Add-on Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Life Science
50 Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs
In 2015, the Joachim Herz Foundation launched a fellowship program to foster interdisciplinary skills and support the careers of young scientists from various disciplines. The fellowship addresses scientists who already have a position at or current basic funding from a German research institution and aim to answer biological research questions. The Add-on Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Life Science do not cover living expenses. Instead, they allow doctoral candidates and postdocs who are interested in further training in related disciplines to attend conferences, conduct research stays or undertake professional training needed in order to gain new insights into relevant research methods.
The fellowships enable interdisciplinary research and qualification (e.g. stays at a research lab and participation in conferences), specialized equipment and tools (laptops, software, etc.), participation in events of the Joachim Herz Foundation and fellowship meetings. The Add-on fellows will receive a maximum amount of €12,500 per person to be spent over a period of two years. For fellows with children, additional funds are available to cover specific costs, e.g. related to childcare. Apply now!
The application period ends on June 7, 2022.
Rudi Balling, Systems Biomedicine, Bonn
Jens Bohne, Molecular Biology, Hannover
Susanne Brakmann, Chemical Biology, Dortmund
Björn Corzilius, Physical Chemistry, Rostock
Martin Fischer*, Computational Biology, Jena
Dhana Friedrich*, Systems Biology, Boston (US)
Linnea Hesse*, Biomechanics, Freiburg
Arjen Jakobi*, Bionanoscience, Delft (NL)
Lars Kaderali, Bioinformatics, Greifswald
Edda Klipp, Theoretical Biophysics, Berlin
Andreas Kremling, Systems Biotechnology, Munich
Ursula Kummer, Modeling of Biological Processes, Heidelberg
Alexander Löwer, Systems Biology, Darmstadt
Annette Meister, Biophysics, Halle
Matthias Rarey, Structural Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics, Hamburg
Fred Schaper, Systems Biology, Magdeburg
Constanze Schmidt, Cardiology and Cellular Electrophysiology, Heidelberg
Andreas Schuppert, Computational Biomedicine, Aachen
Ulrich Schweizer, Biochemistry, Bonn
Petra Schwille, Biophysics, Martinsried
Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Computational Neuroscience, Bonn
Fabian Theis, Computational Biology, Munich
Jens Timmer, Systems Biology, Freiburg
Matthias Wilmanns, Structural Systems Biology, Hamburg
Marietta Zille*, Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Wien (AT)
Michael Ziller, Systems Medicine, Munich
*Alumni of the Add-on Fellowships for Interdisciplinary Life Science
You are already integrated in the German science system and wish to gain insight into adjacent branches of study? We support your interdisciplinary research and international networking. The Joachim Herz Foundation provides flexible support of your career development over a period of two years with a total amount of up to €12,500. Fellows with children will additionally be provided with funds up to €3,000 for the reconciliation of work and family life.
The Joachim Herz Stiftung supports doctoral candidates and postdocs from different disciplines conducting interdisciplinary research with respect to biological questions.
A position at a German research institution or another basic funding is a prerequisite for the application for the Add-on Fellowships.
It is also important to note that scientists who, in the role of a project leader, have already obtained funding for research projects as part of peer review programs of the DFG, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the EU, or an institution that funds research projects, etc. are no longer eligible to apply for this fellowship program.
Application Deadline: June 7, 2022
Fellowships start from November 2022
· Completed application form
· Letter of motivation (max. 3,800 characters incl. blanks)
· Description of your research (max. 3,800 characters incl. blanks)
· Supporting letter by supervisor/group leader (stating his/her support and the need for fostering the applicant’s interdisciplinary skills)
· Copies of the study degree / transcript of records and possibly doctoral certificate
Please also note the information sheet with further information on the application process and the Fellowship program.
You can submit your application in German or in English via the Online Application System.
We are looking forward to your application!
About our Add-On Fellows
With the Add-on Fellowships we support the interdisciplinary work of young scientists. Here you can see what our current and former fellows are working on and what they say about the Add-On Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Life Science.
- „Through the Add-on Fellowship, I have the unique opportunity to sharpen my profile and optimize the conditions for my research. I am thrilled how uncomplicated this great individual funding from the Joachim Herz Foundation works!"
Daniel Kaiser, Postdoc (Neuroradiologie) at Universitätsklinikum Dresden, 7th year
- “The Add-on Fellowship has given me the opportunity to meet people, work on things and have experiences that would otherwise have never been possible! The network is fantastic and, I can honestly say, I have made friends.”
Maximilian Eggl, Postdoc (Applied mathematics) at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, 6th year
- „The Add-On Fellowship has given me confidence and a valuable network in the challenging uncertainty of building an independent research agenda.“
Marc Brehme, Alumnus Postdoc (Biologie) at RWTH Aachen, 2nd year
Who does the Joachim Herz Foundation actually support? Barbara Huber is one of our add-on fellows. In her PhD research at the Max Planck Institute she studies old plant remains by using biochemical and biomolecular approches to find out, how people used plants in the past. In this video, she shows what her research activity is all about.
Our current and former Fellows