The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a 3-year program for excellent early-career scientists (up to 3 years after graduation) at Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health. Talented postdocs who are accepted into the program receive 3-year fully funded postdoctoral positions and can focus on a research project in an institute of the Center. An experienced research mentor and a personal coach will create an individual career plan together with the fellows and prepare them for their next career step in scientific leadership positions. Depending on the fellow’s personal career goal, the focus will be on careers in academic research or industry.

Professional assistance in acquiring external funding

In addition to a modular training program for acquiring leadership qualifications, the fellows will receive intensive support for external grant acquisition.

Support for the fellows in building up international networks

The fellows will be integrated into the institutes in international and interdisciplinary research groups. Personal travel grants will enable them to meet up regularly with international colleagues to exchange ideas and to build up international networks. In a step-by-step process, the fellows will develop their own profile and visibility in the respective field of research.


We welcome applications from highly qualified and motivated early-career scientists of all nationalities who have received a doctoral degree in biological sciences, chemistry, bioinformatics, physics, mathematics, veterinary or human medicine or related life sciences within the last 3 years or who will receive their doctoral degree by the start of the program. For further information about the application process please consult the application overview.

We only accept complete applications submitted via the online application platform. Out of all applicants, 16 candidates will be invited by the appointing committee for the PFP Interview Days in Munich taking place 8-10 weeks after the application deadline. The decision on the admission to the program will be announced within 2 weeks after the Interview Days. Future fellows shall start at the Center within 3 months after the acceptance of the fellowships.