Programme to promote the return of highly qualified young researchers from abroad

Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Düsseldorf, Germany

You are currently conducting research abroad and have thought about returning to Germany? You have already achieved results and are now keen to take your career to the next level? Why not come to North Rhine-Westphalia under the state government’s Returning Scientists Scheme?

This year’s call is all about battery research. North Rhine-Westphalia, already home to a number of leading institutions in this field, aims to expand this position and become an international centre of excellence.

The Returning Scientists Programme will open the door for you to set up and lead an independent junior research team at a university in NRW. You will receive a personal financial commitment of up to 1.25 million euros for a period of five years and enter into negotiations with universities of your choice. You will be able to establish your team of junior researchers at the university that offers you the best outlook, perhaps even beyond the duration of the funding period. A total of six talented young people can be funded this year.

We await your application if you meet the following conditions: You are conducting research outside Germany and have a doctorate from between two and six years ago. You were a German resident before you left the country and you can today show at least twelve months of successful research outside Germany.

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Please use the online tool to submit your application documents by April 26, 2020 (time-critical).

Please apply via recruiter’s website.