Individual Grant Programs – Information and advice

Walter Benjamin Programme

The Walter Benjamin Programme enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice. A change of location after the doctorate is highly recommendable.

  • Personnel costs for your own position or for a research fellowship abroad, grant for consumables 

Research Grants

Research grants enable individuals who have completed their academic training to conduct at any time research projects with clearly defined topics and durations, regardless of the subject. The proposal consists of several modules:

  • Basic module: Use the basic module to request funding for direct project costs, project-specific staff, and instrumentation necessary to carry out the project, as well as an allowance for the publication of project findings. (Not for your own position!)

In addition, you can apply for the following modules:

  • Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators 
  • Replacements
  • Temporary Substitutes for Clinicians
  • Project-specific Workshops
  • Mercator Fellows 
  • Public relations

Scientific Networks

Scientific networks offer early career researchers the opportunity to engage in scientific exchange and cooperation on topics of common interest across locations.

  • Travel and maintenance costs for work meetings of network members (full group or individual members) and for thematically relevant guests, other costs (to support coordination) and publication costs.

Emmy Noether-Programm

The Emmy Noether Programme gives exceptionally qualified early career researchers the chance to qualify for the post of professor at a university by leading an independent junior research group for a period of six years.
The programme is open to postdocs and junior professors with temporary contracts who are at an early stage in their research careers.

  • Funding for the own position of the junior researchers and doctoral position

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.

Four types of funding are available within the Heisenberg Programme:

  • Heisenberg position
  • Heisenberg temporary substitute position for clinicians
  • Heisenberg professorship
  • Heisenberg fellowship

Once you have been accepted to the Heisenberg Programme, you can select between the four funding types or combine them during the five-year funding period.

Reinhart Koselleck-Projects

This programme enables outstanding researchers with a proven scientific track record to pursue exceptionally innovative, higher-risk projects.

  • Applicants may request funding funding for staff, scientific instrumentation, consumables, travel, miscellaneous and publication costs for five years.


Advice for preparing applications

Individual grant applications should be supported by the heads of the institutes or professorships of supervisors. If you are not sure for which kind of funding you are eligible and if you have formal or financial questions, please contact Dr. Christina Bürger. It is also advisable to inform the faculty management about the proposal.
Dr. Christian Vöhringer in Central Administration can provide the required employer's declaration.