TU Berlin Center for Junior Scholars (TUB-CJS)

Support for postdoc mobility

As a postdoc   at TU Berlin, you have the possibility to apply for grants to attend conventions and conferences. Assistance is also provided by the IPODI scholarship program, an initiative designed specifically for female scholars. Postdocs can also apply for mobility funding from external agencies such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

International female scholars

TU Berlin is a cosmopolitan university located in the heart of Europe. We provide advice for international female academics looking to spend time as a visiting scholar at TU Berlin. You can find an overview of our advising services under "Advising and Support".

Advice and support concerning all aspects of your stay are also available from the International Scientific Cooperation  section of the Department of International Affairs.

Fellowships for outstanding international female researchers (IPODI program)

TU Berlin’s "IPODI" postdoc initiative has awarded 26 two-year fellowships to outstanding international female researchers. The program was co-financed by the European Union’s Marie Curie Program and was open to all academic chairs at TU Berlin. The program was targeted at outstanding female academics of all ages and nationalities. Applications were particularly welcome from female academics from outside of Germany, female academics looking to return to Germany to work, or those seeking a return to academia after a period in industry or time out from their academic careers (such as parental leave).

International Mobility Experience: P.R.I.M.E.

The DAAD offers a postdoc program co-financed by the EU’s Marie Curie Program. The Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E) program supports international mobility by funding fixed-term employment positions during the postdoc phase. Funding is for 18 months, the first 12 of which are to be completed at a university abroad, with the remaining six months spent at a university in Germany. This year's call for application you can find here.

Application deadline: 31 August 2022. Selection result: February 2023.
Earliest funding start: 1 June 2023; Latest funding start: 1 November 2023

The duration of the application will take at least four weeks. See here for important information for applicants.

Ms. Teichmann from the Center for Junior Scholars can assist you with all your inquiries about P.R.I.M.E.


  • Appropriate host institutions in Germany and abroad must have been identified at the time of application. The contact with these institutions is the responsibility of the applicant (s. PRIME 2022/23 DAAD).
  • For all university teachers who are available as hosts for a prime applicant: For sending your letter of invitation please use this DAAD template.
  • The central prerequisite for the application is still the completion of the doctorate at the beginning of the sponsorship.
  • If the research period abroad is not carried out in one of the EU Member States (no more exceptions for Associated Countries, Switzerland and UK), the applicant must either be a citizen/resident of an EU Member State or be able to prove at least three years of full-time research activity in an EU Member State immediately before the application deadline (previously 5 years). Details can be found in the announcement. In the FAQ section we provide answers to the most common questions.

TU Berlin travel assistance for conferences

TU Berlin funds trips to attend conferences and congresses. Applications are welcome from all doctoral candidates and (employed) postdocs at TU Berlin. If no budgetary or third-party funds are available in your field at TU Berlin to finance travel, you can apply to the Center for Junior Scholars for grants for active participation in conferences, provided that an active support culture is demonstrated. If you wish to apply for a travel grant, please contact the Center for Junior Scholars as early as possible. There are no fixed application deadlines.

Funding is primarily provided for active participation (e.g. presentation of a poster or paper) at a conference. In special cases, participation without a contribution of one's own can also be supported if it is particularly relevant to the doctorate. The prerequisite is a connection to the topic of the doctorate and proof of a lived culture of supervision in the sense of the doctoral agreement made in advance between the supervisor and the doctoral candidate. These requirements apply similarly to postdocs. There should be a reference to the qualification goal of the postdoctoral employment and evidence of the pursuit of the qualification goal, such as minutes, should be submitted. In addition, it must be assured that no other funds from the department's budget, project funds or funds from Graduate Programmes are available.

The amount of funding is up to 800.00 euros and is calculated on the basis of the reimbursable costs for travel, accommodation and daily allowance according to the guidelines of the Federal Travel Expenses Act or the TU Berlin. Please consult the guidelines for information on maximum limits, etc., and also note that you are now allowed to use the more ecological means of transport (the train) even if this leads to additional costs, e.g. compared to using a plane.

The mere participation can be subsidised up to a maximum of 200.00 euros.

As a rule, travel support is only granted once per person and year.

Before applying, please also inform yourself about further funding, especially within the framework of the DAAD's Lecture Travel and Congress Travel Programme (see above).

We also recommend reading the CJS Guide to International Mobility. (see above)

If you would like to apply for a TU Berlin travel grant,

you need to submit the following documents, initially by email:

  1. Statement concerning the relevance for your own further qualification as a postdoc
  2. Confirmation of your application to attend or registration, as well as further information about the conference (e.g. weblink)
  3. Statement of costs showing different cost types
  4. Proof of an active supervisory relationship. Please demonstrate how an active supervisory relationship contributes to your achieving your qualification goals.
  5. Proof of TU Berlin employee status
  6. Assurances provided by your doctoral supervisor that no other funding is available (e.g. from the academic chair’s budget, project funding, funding from research training group)

The Center for Junior Scholars may also require you to submit a hard copy of your application documents.

Should your funding be approved, you are required to submit a brief report to the Center for Junior Scholars on your participation in the conference (1 page maximum), including details of your own contribution and the conference’s academic benefits for your doctorate or research project.

Nice to know:

Limited funding is also available from the Society of Friends of the TU Berlin for travel to conferences and congresses.


JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme (Short Term)

Programme Objective

The aim of the programme is to enable, in cooperation with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), highly qualified young German researchers with doctoral degrees and doctoral students to spend a short-term research period at universities and selected research institutions in Japan.

Who can apply?

Postdoctoral researchers and doctoral students from all disciplines are eligible to apply.

What is funded?

Funding is available for research projects at universities and selected research institutions in Japan.
Stays for the purpose of improving language skills or conducting studies on the country are not funded.

Duration of funding

This scholarship has a duration of

  • 1 to 12 months for doctoral students
  • 1 to 6 months for post-doctoral students

The scholarship cannot be extended.

Scholarship benefits

The JSPS scholarship includes the following benefits

  • round-trip airfare
  • a monthly scholarship instalment for postdoctoral students of approx. 200,000 yen
  • a monthly scholarship instalment for postdoctoral students of approx. 362,000 yen
  • Travel health insurance
  • for stays of three months or more, a start-up flat-rate of approx. 200,000 yen is granted
  • funding can only be granted in modules of full months.

Further information can be found in the DAAD scholarship database.


Susanne Teichmann

Senior advisor doctoral and postdoctoral services


+49 30 314-25908

Organization name Center for Junior Scholars (CJS)
Building FH
Room FH 506
Address Fraunhoferstr. 33-36
10587 Berlin