Programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers

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Promoting excellent researchers in the qualification phase

Twice a year, the UDE Rectorate invites applications within the programme for the promotion of excellent early career researchers. The calls for application are published at the university via the dean's offices, press releases and at this website. Applications can only be accepted on the announced deadlines.
The university management decides on the funding after evaluation and proposal of the Commission for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer.​

Call 28th funding round

The call for the 28th round was published on 13 August 2019. Applications can be submitted via the e-mail address by

Friday, 27 September 2019.

Please use the application form that you can download in the section "Documents" below. A printed original version of the application should also be submitted, but this can still be done after the deadline. Further information on how to apply can be found in the guideline.

The university management decides on funding after proposal of the Commission for Research, Career Development & Science Transfer. The first step of the procedure is an evaluation of the written applications. Then selected candidates will be invited to present their project to the Commission in person.

Rejected applications can be resubmitted. After the procedure has been completed, a member of the Commission will be available to answer questions on the proposal and evaluation.

Programme purpose

The aim of the UDE-internal measure is to lead outstanding early career scientists of our university to their first third-party funding proposal with this initial funding. An academic career should be targeted and the PhD should not be more than four years ago.

Funding is provided for preparatory work leading directly to the independent formulation and application of a first third-party funded project. Staff, material and travel funds can be applied for up to a maximum total amount of 30,000 € to be spent usually within one year.