Excellence Initiative

Funding opportunities

Within the framework of its Institutional Strategy the University of Tübingen promotes Early Career Researchers with a diverse range of internal funding opportunities. PostDocs as well as doctoral students and Germans as well as foreigeners are equally adressed to apply for funding.


Bridging Funds

Within the framework of its institutional strategy the University of Tübingen offers Bridging Funds to researchers who have filed a promising application for third-party funding for their own position. These are designed for the researcher to be able to carry out preparatory work and to bridge a possible employment gap. Funding is available in terms of financial support for up to 6 months. The subsequent research project must be positioned in Tübingen. Eligible to apply are persons who have submitted an application for an own position (DFG), a Emmy-Noether Prize (DFG), an ERC-Grant or a similar format.

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Exploration Funds

Within the framework of the Platform 4 “Education- Society- Standards- Ethical Reflection“ the University of Tübingen offers “Exploration Funds”. These are provided for the identification and development of new topics orientated towards the core areas of the Platform 4 and connecting factors within and outside the university. This call is intended for questions in the humanities and social sciences which have the potential to significantly determine current and future debates in society. Possible thematic co-operations with the other platforms of the institutional strategy are welcome but are not a requirement.

Two different funding formats are offered for innovative research projects: Format A (“full proposals”) supports the application procedure of larger joint projects (GKs, SFBs) whilst format B (“starter” projects) supports with less funding the development of new research topics, working formats and co-operations.

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Supported projects

Programme for the Promotion of Junior Researchers

Funds are available for research projects carried out at the University of Tübingen as part of the Promotion of Junior Researchers Program. Start-up financing for innovative projects with good prospects of attaining external third-party funding are supported. Qualified junior researchers are thereby given the chance to start up independent research projects.

This program is aimed at the development of a bigger third-party funding application.

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Recruitment of Excellent Junior Researchers

Within the framework of the institutional strategy of the University of Tübingen positions are available for excellent junior researchers (PostDocs) in specific profile sectors. The aim of this programme is to recruit young researchers with very good career prospects and the chances of raising funds for the establishment of a junior research group at the University of Tübingen. Thereby specific profile sectors within the Platforms, Core Facilities or one of the following research areas should be strengthened:

Summer/Winter Schools

Funding for Summer- and Winter Schools at the Graduate Academy is available within the framework of the University’s Institutional Strategy. This call is directed at postdoctoral scientists at the University of Tübingen.

Events eligible for funding include those promoting the academic competence of junior researchers as well as those addressing interdisciplinary themes. Preference will be given to events which are likely to attract a broad international audience consisting of doctoral students and junior researchers, including those from other universities and research institutions. The courses should take place within one year after the application has been submitted.

The events should in principle be open to all members of the University of Tübingen. However, the number of participants can be limited and a registration may be mandatory. Given the courses' international orientation and our aim of attracting international guest lecturers, it is envisaged that the courses will be held in English.

With this program the Graduate Academy intends to support the improvement of training for junior researchers, to promote interdisciplinary and international networking between doctoral students, and to raise the level of interest in organising events that are aimed at developing and promoting the exchange of methods and results.

The events may not replace existing courses or lecture series.

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Workshops

This call for proposals is directed at doctoral students of the University of Tübingen to develop ideas and suggestions for workshops and small academic/ scientific conferences within the framework of the Graduate Academy. This funding opportunity is for doctoral students who are neither members of a structured PhD program (Research Training Group, Graduate School) nor able to draw on DFG funds to finance such events.

Events eligible for funding include those promoting the academic competence of junior researchers as well as those addressing interdisciplinary themes. Preference will be given to events which are likely to attract a broad (international) audience consisting of doctoral students and junior researchers including those from other universities and research institutions.

The events should in principle be open to all members of the University of Tübingen. However, the number of participants can be limited and a registration may be mandatory.

The event should take place within one year after the application has been submitted.

With this program the Graduate Academy intends to support the improvement of training for junior researchers, to promote interdisciplinary and international networking between doctoral students, and to raise the level of interest in organizing events aimed at developing and promoting the exchange of methods and results.

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