postdoctoral experience
  • Substantial international research experience
  • Applicants from abroad are expected to continue their research careers in Germany after the funding comes to an end.
    A written letter of intent must be attached to the proposal.
  • The programme is not open to those who have already satisfied the requirements for a professorship, in particular those who have completed or
    are about to embark on the habilitation process, as in these cases the objective has already been achieved.
  • An individual is not eligible if they are in receipt of a type of funding similar to the ENP for an independent (junior) research group from a national research institution or an international institution located in Germany.

Proposal Requirements

Excellent research project

Application Requirements

Assessed on the basis of previous research work, ambitious publications in internationally respected journals or a comparable format

Type and Extent of Funding


Funding Duration

6 years

Time to Decision

Approx. 8 months

Forms and Guidelines

Proposal Deadlines

No general submission deadlines.
Proposals can be submitted at any time in accordance with the requirements listed above.

Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Groups and Collaborative Research Centres

An Emmy Noether independent junior research group can be associated with a Collaborative Research Centre with a related topic at the same location. This allows the independent junior research group to be integrated into an excellent research environment. As a full member of the CRC, the leader of the independent junior research group shares in its centralised funds.


The department responsible for the relevant specialist area at the DFG Head Office will be happy to answer your questions about submitting a proposal.

For questions about the eligibility requirements, please contact

Please note that it can take time to respond to questions. Please also refer to the