Programme Description

Postdoc stipends from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation are an instrument used to support highly qualified individual junior scholars with doctoral degrees in a research project for a limited period of time. These stipends are intended, for example, to enable scholars to familiarise themselves with a new field of research and/or to write a scholarly article for publication. Excellent postdoctoral students are to be enabled through a stipend to concentrate exclusively on a project of their choice for a maximum of one year.

Funding is basically reserved for projects that are related to the promotion areas of the Foundation and have a clear connection to the German research system. This connection can be established either at a personal level through German scientists working on the project, at an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated to German research institutes or through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.

Stipend holders receive a monthly sponsorship of 1,800 EUR, independent of age. To cover material and travel expenses, i.e. for books or trips to other work groups which are directly related to the research work, candidates may be granted an allowance of 200 EUR per month. In addition, contributions to the stipend holder's travel to the research location are paid and, if necessary, a child allowance.

Target Group

Highly qualified post-doctoral junior researchers who wish to undertake autonomous, fixed-term research immediately following their doctorates

Applications are welcome in the following funding areas:
  • history, languages and culture
  • the interdisciplinary field of "Image–Sound–Language"
  • state, economy and society
  • medicine and the natural sciences

Academic Requirements

As a rule, the applicant should not have received their doctorate more than 1 to 2 years ago.

Duration

a maximum period of 1 year

Scholarship Value

The grant comprises a base amount and other financial benefits. The base sponsorship of 1,800 EUR each month is granted independent of age. To cover material and travel expenses, i.e. for books or trips to other work groups which are directly related to the research work, candidates may be granted an allowance of 200 EUR per month. In addition, contributions to the stipend holder's travel to the research location are paid and, if necessary, a child allowance. Further significant expenses will only be considered if they are applied for in advance.

Application Papers

All application forms and further information on the application procedure can be found here.

Application Deadline

Applications for sponsorship can be submitted to the foundation at any time. Please allow for 8 weeks of standard processing time.

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