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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Excellence Initiative

Humboldt Post-Doc Fellowship

The Postdoctoral Fellowships funding line facilitates the transition from the postdoctoral phase to a professorship.

This funding line offers up to three-year postdoctoral positions at Humboldt-Universität to outstanding young researchers who have completed their PhD. During this time, the postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to extend and refine their academic profile. They conduct a research project of high academic quality and originality in cooperation with partners at Humboldt-Universität and, where relevant, their non-university partners.

Please note: Since Excellence Initiative funding of Humboldt-Universität will cease in 2017, no further Post-Doc Fellowships can be provided.

Who can apply?

Excellent postdoctoral researchers from Germany and abroad who are not yet affiliated with the Humboldt-Universität are invited to submit applications. Applications from all disciplines are welcome. Half of the fellowships are awarded to women.

What are the relevant criteria?

In order to apply for a Humboldt Post-Doc Fellowship you must have completed an outstanding PhD project. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievements, their international network of contacts and their postdoctoral project proposal which should be original and of a high academic standard. The proposed project should fit well with the existing research portfolio of Humboldt-Universität.

How much funding is provided? 

Temporary positions (public sector pay scale 13, full time) for up to three years.

What is the selection process?

Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievements, their postdoctoral project proposal, and their international network of contacts (see selection criteria). Fellowships will be awarded by the University’s Executive Committee, based on the evaluation of the proposals by a selection committee including professors, postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates from various disciplines.

Further Information

For further information, please visit our section with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Should you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us:

Humboldt Graduate School
Geschäftsstelle für die Nachwuchsförderung im Rahmen der Exzellenzinitiative
Phone: +49 (0)30 2093-1715
Email: hgs-grants @ hu-berlin.de