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 a maximum amount of 250,000 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.
Applications can be submitted at any time. There are two rounds of evaluation in 2020 starting 1st June 2020 and 1st December 2020. Any applications received by 31st May or 30th November will be considered in the respective round of evaluation.
|Shortlisting ||October 2020||April 2021|
|Selection interview||November 2020||May 2021|
Only complete applications enter the evaluation process and must contain the following documents:
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