Technische Universität Berlin

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 2021. Selection result: end of March 2022.
Earliest funding start: 1 June 2022; Latest funding start: 1 October 2022

The duration of the application can take up to three weeks. See here for important information for applicants.

TU-DOC – Office for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Services can assist you with all your inquiries about P.R.I.M.E.

New information from the German Academic Exchange Service (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. In principle, an application is possible regardless of nationality and current place of residence, but there may be restrictions in the choice of destination countries depending on nationality and current place of residence. Details can be found in the announcement. In the FAQ section we provide answers to the most common questions.

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.


Go International - Mobility Options for PhD Students and Postdocs - 23.09.21, 14.00-16.00


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