Grants / Funding after the Doctorate


These people will help with advise at Kiel and Lübeck University                                                                                                                 

Kiel  Lübeck
sreich [at] (Sonja Reich) (national research funding)   duhn [at] (Corinna von Duhn) (national research funding)
EUoffice [at] (Linda Piálek) (EU research funding) catana [at] (Christina Catana- Hoppe) (general research funding)
lk [at] (Lorenz Kienle) (DFG research funding) werner.solbach [at] (Werner Solbach) (DFG resarch funding)
Sabine Milde (Graduate Center Kiel) Inga Oberpichler (Graduate School Lübeck)

Overview over funding opportunities for researchers,

Research Grants

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG Research Grants: Purpose is to enable PhDs to carry out a research project on a specifically defined topic within a limited time period (in general, several years). First proposal: No submission deadline. Renewal proposal: At least 6 months before the approved funds have been exhausted.

    • Emmy-Noether-Programme: Purpose of this funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) is to provide early career researchers with the opportunity to rapidly qualify for a leading position in science and research or for a university teaching career by leading an independent junior research group and assuming relevant teaching duties and to recruit early career researchers working abroad (back) to Germany. Post-Docs with two to four years of experience incl. substantial international research experience, as a rule evidenced by a research stay abroad of at least 12 months during the doctoral or postdoctoral phase or by comparable scientific cooperation with researchers abroad. 

    • Einführung Walter Benjamin-Programm: At its meeting in December 2018, the main committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft decided to supplement the program portfolio in the promotion of persons through the Walter Benjamin program. The new program is aimed at scientists who want to carry out an independent research project in an early career phase after completing their doctorate. The aim is to support the relevant mobility at this stage and, where appropriate, to promote the thematic development of research. Deadline: 31. Oktober 2019

    • 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.

    • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize The Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize has been awarded to early career researchers since 1977 in recognition of their outstanding achievements. The prize, valued at €20,000, assists researchers in furthering their scientific careers.

  • Kiel Life Science Award 2019: Awards will be rewarded in the categories medicine and non-medical Life Sciences with Deadline: 16. September 2019. Criteria are outstanding doctoral thesis, research activities must be focues on medical or non-medical life sciences and excellent individual quality: outstanding assessment of written work and of oral exam. Application max. 3 years after having obtained the doctoral degree and excellent quality of the proposal. Endowment: 6.000 Euro per award.

  • ZMB Young Scientist Grant: The ZMB signature award is meant to foster inter- and transdisciplinar work of young scientists from all areas of Kiel Life Science. The  successful  applicants  are expected  to  combine  expertise  from  different  fields  and/or faculties. Deadline: Annually, tender in September.
  • EU-MSCA-RISE 2014-2020: The Marie Sklodowska Curie Research and Innovation staff exchange (RISE) funded by the European Commission (EU) will promote international and inter-sector collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges, and sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to market (and vice-versa) for the advancement of science and the development of innovation.The scheme fosters a shared culture of research and innovation that welcomes and rewards creativity and entrepreneurship and helps to turn creative ideas into innovative products, services or processes.

  • EU Third Health Programme 2014-2020 of the European Commission: Take your health-focused, nationally funded projects to the next level. Grants for action co-financed by the competent authorities responsible for public health in the Member States (called “Joint Actions”). Expand your project, e.g. by involving a EU research institute abroad, and the EC contributes on average 60% of the costs for the action/project.

  • DAAD - Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)
    The German Academic Exchange Service  (DAAD) offers a new funding programme - co-financed by the Marie Curie Programme of the European Commission -  for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities: „Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience“ (P.R.I.M.E). The funding consists of salaries instead of scholarships.
    Funding is provided for 18 months, in which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period. Deadline: 30. August 2019.

  • Intramural Research Funding - Kiel University: Each year, the Faculty of Medicine Kiel promotes special research projects using funds from the State Funding for Education and Research. You can submit an application for funding by 30 June of the current year. The members of the Research Committee, chaired by the Vice Dean for Research, decide on the eligibility for funding at an October meeting of the current year. If the Research Committee approves your application, you will receive the research funding as from the 1 January of the following year. The funding is valid for one year.

    • Junior funding: Aims to support up- and- coming research leaders for one year (maximal 30.000 Euro per application)
    • Start-up support: Aims to support scientists for one year (maximal 70.000 Euro per application)
  • The Kiel University Foundation: Established in 1974 from indvidual endowments, to promote research and education. The Kiel University Foundation supports profile- enhancing performance and all aspects of academic life: lectures, conferences, congresses, projects of all the faculties and the University's communication strategy.
  • Open Access Fund of the library of Kiel University see under Financing, from 2020 on there will be additional funds from the DFG.

  • Gender Research Prize: Kiel University aims to support gender studies across all faculties and to make them visible. For this reason, a gender research prize (in German) for an outstanding master and/or a PhD thesis concerning gender research is awarded annualy.

  • Internal Funding - University of Lübeck: Each year, the Faculty of Medicine Lübeck dedicates a part of it's budget as research grants. Aims to support up- and- coming research leaders until 35 years old. The Green Flyer (sorry in German only) of the Research Commission details guidelines and application procedures for internal funding of research programmes. The deadline for submission of request for individual research grants is every May of the current year.

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers: Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers: Junior researchers in all disciplines can carry out their own research project in cooperation with an academic host of their choice at a research institution in Germany. Applications can be submitted online at any time.

  • Otto-Roth-Preis and others - University of Lübeck

  • Dr. Kock Foundation (in German only): The Dr. Kock Foundation aims to support students of Humane Medicine at Kiel University. Amount and duration are to be announced. Application is open throughout all stages of studies. Applicants should show proof of good study success and completed their examinations. Only students earning no or little income are considered for this program. You can submit an application for funding by 30 April of the current year.

  • Foundation for the advancement of medical research (in German only): Aims to support students of Humane Medicine at Kiel University. You can submit an apllication for funding by 30 April of the current year

  • Young Investigator Fund: The Ernst Schering Foundation offers start-up grants to fund promising research ideas by young scientists. Support is provided for projects in the fields of biochemical, neuroscience or immunological basic research with biomedical implications. The program is explicitly aimed at highly motivated young investigators who want to become independent researchers and pursue their own research ideas. Applications for funding by May of the current year.

  • Freigeist Fellowships (Volkswagen Foundation): 10 to 15 fellowships awarded per year and are open to all disciplines and topics to junior researchers with unique ideas and convincing personalities.The deadline for submission of requests for individual research grants is every October of the current year. Initial funding period of 5 years and total amount of up to 1 Million Euro per project can be awarded:
    • fellow’s position (salary scale TV-L14)
    • positions for personnel (doctoral students and PostDocs)
    • project-related costs (e.g. consumables, travel expenses, equipment)
  • Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators : Submit an application if you are a researcher from Europe and not older than 35 years old. This highly prestigious prize acknowledges outstandig contributions to biomedical research in Europe based on methods of molecular biology, including novel analytical concepts. The winner of this 200.000 EUR prize is selected by an independent expert committee chaired by Reinhard Jahn.

  • EMBO Funding and awards:

    • EMBO Fellowships: Support postdoctoral and predoctoral research experience in laboratories in Europe and around the world. EMBO Fellowships have supported thousands of talented young scientists since they were first offered in the 1960s.

    • EMBO Young Investigators: Talented young group leaders in the first years of establishing independent research laboratories. The first programme of its kind in Europe, young investigators receive financial, academic and practical support and participate in a network of more than 300 young scientists.

    • EMBO Installation Grants: Help promising young scientists relocate and set up their labs in participating countries. Installation Grantees are integrated into the EMBO Young Investigators network to benefit from the offered support.

    • EMBO Courses & Workshops: Funding and support for life scientists to organize meetings. Funding is available for conferences, symposia, workshops, lecture courses and practical courses, as well as for keynote lectures.

    • Lecture Grants: Support and promote the active participation of researchers at national and international meetings.

    • Travel Grants: A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants who are selected to attend EMBO Practical Courses, EMBO | FEBS Lecture Courses, EMBO | EMBL Symposia and selected other EMBO events.

    • Gold Medal: Awarded annually to scientists under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to molecular biology in Europe.

    • Women in Science Award: Awarded annually to female researchers who have made exceptional contributions to molecular biology and who have been role models to other scientists.

  • Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V.

  • Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH, flexible Fördergelder zur Schaffung von Freiräumen für eigene, riskantere sowie interdisziplinäre Projekte, Unterstützung beim Aufbau von (internationalen) Kooperationen und Netzwerken, gezielte Begleitung und Beratung zur professionellen und persönlichen Weiter­ent­wicklung.

  • Deutscher Studienpreis - Körber Stiftung

  • MOST Taiwan Research Fellowship: Submit an application if you are a post-doctoral researcher from Germany and only completed your doctorate in the last twelve months. A MOST (Taiwan) Research Fellowship allows you to carry out a research stay of 3 to max. 12 months. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host in Taiwan.


Research Travels & Work Experience Abroad

  • Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award (in German only): The international award donates 3x 10.000 € for PhDs in the early phase of their career in the fields of Biology, Chemistry and Materials. Candidates must have accomplished their doctorate within the past 5 years and have contributed notably to their research field.

  • ERP-Scholarships - Studienstiftung des Dt. Volkes (in German only): Harvard, Princeton, MIT - you dream of a 12 up to 21 months stay at an elite-university in the USA? A (self-organized) work experience period of (incl.) 2-3 months sounds good? You may receive funding of monthly 1.900 US$ plus study fees and travel expenses. Preconditions: Age under 36 years and social commitment. Deadline: by September of the current year.

  • Joachim Herz Stiftung - Begegnungszone (in German only):Young scientists can apply who wants to receive funding plus study fees and travel expenses. Deadline: by May of the current year.

  • Feodor Lynen Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation): Scientists and scholars from all disciplines, postdoctoral and experienced researchers can apply. Approx. 100 fellowship per year. 6 to 24 months of research stays abroad. Applications are possible any time and at least 4-7 months ahead of the prospective selection date.
  • Leopoldina Fellowship Programme: Young scientists conducting research in natural science or medicine or postdoctoral researchers (up to 7 years after completing a doctorate) can apply. 20 new fellows per year. Monthly allowance of 103 EUR for costs and material. Applications are possible at any time and has to be sent via mail to the National Academy of Sciences.


Gender specific

  • Ingrid zu Solms-Prize (in German only): The Ingrid zu Solms- Stiftung calls female scientists to apply for the Ingrid zu Solms- Prize. The foundation fosters especially female scientists with several prices for outstanding achievements. Women with an excellent dissertation in natural sciences, life sciences or engineering are invited to apply. Deadline: every 15 March of each odd year.

  • Johanna-Loewenherz-Stiftung (in German only): Female applicants that accomplish outstanding jobs for our society may get the chance to receive acknowledgement in individual heights. The deadline for possible suggestions is the 1st of October of the respective award year.

  • PhD and mother? Get 200-400 € monthly support from the Christiane-Nüsslein-Volhardt-Stiftung (in German only). Deadline: by November of the current year.

Awards & Competitions

  • Deutscher Immunologiepreis (Avery-Landsteiner-Award):  Every two years, this prestigious prize has been awarded to outstanding immunologists. Each member of the DGfI may nominate a candidate. Self-nominations are not possible.The winner is selected by the DGfI executive board after consulting with the advisory board. Currently, the prize is endowed with 10.000 €.

  • Deutscher Studienpreis der Körber- Stiftung (in German only): The prize of 100.000 €  is awarded to outstanding young scientists with a PH.D. Deadline: by March of the current year.

  • Fritz-und-Ursula-Melchers-Postdoc-Award: The prize of 1.500 € is awarded to postdocs (up to 35 years of age) for their achievements in the field of immunology. The applicant should have at least one first author publication stemming from postdoctoral research. At least part of the research (PhD or postdoc) must have been conducted in a German speaking country. Generally, applicants should have obtained their degree less than 6 years prior to application. Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible.

  • GlaxoSmithKline Stiftung Science Award (in German only): The prize is awarded to young scientists conducting research in natural science or medicine.The total value of offering foundation is €30.000.

  • GlaxoSmithKline Stiftung Journalism Prize (in German only): The prize is awarded to young authors from biomedical subject area as a distinction for outstanding achievement in Germany. The total value of offering foundation is €15.000.

  • Hans Hench-PhD-Award: 2.000 € are awarded for the best dissertation on the subject of clinical immunology (rheumatoid diseases, autoimmune diseases, immune deficiencies), that was successfully completed in Germany during the last calendar year (as determined by the date of the oral exam). Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible.

  • Herbert-Fischer-Award of Neuroimmunologie: 1.500 € are awarded to doctoral students and junior postdocs (up to 35 years of age; up to 4 years after completion of their thesis) for their achievements in the field of neuroimmunology. Research must have been carried out in Germany. Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible. Deadline: by January of the current year.

  • KlarText!: 5.000 € are awarded for the best dissertation on the subject of natural sciences, that was successfully written in German.

  • Otto-Westphal-PhD-Award: Each year, a prize of 1.500 € is awarded for the best dissertation on the subject of immunology that was successfully completed in Germany during the last calendar year (as determined by the date of the oral exam). Self-nomination and nomination by others is possible.

  • Robert Koch Postdoctoral Prize: The German Society for Immunology invites nominations for the in the field of immunology. The Robert Koch Stiftung of Virology annually awards three PostDoc prizes over 5.000 € for outstanding research to junior scientists (one for each of the three societies). Direct application by the candidate is not possible. The prize is awarded for research which has substantially improved our understanding of infectious diseases. It is important that the results enhance the diagnosis or therapy of infectious diseases or point to new directions in combating infectious diseases (remark: this includes immunological insights). The age of nominees is usually limited to 35 years. Deadline: by January of the current year.

  • Rudolf Schülke Foundation: Promoting Hygiene and Microbiology with the focus on prevention and control of transmitted diseases is the function of the foundation. Every two years, the Rudolf Schülke Foundation presents the Hygiene Prize to scientists who have solved specific problems in the area of hygiene, microbiology and preventative medicine. The Hygiene Prize is worth 15.000 Euro.

  • Sofia Kovalevskaja Award: Submit an application if you are a successful top-rank junior researcher from abroad, only completed your doctorate with distinction in the last six years, and have published work in prestigious international journals or publishing houses. The Sofja Kovalevskaja Award allows you to spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of your own choice at a research institution of your own choice in Germany. Scientists and scholars from all disciplines may apply directly to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Humoldt Foundation plans to grant up to eight Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards. The award is valued at up to 1.65 million EUR.

  • The Bruhn Family Foundation: Established in 2010 by Professor Hans Dietrich Bruhn and Dr. Annegret Bruhn. The Bruhn Foundation annually awards the Bruhn Family Prize to promote medical research, particularly by junior scientists at Kiel University's Faculty of Medicine. The Prize is endowed with 20.000 Euro and honours outstanding doctoral theses or other excellent achievements and projects by young scientists. Applications should be submitted to Kiel University's Medical Faculty, the Research Commission and the Board of the Bruhn Foundation for the Bruhn Family Prize.

  • The Heinz Maier Leibnitz Prize: The prize is awarded to young researchers as a distinction for outstanding achievement. It is intended to assist young researchers in furthering their scientific careers. The prize is not to be seen simply as a distinction of the thesis alone.Rather, prizewinners will have already established an independent scientific career since having gained their doctorates.Ten prizes of €20.000 each. The prize is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research.

  • The Kiel Beigel Foundation: Established by Annelore Beigel in 2006. The Foundation awards the "Beigelsche Promotions- Preis" (Beigel Doctorate Prize) which promotes science and education in the research fields of immunology and ENT (ear, nose and throat) medicine at Kiel University's Faculty of Medicine. The "Beigelsche Promotions- Preis" is awarded to an outstanding doctoral thesis in the field of immunology and ENT medicine. The thesis must be written at Kiel University.

  • Umsicht Wissenschaftspreis (in German only): All works in the fields of environment, safety, and energy are admitted. The presented scientific (10.000 €) or journalistic work (2x 2.500 €) should not be older than two years and can be submitted in German and English.

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