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Mercator Fellows

Visiting Professorships at German Universities

As part of the modularisation of the DFG’s funding programmes, a Mercator Fellow module has been developed. The current Mercator Programme has been incorporated into this module.

Mercator Fellowships can be applied for within the following programmes:

  • Research grants
  • The Emmy Noether Programme
  • Research Units
  • Priority Programmes
  • Research Training Groups
  • Collaborative Research Centres

Fellowships enable intensive, long-term project-based collaboration between researchers from both domestic and foreign institutions. Although Mercator Fellows are on-site for only part of the project, they remain in contact with the project team members once their research stay is over. Foreign Mercator Fellowship holders are awarded the title of Mercator Fellows in recognition of their dedication.

What’s new is that the Mercator Fellowship can now be applied for as part of project funding by researchers in Germany. Alternatively, the module can also be applied for on behalf of the project teams by the coordinators of Research Units and Priority Programmes. To be eligible, the Mercator Fellow must contribute to attaining the project’s objective. This means that projects in which the Mercator Fellow plays a central role are also eligible.

Detailed information on the Mercator Fellow module is available from: