Information Event

Research in Europe National and International Research Funding for Early Career Researchers 25 May 2023 University of Bremen


Welcome to Research in Europe, the information day for early career researchers (ECR) on (individual) funding opportunities for a national and international career in science organised by the European Liaison Office of the German Research Organizations (KoWi) and the University of Bremen.

Doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers, professors who would like to obtain information for ECR Researchers in their working groups and those interested in doctoral studies are cordially invited to participate in this event.

Research in Europe

National and EU Research Funding Information Event
for Early Career Researchers

25 May 2023
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: H?rsaalgeb?ude & GW2 (1st floor)


The event is free of charge and open to everyone. Persons from outside the University of Bremen are warmly invited to attend.

Presentation language is English.

Please register here.


You will find stalls and information of all institutions all day in the foyer of GW2 Building
Information for PostdocsInformation for PhDs
TimeLecture Hall HS 2010TimeLecture Hall HS 1010
9:00Welcome and Introduction (Dr. Kristina Wien, Director KoWi Office Bonn & Dr. Mandy Boehnke, Vice President for International Affairs, Academic Qualification and Diversity, U Bremen)9:00Welcome and Introduction for all in Lecture Hall HS 2010
10:30Leibniz Association10:30DAAD
11:00Coffee break11:00Coffee break
11:30DAAD11:30Leibniz Association
12:00Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation12:00Fraunhofer
14:00Helmholtz Association14:00DFG
14:30DFG with testimonial14:30Max Planck Society
15:30Coffee break15:00DBU
16:00Fraunhofer15:30Coffee break
16:30Max Planck Society

Presenting Institutions

Funding for PhD candidates/students: The DFG funds researchers doing their PhD mainly in two ways, via the Research Training Groups (GRK/RTG) and in projects. The RTGs provide optimal conditions for early career researchers by offering both a challenging research programme and a fitting qualification programme, in combination with the support needed during the PhD phase and for the start of their career afterwards. Undertaking one’s doctorate in a research project, one is closely involved in the implementation of the project and can use the entire project infrastructure.

Funding for PostDocs: The DFG funds researchers and academics after their PhD with three programmes for different steps on the career ladder: the Walter Benjamin Programme for early postdocs, the Emmy Noether Programme for excellent researchers 2-4 years after their PhD to give them the chance to qualify for a professorship by leading an independent junior research group, and the Heisenberg Programme for outstanding researchers who already meet all the requirements for appointment to a permanent professorship and intend to acquire further academic merits for an academic leadership role. The module “Temporary Positions for Principal Investigators”, available in the Individual Research Grant programme, enables individuals to carry out a research project on a defined topic within a limited period of time and to request funding for their position as a project leader.

Funding for PhD candidates/students: The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) informs about funding for research stays abroad and in Germany during your doctoral studies. The DAAD also introduces special research funding opportunities at the German Aerospace Centers (DLR) in Germany.

Funding for PostDocs: In addition to Postdoc programmes such as ?PRIME“ (PostdoctoralResearchers International MobilityExperience – 18 months), an outgoing mobility scheme based on employment in Germany, the DAAD also introduces short-term postdoctoral research scholarships for working abroad, as well as special programmes.


Funding for PhD candidates/students: KoWi presents the funding scheme Doctoral Networks of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. In addition to information on the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the specifics of the funding scheme are presented. The focus is on the mobility rule, the different aspects of the training programme, the funding and the general conditions.

Funding for PostDocs: KoWi presents the funding scheme Postdoctoral Fellowships of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. In addition to a brief outline of the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, participants will gain insights into the objectives and definitions, the special features, the funding and the evaluation of the funding scheme, as well as further information and advice on European research funding.

The Helmholtz Association is Germany‘s largest research organization. Our cutting-edge research thrives on the creative ideas of our teams. That’s why we not only offer scientists an innovative working environment with research facilities that are unique in the world, but also provide them with targeted support at every stage of their careers. The presentation will give an overview of our Association, of our support offers for early stage researchers, and of our Young Investigator Group program.

The Leibniz Association connects 97 independent research institutes that range in focus from engineering, natural and environmental sciences to economics, spatial and social sciences and the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. The Leibniz Association offers a wide range of career opportunities, including the classic career path towards a scientific leadership position (through programmes like the Leibniz-Junior Research Groups) as well as a variety of attractive occupations in fields such as research infrastructures or research management.

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V. (Max Planck Gesellschaft, MPG) is Europe’s leading research organisation focussing on basic research across all research fields and a springboard for an international academic career.

Funding for PhD candidates/students: Max Planck institutes offer excellent conditions – in cooperation with the universities – to enable junior scientists to study and carry out research. The International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS), Max Planck Schools and Max Planck Graduate Centers offer structured graduate training programmes with a defined curriculum and strong supervision. Finally, the Planck Academy offers all students additional opportunities for further training and personal career development beyond specific scientific interests.

Funding for PostDocs:  The MPG offers access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure and collaborates with global leading research institutions to position you in international peer groups. The MPG also offers internal funding and emboldens you to attract external awards to enrich your CV. The Planck Academy offers specially tailored seminars to help you develop your transferable and communication skills and prepare you for leadership roles. Other focus areas are project management, science communication, entrepreneurship, career planning and work-life balance. Additionally personal career coaching is offered on demand.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
Whether you are a young postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of your academic career or an experienced, established academic – our funding programmes offer you sponsorship tailored to you and your career situation.

If you would like to become a member of the Humboldt Family, only one thing counts: your own outstanding performance. There are no quotas, neither for individual countries, nor for particular academic disciplines. Furthermore, we support people and projects and aim at enhancing our international network, connecting young top-notch researchers and the world’s leading personalities in research and research-related, socially relevant fields. The presentation will focus on the Foundation’s sponsorship opportunities for researchers based in Germany who wish to conduct a research project abroad such as the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship Programme.

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft based in Germany is the world’s leading applied research organization. Prioritizing key future-relevant technologies and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Over 30,000 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of 2.9 billion. Fraunhofer generates 2.5 billion of this from contract research.

Main task of the German Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU) is the funding of innovative projects in the fields of environmental technology, research, communication and nature conservation. The project support is complemented through scholarships: the DBU PhD Scholarships support young and committed scientists during their PhD and accompanies the fellows with experienced tutors. In the talk application, selection procedure and support of this program will be explained as well as the technical and scientific steering of the research project and the supervision of the individual fellow.


European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi)

Dominik Maas
Phone: +49 228 95997-13

Laura Willems
Phone: +49-228-95997-23

Research Services, University of Bremen


Dr. Kristin Baer; Dr. Imke Gir?mann; Dr. Andrea Gottlieb; Maren Droste

Phone: +49 421 218 60326



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