Finding Scholarships

Here you can find information on various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations.

Programme Description
The German Research Foundation (DFG) promotes research projects in all academic fields. Factors which are considered to be important by the DFG include academic excellence, the promotion of young academics, interdisciplinarity and internationality. The primary aim of the Heisenberg programme is to support young academics who are already eligible for professorships and who have additionally distinguished themselves through particularly outstanding academic achievements. Applicants from abroad should be aware of the fact that they will be expected to aim for a subsequent scientific career in Germany. The German Research Foundation approved 40 new applications in 2010.

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

Number of Scholarships
Approximately 40 Heisenberg scholarships were awarded in 2010.

Max. 5 years

Scholarship Value
The scholarship amounts to a standard sum of 4,450.00 EUR. Financial support for publications as well as material and travel costs is provided additionally. A childcare allowance and a private health insurance subsidy can also be applied for.

Application Papers
Applicants with qualification to teach in higher education should apply immediately after gaining this qualification (habilitation) if possible. All the documents that have to be submitted with an application are specified on this page.

Application Deadline
Applications can be made at any time

Application Requirements
High academic standard and originality of the research project on an international level as well as aptitude for further qualification as a higher education teacher. The Heisenberg programme is mainly aimed at academics who have qualified for appointment by means of the Emmy Noether programme, DFG (German Research Foundation) project posts, research activities in industry or non-professorial academic teaching positions. The target group also includes junior professors with positive evaluation, academics qualified to teach in higher education, as well as German academics returning from abroad, or appropriately qualified foreign academics desiring to work in Germany. All relevant information is also provided here.

Programme variations

  • Heisenberg Programme/Heisenberg Professorship


German Research Foundation (DFG)
Kennedyallee 40
53175 Bonn

Contact person
Herr Paul Heuermann
Tel.: 0228/885-1