At the start of the postdoc phase, one of the most important targets in an academic career plan is to reach the level of academic independence. The application for third-party funded projects enables the postdoc to develop a research profile and is considered as evidence of academic self-reliance. Many researchers depend on project funding or scholarships to continue their research, not least because there are so few jobs available at the postdoc level. Postdocs are also expected to be mobile and build networks, which is also reflected by specific funding programmes.
The following pages offer an overview of the best-known types of funding according to career level and career aim after the doctorate.
- The Bielefeld Young Researchers' Fund is a funding opportunity set up by Bielefeld University to promote its own young researchers up to 5 years after completion of their doctorate.
- Fellowship programmes facilitate research stays abroad for a longer period. As a rule, they directly follow the completion of a doctoral degree.
- Postdocs can finance their own research project within the scope of individual and project funding programmes.
- Post docs with outstanding academic achievements and experience can apply for support to various funding organisations to create their own junior research group (Nachwuchsgruppe).
- There is also a range of funding opportunities to establish and expand international contacts.
- For female researchers, there are various types of funding available from Bielefeld University as well as other organisations.
- Some job portals specialise in advertising academic positions.
There is also a wide range funding opportunities that target a particular part of the research community or are offered by smaller organisations. You can use the research data bank ELFI to look up specialised funding opportunities such as these as well the more general funding programmes. This is free for Bielefeld members. In addition, the Center for Young Researchers can support you in finding the right funding programme to suit your research profile. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment.
19. October 2017
The NachwuchsNewsletter 05/2017 is out and available for download here.