GFZ Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Students in Germany

Application Deadline: August 31, 2018.

The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences offers two Postdoctoral positions that aim at adding to the future direction of GFZ’s research.


The new positions are funded by the recently implemented Topic Innovation Fund (TIF) and will support two fellowships per call, starting once a year. The fellowships will run for a maximum duration of three years. Successful candidates are expected to perform innovative projects and to identify future fields of research within the GFZ research units. The research topic can be freely chosen but must be assigned to one of the GFZ’s research units, have an interdisciplinary approach, and be realized in close cooperation with at least two GFZ sections. These newly implemented positions are expected to improve cooperation between the single research units.

Degree Level:  Fellowships are available to pursue postdoctoral programme.

Study Subject:  GFZ has established a fund to promote the topics in GFZ’s research program (, the topic innovation fund (TIF). TIF is intended as an incentive for the further development of the program topics. 

Place of Study: Germany
Number of Fellowships : 2

Duration: The core element of TIF is an annual call for 2 postdoc fellowships for a maximum of 3 years duration.

Eligible Countries: International students can apply.

  • You should be a junior scientists from within or outside the GFZ, holding a PHD in Geosciences or related fields that is not older than 8 years
  • Every applicant needs a GFZ section that sponsors and hosts the applicant (‘lead section’) and at least one additional co-sponsoring section
  • Applications must be supported by section leaders with a reference letter
  • Innovative character of research proposed
  • Interdisciplinarity within a program topic or between the program topics
  • You should have an excellent record (publications, preparatory work etc.)


Your proposal should be linked to one of the program topics within the GFZs research environment. You need at least the support of two GFZ sections ensuring interdisciplinary of your proposed research. The proposal (max. 6 pages) focusing on innovation and interdisciplinary is the core of your application. It is complemented by a CV (max. 2 pages) and letters of support of at least two section heads from GFZ.

Deadline for the 2018 call is August 31st, 2018.
Applications that are not complete by the time of the deadline will not be considered!

Short listed candidates will be invited to present their projects on September 17th, 2018.

The planned starting date for 2018 fellowships is November 1st, 2018. There will be a call for 2 new GFZ PostDoc Fellowships every year.

For more information, you may visit the official website.


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