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Postdoctoral researchers will find not only the qualification offers of the "Leipzig Researcher Development Programme", but also diverse funding opportunities at Leipzig University.

Travel Allowance for active Conference Participation

The Research Academy allows early postdocs under specific conditions to apply for travel allowances. The prerequisites for applying are as follows:

  • The applicant has to qualify as an early postdoc, i.e. the applicant had to have received the doctoral degree within the last two years  (Parental leave periods can be taken into account in determining status).
  • Employment contract with Leipzig University
  • Membership in the Research Academy
  • Active participation in the form of a lecture or poster presentation

The application form for a travel allowance should be sent to us at least 6 weeks prior to the date of travel.

Travel allowances will be awarded for up to 1.000 € for travel outside of Europe and up to 650 € for travel in Europe. Depending on demand, we reserve the right to grant smaller allowances. An allowance for daily expenses cannot be provided.


Funding for Research- and Networking Stays

The Leibniz Programme at the Research Academy is committed to promoting academic exchange across disciplines, national borders, and generations. To this end, the Research Academy provides postdocs with the opportunity through Leibniz TRAVEL to apply for funding for research- and networking stays at international universities and research institutes. Furthermore Leibniz INVITATIONS enables postdocs to invite  international scientists to Leipzig University for lectures, symposia, workshops on methodology and similar events.

Assistance with Applications for Third-Party Funding

An important requirement for your career portfolio in the postdoc phase is the acquisition of third-party funds. Applications may target diverse content (such as research projects, personnel resources (including one's own position) or travel and material resources) and be submitted to various research-funding bodies at national or international level. These include the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), foundations or EU programs such as Horizon2020.
Since 2017, there is also the possibility for postdocs (including junior professors) of Leipzig University to apply for funds from the Flexible Fund. These can be used for necessary preparatory work for the preparation of a third-party funding application. This instrument is open to all postdocs of the University Sector, scientists of the Medical School have the opportunity to apply for a special funding at the local faculty.
For information and application assistance, the Department of Research- and Transfer Service of Leipzig University is available to assist you.

Consultation on International Stays Abroad

During the postdoc period, it is not unusual to travel abroad in order to gain international experiences. Jane Moros at Leipzig University’s International Office is available to offer advice for this purpose. One can also find additional information on financing international stays abroad at the DAAD, the largest provider of funds for international travel.

Further counseling services at Leipzig University (sites in German only)