Funding of Research Groups: Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research

Germany and France are jointly supporting the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Both countries are leading the way with their coordinated German-French Fellowship Programme to promote research in the areas of climate, energy and Earth system science. Under the French „Make our planet great again“ initiative (MOPGA-GRI), Germany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners to advance sustainability research in the following fields:

  1. Research on climate change
  2. Research for the energy transition
  3. Research to understand the Earth system

Fellows of the programme will be given the opportunity to set up their own research group at a German university or research institution for a period of four years.

In Step 1 of the call individual applicants submit a statement of interest using an online application form.
Application deadline for Step 1: 13 October 2017

In Step 2 of the call and following a review process a limited number of applicants from Step 1 will be asked to prepare a full application together with a German host institution of their choice (university or non-university research institution).
Application deadline for Step 2: 15 February 2018

What and who will be funded?

Funding will be provided for the establishment of research groups in the designated research areas under the leadership of the successful applicants. Junior researchers will receive up to 1 million euros and senior researchers up to 1.5 million euros for 4 years (combined value of contributions from the DAAD and the German host institution). The funding provided will cover staff expenditure (including the position of the applicant him- or herself, post-docs, doctoral students and/or technicians), as well as expenditures for materials and consumables).

Funding period: The funding period commences on 1st March 2018 (earliest begin) and ends on 31 December 2022 at the latest. The duration of a project may not exceed 48 months.

Who can apply?

Both junior and senior researchers of all nationalities who have not resided in Germany in the last two years can apply. Junior researchers must have completed their doctorate with distinction at least two years prior to the application deadline of the programme. Applicants are expected to have an excellent record of publications and/or patents and wish to set up their own research group and realize a highly original and innovative research project at a German university or research institution of their choice.

Further information

Further information regarding this programme, as well as the full call, can be accessed on the DAAD website. The online application form (Step 1 of the application procedure) is accessible through the following link: