Emmy Noether Programme (DFG)
The Emmy Noether Programme supports young researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Young postdocs gain the qualifications required for a university teaching career during a DFG-funded period, usually lasting five years, in which they lead their own independent junior research group.
As a rule, researchers who have acquired between two and four years of postdoctoral research experience are eligible to apply. Applicants must have international research experience.
ERC Starting Grants (EU)
ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others that have been recently created.
Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups
The programme is aimed at young researchers who earned their doctorate about two to six years ago (not including parental leave). The most important selection criterion is the applicant’s expertise in his or her specialist field. German applicants are also generally expected to have spent extended stays abroad.