Career and Funding

Selection of training, career development, and funding opportunities for PhD Students and Postdocs



Berlin University Alliance (BUA)


  • Berlin Graduate Studies Support Program (BUA): The program provides excellent professional development opportunities and a comprehensive skills development program for all BUA partner doctoral students. The Graduate Studies Support Program reflects the different phases of a PhD: Successfully Starting a PhD, Research Integrity, Academic Writing, Mental Health, Career Development.
    In addition to these core elements, the member institutions offer further training opportunities for all doctoral candidates of the partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance, see below:


ProFiL. Professionalisation of Women in Research and Teaching: Mentoring – Training – Networking

The program addresses female scholars with a habilitation, habilitation candidates, junior professors, leaders of junior research groups and postdocs of the cooperating Berlin universities (Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin) and the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung . The programme is offered in German and in English and is run over a period of 12 months and combines mentoring, seminars and training sessions on issues of specific interest to academics with establishing a peer network and strategic networking.


Scholarships are awarded to excellent doctoral researchers (beginning and also in the final stages) that are being written at one of the universities in Berlin. There are two application deadlines per year.




Deutscher Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) – Scholarship Database

Information about DAAD scholarship programmes for international students and researchers as well as a variety of offers from other selected funding organizations.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – Emmy Noether Programme

For advanced early career/postdoctoral researchers in all disciplines, normally up to 4 years after completion of the doctorate and normally at least two years of postdoctoral experience. The program gives exceptionally qualified early career researchers the chance to qualify for the post of a university professor by leading an independent junior research group and performing relevant teaching duties for a period of six years.

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) – Walter Benjamin Programme

It is aimed exclusively at postdocs in an early phase after completion of their doctorate and enables researchers in the postdoctoral training phase to independently conduct their own research project at a location of their choice. Parental leave is taken into consideration.

European Union


European Research Council  ERC Starting Grant

Eligibility Requirements: Researchers with 2-7 years of experience since completion of their PhD.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) – Postdoctoral Fellowships

The objective of PFs is to support researchers’ careers and foster excellence in research. Two types of Postdoctoral Fellowships: European Postdoctoral Fellowships and Global Postdoctoral Fellowships. Researchers with 0-8 years of experience since completion of PhD are eligible to apply.