Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience

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In 2014 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) initiated the programme "Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience" (PRIME) to support the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. The programme has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The European Union co-funded the programme until 2019 (EU/FP7/Marie Curie Actions/COFUND). Support is provided for 18 months, of which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period.

Choosing the host institutions

Applicants must establish contact with the foreign host and the German universities on their own. We recommend  (a service provided by the German Research Foundation-DFG, the German Rectors’ Conference-HRK and DAAD) to get an overview of recent research topics and international cooperations of German Universities.

Some German universities, listed in alphabetical order, have nominated a contact person for the PRIME programme:

Please be aware that other German universities, that did not specifically nominate a contact person, are equally eligible as host institutions for a PRIME fellowship.

Information for the German host university

Fellowship holders


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