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On the central pages for junior academics at Paderborn University you will find, among other things, information on funding opportunities. Below we have compiled some information that is particularly relevant for postdocs within the academic fields of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Funding opportunities

Postdoc grant by the Committee for Research and Junior Academics

The Committee for Research and Junior Academics awards postdoc grants for junior academics (start-up financing and a degree completion grant). The calls for tenders of each application round are made public via the Faculty of Arts and Humanities email distribution list, posters on campus, and via our newsletter.


Support for female junior professors (Juniorprofessorinnen) and postdocs through 0.5 academic staff positions

To support female junior professors and postdocs at Paderborn University in their research work, the Executive Board has set up a pool of academic staff positions within the framework of its Equal Opportunities Concept.

Specific funding and awards for postdocs

Overview on funding opportunities for women:

Information on specific funding and awards for junior academics

Research Reserve and Committee

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities receives an annual Research Fund (Forschungsreserve), which is used in particular to provide financial support for research projects (small projects, starting aid) and travel expenses of scientific staff members, as well as to promote scholarships.

Funding opportunities for stays abroad

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a range of different scholarships both for staying in Germany when coming from abroad as well as for going abroad when coming from Germany.

Further information regarding funding opportunities for stays abroad.

Subject-/academic field-specific funding advice

The subject-specific funding consultation is provided by professors of the respective subjects. They provide an overview of how to obtain funding such as individual scholarships as well as third-party funding in the context of applying for individual and cooperative projects.

To get an insight into this format, have a look at past offers.

DFG Grants

The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports funding and research cooperations for postdocs. Up-to-date information on applications and funding opportunities can be found on the DFG website.

Individual proposals:

Early postdoc phase:

Individual Funding:
Walter Benjamin Program

Project funding;
General allowance including a position as project lead

Funding period: 2 years
Employment in Germany: E13
Employment abroad: 1750 Euro
Possibility of extension by 12 months

Further information about the Walter Benjamin Program

Advanced Postdoctoral Stage:

Individual funding:
Emmy Noether Program

Project funding:
General allowance including a position as project lead

Funding period: 6 years
Employment: E15

Further information about the Emmy Noether Program

When qualified for a professorship and during the process of transition to a professorship:

Individual funding:
Heisenberg Program

Project funding (only within qualification for a professorship):
General allowance including a position as project lead

Heisenberg fellowship: 4,450 euros
Duration of funding: max. 5 years
Employment: E15/W2 or W3 professorship tenure track

Further information on the Heisenberg program


From early postdoc phase to qualification for a professorship:

Vacancies: Postdoc position (participation in DFG project or collaboration)

Funding period: depending on project duration
Employment: E13 to E14
Application: directly to the project lead

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FIT Information Service Newsletter

The FIT e-mail newsletter combines grant announcements and scholarships from various funding institutions. When registering for the newsletter, you can select specific funding institutions and subjects that you are interested in.  For more information, check out the Kassel University website.

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