European Funding Programs for Post-Doctorates

Some European and international programs focus on funding young scientists. The open-subject EU programs, Marie Curie activities, and the European Research Council (ERC) starting grants are of particular interest. The FIT Science Information Service can provide you with information on current vacancies.


Marie Curie Activities

The Marie Curie activities aim to facilitate the mobility of young scientists. Marie Curie activities are open to all areas and disciplines. An overview of all the Marie Curie activities is given here.

The individual grants of the Marie Curie Program are of primary interest to the young scientist. Within the framework of a Marie Curie Fellowship, post-doctorates can usually obtain funding for two years of research, to be carried out either in another country in Europe or further abroad. The student may choose both the research project and the foreign host institution. Applications are accepted each year. The Research and Technology Transfer Administrative Department would be happy to provide you with the details of the individual fellowships.

Additionally, several European regions and even some individual research institutes and universities have fellowship programs co-funded by Marie Curie. The Fellowship conditions are based on Marie Curie standards and are open to Postdocs from all over the world. A list of co-funded programs, including requirements and submission deadlines, can be found here.


The ERC Starting Grant

ERC Starting Grants fund excellent young researchers within a certain period following their doctorates. The student may freely choose their research project, but this must match the ERC's definition of pioneer research. This is understood to mean ground-breaking research that has the potential to unlock new fields of knowledge. Interdisciplinary project proposals are particularly welcomed. The sole selection criterion for the ERC's is scientific excellence. Applications are accepted each year.

You can find further Information about the ERC on the ERC website. The Research and Technology Transfer Administrative Department is also there to provide information and support.


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