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Candidates are free-spirited junior scientists and scholars from all disciplines with an outstanding record who wish to carry out highly innovative, risk-taking research in projects located at the boundaries of established fields of research. The modular, and therefore flexible, funding offer gives junior researchers with at least one and at most four years of post-doctoral experience - with regard to the date of the defense in relation to the application deadline - a reliable time-line during which they are free to carry out their research. The fellowship, thus, incorporates the possibility to apply for additional components during the funding period, e.g. funding of staff positions, travel expenses etc.
exceptional young researchers with a strong personality and a creative mind who have obtained their degree at least one and at most four years before the application deadline - in relation to the date of the defense. They have up to five years of post-doctoral experience and wish to carry out risk-taking research in projects located at the boundaries of established fields of research.
Number of Scholarships
Every year 10 to 15 fellowships are assigned.
The first stage of sponsorship covers five years. After positive evaluation and a clear perspective of a permanent position, a second stage of up to three years may follow, in exceptional cases of up to five years.
The first stage of sponsorship covers five years. Depending on the field of research and the stage of the fellow's career, research projects may be funded up to an overall sum of EUR 1 million.
You will find all relevant application forms and information on the application procedure here
Please find the updated deadlines here; the upcoming deadlines for application are 12 October 2017, 11 October 2018 and 10 October 2019.