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Einstein Visiting Fellow


The Einstein Visiting Fellowship aims to enhance the international profile of universities and research institutions in Berlin by involving leading scientists and scholars from abroad in long-term academic research collaborations. The programme primarily targets researchers whose expertise can sustainably promote specific areas of academic excellence in Berlin. In contrast to typical visiting researchers who stay at an institution for one semester, the goal of the Einstein Visiting Fellowship is to integrate Fellows into Berlin's academic landscape on a sustainable basis.


Einstein Visiting Fellows are expected to set up a working group in Berlin in consultation with their hosts and come to Berlin at least three times a year for several weeks or once a year for more than five months to work with the group and be available for junior researchers. While in Berlin, Visiting Fellows also work on joint projects with other researchers and run courses and other events in agreement with their host institutions.


Applications may be submitted by a Berlin-based Cluster of Excellence funded through Germany's Excellence Strategy. In addition, Einstein Centers are eligible as well as DFG Research Training Groups and Collaborative Research Centers if they have at least three years of their maximum funding period left. The eligibility of entities who are not (or are no longer) receiving competitively acquired third-party funding is judged on a case-by-case basis and will be permitted providing adequate justification is given.


All applications must be endorsed by the management of the host university or Charité – Universitätsmedizin.


The Foundation will provide up to €500,000 over three years or €330,000 for applications for extensions over two years.

These funds are intended for the creation of a working group in Berlin, including a postdoctoral position permanently based in Berlin who can take over that will involve the handling of managerial functions for the group.


The funds may also be used for:

  • an appropriate expense allowance for the Einstein Visiting Fellow – in accordance with the regulations governing the host institution – to be based on the Fellow’s qualifications and position in his or her home country,

  • expenses for directly incurred expenses (including travel and accommodation) as deemed necessary by the Fellow for his or her research project.


Funding is provided for a period of three years. At the end of this period, an application for a further two years may be submitted.


Applications in all disciplines are welcome. Proposals must be made using the application forms provided online by the Einstein Foundation. Application deadlines can be found on the Foundation's website.

If an eligible institution has set internal deadlines for applications to the Einstein Foundation, please contact the relevant person at your institution (see on the right) in good time.

Applications must be submitted in English.


Applications for extensions should be made using the forms provided by the Einstein Foundation and submitted by the deadlines announced on the Foundation’s website.
The same rules and recommendations apply as for the original application.


Entities that have previously been successful in their application for an Einstein Visiting Fellow from abroad may apply for an Einstein Visiting Fellow from a German institution. The requirements are identical with the standard program. The maximum amount of funding is €330,000 for three years or €220,000 for two-year extensions. A remuneration of the Fellow is not possible.


Grants from the Foundation are disbursed through the budget of the host university or the Charité–Universitätsmedizin as third-party funding. The host institution acts as employer of persons funded by the Einstein Foundation's grant and will provide the space and infrastructure required.