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DFG-Junior academy "Infection Medicine"


DFG Logo_blau_SThe DFG Junior Researcher Academy "Infection Medicine" is intended to give young natural and and life science researchers as well as physicians and veterinarians from basic research and clinical practice the opportunity to implement infection medicine research ideas with human relevance from their own scientific and / or clinical work at an early stage of their academic career (up to a maximum of 6 years after their doctorate). The scientific focus should be on the prevention, prophylaxis and therapy of human infectious diseases, particularly with regard to host-pathogen interaction and translational-mechanistic research.

The prerequisite for participation in the Young Investigator Academy is the submission of a project outline on the advertised topic and its positive review by a panel of experts. Participation includes admission to a special qualification program in which participants receive targeted training and support from proven experts in project development and application submission. If the proposal developed as part of the Young Investigator Academy is reviewed positively, the program also includes one year of start-up funding for the scientific projects with material or personnel resources from the DFG.
Postdocs from Natural Sciences and Life Sciences as well as physicians and veterinarians from basic research and clinical practice who wish to work on a scientific research project in the focus area defined at the beginning and who also meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Physician or research associate in the research field of infection medicine at an institution in Germany
  • You completed your doctorate no more than six years ago (periods of parental leave and childcare are taken into account) or are about to complete your doctorate. If you have not yet completed your doctorate at the current time, you are eligible to apply if you have successfully defended your doctorate by the academy week.
  •  ... all other criteria, further information and application forms are online

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DFG Info Events on Scientific Careers


DFG Logo_blau_SProspects: Lecture Series on the DFG funding instruments for early career researchers

Join the online talk and get to know the DFG and its funding portfolio for postdocs. An overview of all funding instruments for the time after the PhD is offered, as well as specific focus talks on the Walter Benjamin Programme, the Emmy Noether Programme and the Heisenberg Programme. Advice is provided on how to prepare your proposal for the review process and your questions will be answered. PhD candidates and postdocs of all disciplines are welcome to join!

 The Webex participation link will be published on the website shortly before the event. Registration is not necessary and not possible. Please note that the possible number of participants is technically limited to 1,000 people.

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PostDoc in the USA? Yes, please!



Seize the opportunity and experience the USA with the Fulbright Research and Teaching Program.

Postdoctoral scholars interested in a three- to nine-month teaching or research stay at an academic institution in the U.S. are invited to apply. Apply now and become part of the worldwide Fulbright network.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but at least nine months before the planned start of the stay.

For questions about the Research and Teaching program, please contact


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Schram Foundation:Research grants in the field of fundamental neuroscience



The Schram-Stiftung (Schram Foundation) awards up to three research grants in the field of fundamental neuroscience. Funding is primarily intended to support independent young scientists who want to explore new research topics. Priority is given to projects that study molecular and cellular aspects of nervous system functions.

The Schram Foundation supports curiosity-driven research in basic neuroscience. Ideal projects are innovative and daring and involve novel techniques.

The Foundation awards up to EUR 120,000/year for a maximum of three years to cover the costs for staff, scientific equipment, supplies, travel, and other expenses in a flexible manner. Funding decisions are made by the Foundation based on independent peer reviews.

 Applications should be submitted no later than September 15, 2024.

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Carl Zeiss Stiftung Wildcard: Förderprogramm


Within its CZS wildcard program, the Carl Zeiss Foundation aims to enable interdisciplinary research groups to pursue a shared idea over a period of two years. The measure being applied for must address an interdisciplinary research project in natural sciences, life sciences and/or engineering sciences (STEM fields). Projects that are at a very early stage of deliberation, without the usual preliminary work, are expressly welcome. If the project does not achieve the expected goals, its results also lead to knowledge discovery.

The funding period is two years, the funding budget is 750,000 Euros. The earliest possible project start date is 1 January 2025 and the project must start no later than 1 March 2025. Applications must be submitted via the CZS application page. The link will be published starting 1 April 2024, full proposal deadline is May 6, 2024.

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