The programme is intended for outstanding junior post-doctoral scientists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland from the natural sciences and medical disciplines who already have their own research profile. If accepted, they have the opportunity to head their own projects at the most renowned international research institutions of their disciplines. German candidates are expected to opt for research facilities abroad. Austrian and Swiss scientists are only eligible for support, if they apply at a host institution in Germany. The programme's goal is for the scholars to return to their home countries after the completion of the scholarship and share the acquired knowledge at the local centres of research.
outstanding post-doctoral scientists with exceptional research skills in the natural sciences or medical disciplines including history of science, theoretical computer science, material sciences, ecology, anthropology and psychology from Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Candidates have completed their doctorate no longer than seven years ago at the time of the awarding of the fellowship.
The period of time spent at the host institute is normally of one to two years.
The funding comprises a personal, customised full grant. This includes a basic grant (in accordance with the provisions of the German Research Foundation, DFG, for post-doctoral/research grants) and, if necessary, additional allowances depending on marital status and host city and a monthly allocation of EUR 250 for material and consumable expenses, such as travel costs, laboratory equipment etc. Any costs that exceed these allowances should be listed and applied for separately within the application.
If the fellow shows outstanding academic performance during the funding period, the grant amount may be raised by up to 10 per cent.
The Leopoldina fellowship coordinator is a permanent contact for the awardees, ensuring individual mentoring and support throughout the entire sponsorship period.
Please find the application forms and further information on the application procedure here
Applications may be submitted at any time. Fellowships are awarded four times a year. The awards board generally meets three to four times per year.