Emmy Noether Programme

The Emmy Noether Programme supports young researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Young postdocs gain the qualifications required for a university teaching career during a DFG-funded period, usually lasting five years, in which they lead their own independent junior research group.


To provide outstanding young researchers with the opportunity to rapidly qualify for a leading position in science and research or for a university teaching career by leading an independent junior research group and assuming relevant teaching duties

To recruit young, outstanding postdocs working abroad (back) to Germany

Eligibility Criteria

Young researchers from all disciplines

  • generally up to 4 years after obtaining a doctorate,

  • at least two years of postdoctoral experience,

  • substantial international research experience, as a rule evidenced by a research stay abroad of at least 12 months during the doctoral or postdoctoral phase or by comparable scientific cooperation with researchers abroad (the collaboration may have resulted in a relevant publication),

  • rapid completion of research training.

Foreign applicants are expected to continue their scientific career in Germany following completion of the funding period. This intent must be confirmed by the applicant and submitted with the proposal.

Previous scientific track record, outstanding publications in high-ranking international specialist journals or comparable

Proposal Requirements

Excellent research project

Offered Benefits

Sponsorship of a young scientists´ group, including the post of supervisor of the young scientists´ group according to BAT Ia/E15 TV-L, for the applicant and the personnel and material funds needed to carry out the project for usually five years.

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