Heisenberg Research Program by German Research Foundation [Fully Funded]: Applications Open


Applications are invited from eligible doctoral candidates for the Heisenberg Research Program which is sponsored by the German Research Foundation.

The program is primarily intended for researchers who have qualified for professorship via the Emmy Noether Programme, DFG staff positions, private-sector research, or mid-level faculty positions.

The target group also includes junior professors who have received positive evaluations, applicants who have achieved their habilitation or equivalent, German researchers returning from abroad, and appropriately qualified international researchers looking to pursue careers in Germany.

  • Heisenberg position: This module provides the position and flexible research means within the staff-funding category ‘senior researcher/ Heisenberg funding’.
  • Heisenberg temporary substitute position for clinicians: This option offers funding within the staff-funding category ‘medical research assistant’ of a temporary substitute post and flexible research means.
  • Heisenberg professorship: The module allocates funding within the staff-funding category ‘professorship’ for a temporary professorship at a German institution of higher education and flexible means for research.
  • Heisenberg fellowship: This option implies a monthly stipend of EUR 4,450 for the cost of living plus a general allowance of EUR 250 for direct project costs. In addition, allowances for children, health insurance costs, travel expenses, or a foreign residence allowance may be granted.
  • Any of the four modules include a flexible research grant of EUR 1,000 each month or a general allowance for direct project costs, respectively.

The Heisenberg Programme sponsors outstanding researchers who are qualified for tenured professorship: they have the opportunity to prepare for a scientific leadership position and simultaneously continue performing top-class research.

The Heisenberg Programme offers candidates four different modules

  • The Heisenberg position
  • The Heisenberg temporary substitute position for clinicians
  • The Heisenberg professorship
  • The Heisenberg fellowship
Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are junior academics from any subject area who are qualified for an appointment via habilitation or comparable achievements and who have a record of outstanding scientific accomplishment.

Target Group

Junior academics from all disciplines able to provide proof of eligibility for appointment to a professorship by means of qualification to teach in higher education (habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements) and particularly outstanding academic achievements.


Up to five years. The funding will initially be granted for three years with the option to extend for a further two years. At the end of the third year, an evaluation will take place which is carried out on the basis of an interim report which should be submitted to the DFG about 30 to 32 months after the funding has started. Upon positive evaluation, the funds for the remaining two years may be claimed at once.

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Heisenberg Research Program by German Research Foundation



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