Eligibility and Funding

  • The call is open to experienced researchers holding a PhD (min. 4 years incl. PhD, max. 10 years of experience) from abroad. German citizens are not eligible.
  • Non-German researchers who are currently resident in Germany may apply, provided they have not lived in Germany for longer than 6 months at the point of application.
  • Demonstrated by the research idea in the application the intended research proposal has to fit with regard to the research areas represented by each of the Excellence Programs.



  • 15 Months, starting January 2012



  • Postdoctoral research fellows receive a working contract according to the collective agreement for the public area of Berlin (TV-L FU E13 pay grade of approx. 1960 Euro per month after tax)
  • Social security and health insurance are covered by the salary.
  • Monthly mobility allowance
  • Travel allowance (once)
  • Research allowance of 1200 Euro per month for lab-based projects or 300 Euro per month for non-lab-based projects.