Eligibility Criteria

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Program co-funded by the European Union

The call is open to postdoctoral researchers of all disciplines and all nationalities who

  • hold a doctoral degree
    (the dissertation must be submitted and proof must be available by the application deadline)

  • completed their doctoral degree no longer than 6 years* before the deadline
    (starting with the date on the doctoral certificate).

  • have not lived in Germany for longer than 12 months during the last 36 months before the deadline


*For applicants with children, 1 year per child will be added to the permitted duration.

Female postdoctoral researchers and returnees from phases of international, inter-sectoral and/or non-academic mobility (such as researching outside Germany, working for industry or after a career break e.g. due to family reasons) are specifically encouraged to apply.

Applicants have to submit a project plan based on the research fields/ key topics of the participating Excellence Projects or Focus Areas (listed here).