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. 


  • 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

  • Young Investigators Groups - Call 2017

    Current call

    One element of the Helmholtz strategy for junior researchers is the establishment of independent Young Investigators Groups. Top junior scientists are granted independence early on, with good conditions for research and secure career prospects based on proven scientific achievements.

    Young Investigators Groups - Call 2017

  • Helmholtz International Research Schools

    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

  • Helmholtz Doctoral Prize

    Next call in 2017.

    The Helmholtz Association aims to support talented young researchers from an early stage and to encourage them to continue working in research in the long term. To further this aim, the Helmholtz Association is awarding doctoral prizes, which honour academic achievements and serve as an incentive to remain in academia.

    Helmholtz Doctoral Prize

  • Helmholtz ERC Recognition Award

    Deadline: May 31st, 2017

    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 2016 for Horizon 2020.

    Helmholtz ERC Recognition Award

  • Helmholtz International Fellow Award

    Nominations can be submitted anytime by all member institutions of the Helmholtz Association. Current note: the next selection meeting will take place in June 2017, Deadline: 11 May 2017.

    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

  • Helmholtz Work Placement Programme

    The next call is expected to start in 2017.

    The Helmholtz Work Placement Programme offers young leaders in science and administrative or technical experts working at Helmholtz Centres a chance to spend several months at one or more other institutions, expanding on and developing their skills.

    Helmholtz Work Placement Programme

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