Helmholtz Postdoc Programme


In 2012 the Helmholtz Association, in collaboration with its reseach centers, launched a new postdoctoral award to promote early scientific independence and equal opportunities. To date, the Helmholtz Assoication and MDC were able to support two candidates, Oktay Kaplan from the Tursun Group and Annabel Christ from the Willnow group. The third call has been announced in April 2014. Please see below for further information on this opportunity and application process.


Promote Early Scientific Independence and Equal Opportunities

Talented young academics who have completed a promising doctoral thesis can take advantage of a new Helmholtz Association programme designed to help them further develop their scientific excellence effectively. They will receive a grant for a period of two to three years directly after earning their PhD, enabling them to work independently on a research topic of their own choosing and establish themselves in their field of research, e.g. by publishing on the topic. To promote equal opportunities, it is intented to grant at least 50 percent of the positions in the programme to women.



The programme is aimed at young scientists and academics who have either gained their doctoral qualification in Germany or abroad within the past year (plus, where applicable, parental leave of up to two years) or are about to earn their degree. The most important selection criterion is the academic quality of the candidate’s PhD thesis, but outstanding grades and publications are relevant for selection as well, as are any prizes or awards candidates may have won.


The Application Procedure

Candidates apply directly to one of the Helmholtz Centres. A committee of distinguished experts select those candidates to be admitted to the programme. For futher information on applying to the MDC, please see the MDC online application portal.


Deadline for submission to MDC in 2014: 19 May