DZHK Junior Research Group

Key facts

Availabe funds €1.8 million per group
Duration of funding up to 6 years
Research theme open


Dr. Sandra Petzold
Coordinator Preclinical Research
phone: +49 30 3465 529-05

Applications should be submitted in a single email.

With the Junior Research Group fellowship, the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) offers an opportunity for early-career researchers to develop an independent research career. The fellowship is directed at postdoctoral researchers from Germany and from abroad with an interest in translational cardiovascular research who want to establish and manage their own project and group, lead their own team and who strive for scientific independence.

Who can apply

Early-career scientists who obtained their PhD no more than six years ago and MDs who graduated from medical school no more than 8 years ago are eligible to apply. At the start of funding, applicants should have at least two years of experience as a postdoctoral scientist and should be able to show successful postdoctoral work through first author publications in high‑ranking peer-reviewed journals.

What we offer

The fellowship will be awarded for up to six years, with an amount of 300,000 euro per year. The research group can be established at one of the DZHK’s 28 member institutions which are located at our seven sites: Berlin, Göttingen, Greifswald, Hamburg/Kiel/Lübeck, Heidelberg/Mannheim, Munich and Rhine-Main.

Closing dates

Applications can be submitted at any time. There are two rounds of evaluation in 2021 starting 1st June 2021 and 1st December 2021. Any applications received by 31st May or 30th November will be considered in the respective round of evaluation.

Closing dates                    31/05/2021                 30/11/2021

                    October 2021                April 2022
Selection interview

                    November 2021                 May 2022

Application documents

Only complete applications enter the evaluation process and must contain the following documents:

Application form

Research proposal including CV and list of publications


Please read the funding guideline Junior Research Group for further details.

Selection process

The applications are assessed in a multistage process

  • DZHK internal assessment (review panel consisting of DZHK Board of Directors, partner site speakers and speaker of the Young DZHK)
  • external peer review
  • shortlisting and
  • selection interviews