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Funding opportunities

On this page you will find a selection of funding opportunities and activities related to sustainable development at local, regional and international level.

Calls and activities

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Lund University internal calls and activities

Call for applications for university-wide funding for Interdisciplinary projects focusing on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development

Deadline: 25 November 2022
Lund University has set aside up to SEK 100 million for a university-wide investment in excellence at Lund University with a focus on Agenda 2030 and sustainable development for the period 2021-2025. The Research Board is now announcing funding for interdisciplinary projects for the second and final time. The projects must be relevant for creating new knowledge for sustainable development and Agenda 2030.

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Call for proposals targeting Strategic Research Areas (SRAs)

Seed funding for emerging research topics

Deadline: 15 September 2022
Lund University has decided to support the development of new research opportunities for the University’s Strategic Research Areas (SRAs) by allocating 6 MSEK for a call for seed funding of projects for emerging research topics (STYR 2022/596). Target group for this call is Principal Investigators (PI) from the SRAs at Lund University. The aim of the seed funding is to stimulate and accelerate collaborative inter-SRA projects that may lead to new multidisciplinary and strategic directions. The projects should address questions of strategic importance and be enabled by new collaborations between SRAs, for example by leveraging capabilities developed in one SRA to address breakthrough problems identified by another. 

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LU Thematic collaboration initiative

Opens: late May/early June, Deadline: 23 September
Lund University announces new funding for thematic collaboration initiatives, TSI, for the period 2023-2025. Up to four initiatives will receive funding of SEK 1 million per year over three years. Applications must be faculty-wide and include at least three faculties and at least one, preferably several, external collaboration partners. New for this call is that it will also welcome applications that combine research and collaboration with education in more complete environments.

More information will be provided when the call is announced. 

Information meeting, in Swedish online: 1 June

Registration for the online information meeting -

The call text will be announced on May 23 -

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National calls and activities 

Energy Agency

Do you want to contribute to the industry's energy and climate change?

Deadline: 14 June
Do you have an innovation that can contribute to the industry's energy and climate change? You can apply for support for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and / or contribute to a more efficient use of energy and resources.

Call text at (in Swedish)

Innovations for Managing Sustainable Urban Accessibility

Deadline: 15 September
Urban transport of goods and people accounts for a significant share of greenhouse gas emissions and therefore requires a significant reduction, especially in a highly urbanized continent such as Europe. Innovative solutions to accelerate the transition to climate neutrality and increased attractiveness are in demand by cities of all types and sizes, which want to redistribute the city's limited space in favor of sustainable modes of transport and qualitative public space. Dealing with different types of accessibility in the city is an important part of such a process, and the focus of this call.

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Planned calls for proposals 2022

An overview for this year's planned announcements is now available. Please note that the plan can be changed and that the date and focus are determined by Forma's research council at their various meetings.

Overview - planned calls for proposals 2022 at

International network grant for the SDGs

Deadline: 25 August
Together with several other Swedish research funders Formas is announcing this call to strengthen international research collaboration based on Agenda 2030. The call aims to give Swedish researchers the opportunity to establish and develop networks together with researchers outside Europe to formulate new common project ideas that can help to achieve the SDGs. Collaboration must take place with researchers in non-EU countries, but the call has no other geographical requirements.

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Indo-Swedish Joint Call for Proposals within Circular Economy

Dealine: 16 June
The call is open to organisations in Sweden and India wishing to collaborate. Participation from different types of actors is encourages, such as registered companies (including LLP), universities, university hospitals, research institutes or other relevant actors. Project teams must consist of at least three partners, including at least one from each country. 

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Climate-neutral and inclusive municipalities - Preparatory projects

Deadline: 1 September
We face major societal challenges that affect climate change, global warming and carbon dioxide emissions as well as housing segregation, exclusion and unequal public health. There are less than ten years left before the Agenda 2030 goals are to be achieved. Now is the time to act, to turn knowledge into action and to ensure that research is useful for the transition to sustainable community building that does not exceed planetary boundaries.

Call text at (in Swedish)

From research to application for a sustainable society 2022

Deadline: 31 May
Sweden faces major challenges in converting to socially, environmentally and economically sustainable societies. A key in this change is that different actors in society work together so that research results, together with the knowledge and experience of needy people, can be translated into solutions that can be applied and benefited in society, and really contribute to change. Applications are welcomed within Formas' three areas of responsibility - environment, areal industries and community building.

Call text at (in Swedish)

Keys to the circular economy

Deadline: 24 May
Despite significant progress in recycling technologies as well as in the knowledge of the impacts various circular solutions can have on climate and environment, solutions are not always implemented at the pace required for a transition to a sustainable society.

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Sustainable water resource management

Deadline: 30 May
Through this call, Formas wants to stimulate research in water resource management where the connection between water, society and the environment is in focus, and provides conditions for developing tools and methods in order to secure a future water supply. Formas is happy to see that the projects are based on cooperation across disciplinary boundaries.

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Cross-cutting climate adaptation - cross-border challenges and measures

Deadline: 12 May
To strengthen Sweden's work with climate adaptation, we are now preparing a call for research projects on cross-border challenges and measures in climate adaptation work. The call is made on the initiative of the national research program on climate.

Call text at (in Swedish)

Graduate schools in sustainable community building

Deadline: 19 May 2022
To contribute to knowledge development and skills development in the field of sustainable community building and to support necessary adjustment processes, a call opens for internship and interdisciplinary graduate schools. The call is part of the national research program for sustainable community building.

Call text at (in Swedish)

Mobility grants for early-career researchers

Opens: 15 September, Deadline: 20 October 2022
The call welcomes research projects in which researchers formulate their own research questions. It covers all of Formas’ areas – environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning – including transdisciplinary projects. The research we fund should be of the highest scientific quality and can be basic research or needs-driven research for the ecological, economical and socially sustainable development of society. The call covers both national and international researcher mobility.

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New forest management practices for multiple societal goals

Deadline: 8 June 2022
Alternative forest management methods, such as continuous cover forestry, are increasingly highlighted in Swedish and international forest policy, but both research and practical experience in the field are still limited. Robust knowledge is lacking about the effects and benefits for many key societal goals, and about opportunities and challenges for the implementation of the methods in practice.

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Future calls for proposals 

On this page you will find information about Forte’s upcoming calls for proposals -

Would you like to be a member of Forte’s review panels?

As a member of one of Forte’s scientific review panels, your job is to review, prioritise and assess applications for research funding submitted to Forte. Review panels consist of researchers and representatives from our areas of responsibility: health, working life and welfare. We are now seeking applicants who are interested in joining our review panels in 2022 and beyond.

Read more about the qualifications and how to express your interest to Forte´s review panels at

Conference Grant 2021

Deadline: 30 September 2022 (Applications for conference grants are prepared on an ongoing basis.)
The grant relates to financial support for holding conferences hosted by a Swedish institution of higher education or scientific/scholarly organisation. The financial support is primarily intended for national conferences held in Sweden, which are however encouraged to have international elements. The intention is to facilitate contacts and exchange of experience between Swedish and foreign researchers, to add knowledge from the international research community to Swedish research, and to contribute to the dissemination of Swedish research internationally. The maximum grant amount is SEK 300,000. This is an organisational call for applications.

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The Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize 2023

The Holberg Prize

Deadline: 15 June
The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to research in the humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The recipient must have had a decisive influence on international research. The Prize is worth NOK 6,000,000 (approx. EUR 600,000 / USD 685,000).

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The Nils Klim Prize

Deadline: 15 June
The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually in the above fields, to a young researcher. The candidate must be a citizen of a Nordic country or be formally affiliated with a Nordic research institution. Also, the candidate must be under 35 years of age at the nomination deadline. The Prize is worth NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 50,000). 

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The KTH Great Prize

The prize is taken from the proceeds of a donation made in 1944 and which now stands at one million two hundred thousand SEK (2021). According to the donor, who wished to be and has remained anonymous, the prize shall be awarded to: "A person who, through epoch-making discoveries and the creation of new values and by ingenious applications of findings gained on the practical aspects of life, promotes Sweden's continued material progress, or a person who by means of scientific research has discovered particularly valuable principles or methods which are useful for applications, which promote the above purpose, or a person who through artistic activities "exerts a powerful influence particularly on the spiritual life of her own people." The recipient must also be a Swedish citizen. Nominations can be submitted on an ongoing basis. 

Read more about the prize and nominate at

Nordic Centre

Seed Funding for Sino-Nordic Research Collaboration 

Deadline: 1 October
Application is now open for the Nordic Centre Planning Grant, three planning grants of EUR 10 000 each for projects within the Nordic Centre’s four interdisciplinary thematic focus areas:

  • Sino-Nordic perspectives
  • Sustainable development
  • Digitalization and technology
  • Health and welfare

The purpose is to support the development of strong and strategic research and innovation partnerships between Nordic and Chinese universities, and to give researchers from the Nordic Centre member institu-tions better opportunities to prepare for larger joint research projects and write proposals for major external research grants.

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Upcoming call for proposals:

  • Future working life (will be announced in 2022)

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Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

Deadline: 19 May
The programme is now issuing a call for proposals for research projects. Available budget is approx. NOK 60 million. The call strives for co-operation between research fields within different thematic areas. All proposals must address two or more of the thematic areas. The background and the framework of the programme are further elaborated on in the programme memorandum. 

Thematic areas: 

  1. Plants adapted for future Nordic and Baltic conditions
  2. Increased local and regional protein production for food and feed
  3. Plants and soil as a carbon sink
  4. Transformation towards climate-smart and profitable local and regional agriculture

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Ragnar Sellbergs foundation

Deadline: The foundation receives applications on an ongoing basis
The foundation supports research projects that are conducted at Swedish universities or institutes and that are connected to areas that are close to or include the subject of waste and recycling. The foundation regularly receives applications that include simpler inquiries such as degree jobs or special projects of various kinds as well as more detailed jobs that may form part of licentiate or doctoral work. The foundation prioritises applications where supervision is ensured. The foundation does not provide funds to companies and private individuals if the application lacks a clear connection to a higher education institution, initiatives that cannot be expected to have a more lasting or extensive significance or pure travel allowances.

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Region Skåne

Environmental protection fund

Deadline: 3 June
Support for ideas that can contribute to an environmentally sustainable Skåne. Region Skåne's Environmental Protection Fund supports projects of a development nature that can contribute to achieving the regional environmental goals and the vision goals in the regional development strategy "Open Skåne 2030". Funded projects must be in line with the Regional Development Committee's priority areas: "Better health for more people", "Increased productivity in business", "Strengthened competence supply", "A connected Skåne".

Call text at (in Swedish)

Planning grant for Scanian applications to Horizon Europe

Opens: 15 August, and is open on an ongoing basis with the exception of summer and Christmas holidays, during 2021-2022.
Region Skåne is launching a planning grant ("EU-card") to support the participation of more Skåne actors in the EU's research and innovation program Horizon Europe. The planning support is directed at projects that lead to increased collaborative research within Horizon Europe and the part of the program that addresses "Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness". The target group for the planning grant is small and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit actors (including HEI) operating within the region's borders. Maximum amount to apply for: 100 000 SEK (co-financing of 25 % from HEI). It will be a two-step process: (1) registration of interest, (2) send in full application to Tillväxtverket. 

More information will soon be available at (in Swedish)

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) 

RJ Flexit 2022

Opens: 22 August 2022
With RJ Flexit we offer new, flexible solutions designed to spread research and researchers outside higher education institutions (HEIs).

Call text will be available at

Research Initiation 2021

Deadline: Funding decisions are made by RJ's Executive committee 6–8 times a year. For this reason, there are no set dates for when decisions are made.
RJ Research Initiation is intended to initiate activities that will in some way result in new research in the humanities and social sciences. As such, RJ Research Initiation is intended to support arranging different types of scholarly meetings, such as conferences, seminars and workshops, and the creation of new research networks through scholarly meetings. The minimum application amount is SEK 50,000.

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Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

Research funding on stormwater (syntheses)

Deadline: 7 September
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Agency Marine and Water Management invite individual researchers or research groups to apply for funding for synthesis analyzes of a maximum of SEK 1.5 million per synthesis and a maximum of 1.5 years. The goal is to grant up to two syntheses.

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Research funding for reduced food waste

Deadline: 7 September
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency invites individual researchers or research groups to apply for funding for research projects of a maximum of SEK 3 (3) million spread over three years (2023–2026). The goal is to grant several projects within the call. The total budget for the call is approximately SEK 12 million.

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Funding for research programs: Sustainable climate change and climate adaptation

Deadline (stage 1): 15 October, Deadline (stage 2): 1 March 2023
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Agency Marine and Water Management invite researchers to seek applied and policy-relevant research in a five-year program that connects issues of reduced climate impact, effective climate adaptation and restoration, conservation and strengthening of biodiversity for increased resilience in line with national environmental quality goals and global goals. Sustainable Development. The total budget is SEK 44 million with the intention of granting funding for up to two research programs running over 5 years. The maximum budget for each program is SEK 22 million.

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Research funding on the environmental impact of hydropower

Deadline: 7 September
With this call, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Swedish Agency Marine and Water Management want to support research on the impact of hydropower and other dams on society, landscapes, ecosystems and species. The purpose is to increase knowledge of hydropower and fisheries management-related issues to facilitate the implementation of the National Plan for Modern Environmental Conditions for Hydropower. Researchers in the social sciences, natural sciences and interdisciplinary collaborations can apply for funding for research projects (1 and 2) and syntheses (3, 4 and 5) that focus on one or more of the specializations:

  1. Collaboration in the environmental assessment processes
  2. Environmental assessment and environmental adaptation of hydropower in a socio-economic context
  3. Impact of hydropower and other dams on landscapes, ecosystems, populations and species
  4. Efficiency of measures in different systems
  5. Methods and models useful for water management

Call text at (in Swedish)

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research

SSF Semiconductor System Design (SeSyDe)

Deadline: 1 November
The call focuses on optimal design of semiconductors through research, innovation, value creation and product differentiation. The research must include a holistic view of semiconductor design, including several design steps (eg chiplets, semiconductor IP blocks, system architecture, algorithms, software) which should also include adaptation of the design to the final system products. The goal of the center is to contribute to Sweden becoming one of the leading countries in semiconductor design. SFF allocates SEK 60 million to establish a center for research in semiconductor design. The purpose is to stimulate multidisciplinary research between academia, research institutes, industry and society.

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Call for Strategic mobility 2022!

Deadline: 6 September
Strategic mobility is the call for you who want to broaden your horizons. The Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, finances the salary cost for you who, for a period of time, want to move between industry/business/government/hospitals to academia/research institutes, or the other way around.

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Apply for SSF Industrial Doctoral Student 2022!

Deadline: 19 May
To increase the collaboration between industry and academia, the Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, is investing  30 million SEK in industrial doctoral students. SSF expects to grant 12 projects, up to SEK 2.5 million each. The grant runs during the training period for the doctoral students and must result in a doctoral degree.

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The Swedish National Space Agency

Support for future scientific space projects

Deadline: Applications are processed on an ongoing basis. 
This standing call is aimed at researchers in Sweden who are about to get deeply involved in preparations for and proposals for all or parts of future international space research projects. This is often done through participation in an international consortium of scientists (hereinafter referred to as "the consortium") who jointly produce a proposal for a space project or a scientific instrument for space flight. Parts of this call may also be suitable for scientists preparing to participate in projects within the Elips program and at the International Space Station.

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Research projects - 2022-R

Deadline: 18 May

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The Swedish Research Council (VR) 

Calls in the pipeline for 2022!

Many of the calls are recurrent, e.g. the international postdoc grant, guest professor, etc. 

All upcoming calls are available at

Research project grant for international cooperation within migration and environmental change (Belmont Forum)

Deadline: 29 July
The purpose of the grant is to support international collaboration within Belmont forum. Sweden, via the Swedish Research Council and the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) is one of the countries taking part in the call.

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Increased material recycling of plastic in the construction sector - from design to recycling

Deadline: 14 June
With in construction sector has great potential for increased material recycling through innovation in both public and private activities. Construction and demolition waste is identified as flows with great potential where resource-smart recycling and reuse of plastic is believed to be able to generate great environmental and economic opportunities. Through an inter-agency collaboration between Vinnova and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, it is now possible to explore through pre-study projects how sorting of plastic can be made more efficient, non-toxic material recycling and reuse can increase and demand for recycled / reused plastic can be strengthened.

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Competence centers within Sustainable industry and Digital transformation 2022

Opens: 17 May, Deadline: 1 March 2023
In this the offer we finance competence centers where different parties in the areas Sustainable industry and Digital transformation collaborates to develop new knowledge in the field. This knowledge must be able to be used in business or society to provide new products, processes or models. Academics, research institutes, business and the public sector can apply in constellations where academia or research institutes must be the coordinating party. Vinnova plans to grant a maximum of 8 competence centers. Funding for a center is planned to be SEK 4 million for year 1 and SEK 8 million for years 2-5.

Information meetings: 31 May and 6 September

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The Zayed Sustainability Prize

Deadline: 6 July 2022
The Zayed Sustainability Prize, an evolution of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability and a tribute to the legacy of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Established in 2008, this annual award recognises and rewards the achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. This year the Prize is particularly targeting Swedish organisations. Each of the categories rewards the winner with a prize of US$600,000 per region. The world regions are: The Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Europe & Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia & Pacific. 

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International calls and activities

European Parliament outlook for 2022

European Parliament Research Services has released a short publication in which their investigators list ten hot EU topics that are believed to have a major impact in 2022.

  1. Radical decoupling: Achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining economic growth
  2. Securing Europe's supply of semiconductors
  3. Sustainable agriculture: Mission possible?
  4. A new push for nuclear non-proliferation?
  5. Shaping the economic recovery
  6. ECB monetary policy: Caught between a rock and a hard place
  7. Internet of things: Securing the uptake of connected devices in the EU
  8. Uncharted waters: What to expect after the Conference on the Future of Europe
  9. LGBTIQ equality: Somewhere over the rainbow
  10. Forward with EU defence

Ten issues to watch in 2022 -

European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder

The Horizon Europe initiative, European Innovation Council (EIC) aims to identify and support breakthrough technologies and game changing innovations to create new markets and scale up internationally. The Pathfinder grant programme supports research teams to research or develop an emerging breakthrough technology.

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Pathfinder Challenges

Deadline: 26 October 2022

Preliminary shortlist of suggested EIC Pathfinder Challenges for 2022

  • Carbon and Nitrogen management and valorisation,
  • Mid to long term and systems integrated energy storage,
  • Cardiogenomics,
  • Towards the Healthcare Continuum: technologies to support a radical shift from episodic to continuous healthcare,
  • Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering,
  • DNA-based digital data storage
  • Alternative approaches to Quantum Information Processing and Communication

You are always welcome to contact Research Services for further information on the EIC Grants scheme as well as other HEU related programmes.

Horizon Europe

Research Services continuously provide updated information regarding Horizon Europe programme at their blogg. -

The European Commission: Publication of the Horizon Europe first Work programme

The EC recently published the Horizon Europe 2021-2022 Work programme. 

Pillar II, clusters: 

  1. Health 
  2. Culture, creativity and inclusive Society
  3. Civil Security for Society
  4. Digital, Industry and Space
  5. Climate, Energy and Mobility
  6. Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

Additional WP´s can be found on Research Services blogg -

Calls are listed in the Funding and Tenders portal -

European University Association provide information on third-country participation, updates to rules for participation, other work programmes under Horizon Europe and Info-Days. 

Read about the Horizon Europe Work programme 2021-2022 and opportunities for universities at

National Contact Points (NCP) are responsible for informing about calls and events, and for answering questions relating to their respective areas of responsibility within Horizon Europe. 

A complete description of all Swedish national contact persons is available at

ERC deadlines 2022

Proof of Concept 2022: 19/05/2022; 29/09/2022

ERC calls 2023 - tentative dates at

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ERC instruction videos available for you who plan to apply for grants at

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MSCA - Calls 2021 (preliminary deadlines)

Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF): Deadline: 14 September 2022, call opens 13 April 2022.
Doctoral Networks (DN). Deadline 15 November 2022, call opens 3 May 2022.
Staff Exchanges (SE). Deadline 8 March 2023, call opens 6 October 2022.
COFUND. Deadline: 9 February 2023, call opens 11 October 2022.

Humbolt Scholarships for Post-Doctoral Training on Sustainable Development in Germany (all areas)

Deadline: anytime
A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows you to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research. Researchers from outside Germany at the beginning of their academic career with a completed doctorate in the last four years may apply.

Further information at