Helmholtz Calls for Applications

The site gives you an overview of current calls for applications which are coordinated by the Helmholtz head office. Most of the Helmholtz calls for applications are in German. Please see our German site.


  • Call for applications in the 2018 Helmholtz – OCPC Postdoc Program

    The Helmholtz Association has agreed on a joint funding program for Chinese postdocs with the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MoHRSS). The program aims to strengthen the scientific cooperation of Helmholtz Centers with Chinese partner institutions. It is jointly administrated with OCPC (Office of China Postdoc Council), a sub-department of the MoHRSS, and is initially scheduled for five years (2017-2021).

    Call for applications in the 2018 Helmholtz – OCPC Postdoc Program

  • Helmholtz Doctoral Prize 2018

    Call for Nominations

    The Helmholtz Association aims to support talented researchers at an early stage of their career and wants to encourage them to continue working in research. For this reason, the Helmholtz Association is awarding doctoral prizes, which honor academic achievements and serve as an incentive to remain in academia. This year's Award Ceremony will be held on Novembre 6, 2018. Submission deadline is May 15, 2018.

    Helmholtz Doctoral Prize 2018

  • Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)

    Call for applications 2018

    Scientific management positions are the defining element of any research institution. As joint appointments with universities, they are also an important link between Helmholtz, a non-university research organization, and its university partners. Within the framework of the Pact for Research and Innovation, the Helmholtz Association is intensifying its efforts to attract excellent women scientists from abroad to these positions. Together with its funding bodies, it is continuing its successful recruitment initiative of recent years.

    Funding to recruit top-level international women scientists (W3)

  • Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)

    Call for applications 2018

    Within the framework of the Pact for Research and Innovation, the Helmholtz Association is intensifying its efforts to attract and fund excellent women scientists. The current concept of the Initiative and Networking Fund (2017–2020) aims to support these efforts through the W2/W3 program for women scientists with outstanding qualifications.

    Funding of first-time appointments of excellent women scientists (W2/W3)

  • Helmholtz International Research Schools – Call 2018

    Current call

    Helmholtz International Research Schools offer an excellent academic and multidisciplinary doctoral training in an international environment. They will be established by a Helmholtz Center, a foreign partner and a German university partner.

    Helmholtz International Research Schools – Call 2018

  • Helmholtz International Fellow Award

    Current application deadlines: 10 May & 28 September 2018

    Cooperation with the world's best researchers is a key objective of the Helmholtz Association's international activities. To this end, the organisation has also committed itself to an internationalisation strategy within the framework of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation. The Helmholtz International Fellow Award aims to intensify existing cooperation between Helmholtz Centres and international research institutes and to further strengthen the links between Helmholtz researchers and outstanding colleagues abroad. Another aim is to further increase the international visibility of the Helmholtz Association as an excellent research institute and an attractive cooperation partner. The association also hopes to achieve a multiplier effect. Helmholtz International Fellows can serve as ambassadors for the Helmholtz Association and promote new links and cooperation with their country of origin and/or home institute.

    Helmholtz International Fellow Award

  • Young Investigators Groups – Call 2018

    Current call

    Young Investigators Groups – Call 2018

  • Helmholtz International Labs

    One of the central objectives of the Helmholtz Internationalisation Strategy 2017–2022 is to enhance strategic international cooperation with excellent research institutions from all over the world. To reach this goal, the Initiative and Networking Fund launches the new funding program ‘Helmholtz International Labs’.

    Helmholtz International Labs

  • Helmholtz European Partnering

    The Helmholtz Association is committed to the strengthening, development and cohesion of the European research area. In order to specifically support cooperation with countries in South, Central and Eastern Europe, a new funding program is launched in the Initiative and Networking Fund: 'Helmholtz European Partnering'. Within the framework of this call, strategic partnerships between Helmholtz Centers and complementary research institutions in selected target countries can be established i.e. expanded. The second call is expected to open on 10 September 2018. All relevant documents will be made available here. There will be three calls in total.

    Helmholtz European Partnering

  • Helmholtz-RSF Joint Research Groups

    Helmholtz-RSF Joint Research Groups

  • Doctoral Supervision Course 2017 - Call for Applications

    Current Call

    The Helmholtz Association aims to further increase its high standards in doctoral supervision and awards 25 grants for supervisors to attend at a ‘Doctoral Supervision’ course in corporation with the renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on 21 – 25 August 2017.

    Doctoral Supervision Course 2017 - Call for Applications

  • Funding of positions for top female researchers (W2/W3 programme) - Call 2017

    Current call

    As part of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation, the Helmholtz Association is stepping up its efforts to attract outstanding female scientists to top positions. The intention is to better harness the potential of outstanding researchers in general, and in particular to coax top minds from abroad (back) to Germany. This general aim is supported via the W2/ W3 programme for top female researchers within the framework of the Initiative and Networking Fund’s strategic planning for the period 2016 to 2020.

    Funding of positions for top female researchers (W2/W3 programme) - Call 2017

  • Helmholtz ERC Recognition Award

    Deadline: April 30st, 2018

    The Helmholtz ERC Recognition Award is designed to give support to outstanding ERC grant applicants when resubmitting an ERC project proposal, and at the same time show recognition of their academic achievements to date. This Call for applications applies to the ERC Call 2017 for Horizon 2020.

    Helmholtz ERC Recognition Award

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