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Funding Programmes and Awards

Forschungszentrum Jülich coordinates many national and international funding programmes from which early-career scientist may benefit. Within the China Scholarship Council (CSC) programme, ten to fifteen PhD students or postdocs per year come to Forschungszentrum Jülich for a period of six months to four years. DAAD programmes allow early-career scientists at various career stages to pursue a research stay at the institutes. The application processes and required documentation vary, and the programmes are administered by different members of staff. Forschungszentrum Jülich also actively encourages outstanding early-career scientists to apply for prizes, awards, and membership of renowned research academies.

Award winnersAwards for good scientific communication: Sarah Finkeldei (centre), Marco Prill (left), und Maurice Nuys (right)
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Funding Programmes

National and International Programmes

Corporate Development coordinates various international funding programmes that enable PhD students to work at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Doctorates are conferred by a German university. Sandwich PhD students can complete part of their doctoral project in Jülich and graduate in their home country.

Prizes and Awards

Jülich Excellence Prize

Since 2009, Forschungszentrum Jülich has awarded the Excellence Prize, endowed with € 5,000 for each winner, to internationally successful early-career scientists whose ideas have provided decisive stimulus in their respective area of research. The distinction is based on an outstanding PhD thesis, the main parts of which were written at Jülich, combined with excellent achievements during the subsequent one to two years of the postdoc. Based on external expert opinions, a high-ranking jury composed of four internal and four external professors decides which researchers belong to the top 5 % of their peers in their respective research field worldwide. The prize may be awarded to up to five early-career scientists. However, it is only awarded if a nominee’s scientific achievements are beyond doubt, and it is only awarded to the maximum number of researchers if five nominees meet these high standards.

Your contact is:
Dr. Sonja Holl, Corporate Development

Helmholtz Doctoral Prize

This programme is aimed at early-career scientists who received their doctoral degree within the previous year at a Helmholtz Centre with outstanding results, who have distinguished themselves through their scientific excellence and personal commitment during their doctorate, whose research is related to the Helmholtz mission, and who wish to pursue a career in research. Successful candidates will receive a one-off payment of € 5,000. Award winners may choose how to spend the prize money. In addition, a sum of up to € 2,000 per month is available to prize winners for travel and related costs for a stay of up to six months at an international research institution outside Germany.

Your contact is:
Dr. Sabine Hanrath, Corporate Development