Support Programs and Funding for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers

The Cluster offers various programs tailored to the individual needs of Early Career Researchers to provide them with the best possible support in their career development.

Bridge Fellowships

The fellowship aims to support (1) doctoral researchers in the final phase of their doctoral studies or the transition period between the completion of their PhD degree and the next career step, and (2) postdoctoral researchers who have applied for external funding and need interim financing until their application has been decided on. The fellowship is granted for a period of three to six months.

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Hardship Fund

This funding line offers support for researchers who experience financial hardship, for reasons such as health or family challenges.

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Early Career Researchers Support Fund

The Early Career Researchers Support Fund provides funding for research expenses and individual qualification measures including conference travels, participation in summer schools, expenses for field research and networking activities, training, mentoring etc. 

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Co-Funding for Research Stays - Outgoing Doctoral Researchers

The program offers support for doctoral researchers who plan to conduct a research stay at a university or research institute abroad. It aims to (1) support international research exchange and offer the opportunity to get to know other research cultures, (2) provide opportunities to build own networks necessary for a successful academic career, and (3) give doctoral researchers the chance to receive valuable and in-depth feedback on their doctoral research project.

Learn more about this funding line here.