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90+ funding opportunities from EU & European countries for your mobility & cooperative projects -- Q1 2019


This list is adapted from a flagship publication of our EURAXESS LAC colleagues. The jobs, grants and fellowships announced here are funded by the European Commission, EU member states or associated countries as well as private institutionsand are open to Japan-based researchers and institutions. This list is published on a regular basis. This edition is valid for Q1-2019.

To find more opportunities, we invite you to consult the EURAXESS Portal, and more specifically the:

  •  EURAXESS Job database that lists thousands of vacancies from more than 40 European countries and other regions in the world.
  •  Funding database allowing you to search for the funding programme you need for your mobility or research cooperation project.

Please note that individual researchers can upload their CVs on the portal, register their searches and create alerts to be informed when a vacancy matching their profile has been published. Funding organisations can publish their funding opportunities and scholarships on the EURAXESS website to increase their visibility and reach the best candidates worldwide.

We hope this list will help you turn your interest in research mobility into reality and remain at your disposal to discuss your projects.


ALSO AVAILABLE AS A PDF DOCUMENT: euraxess_japan_funding_list_q1-2019.pdf


European Union

Horizon 2020 – Work programme 2018-2020 and List of calls particularly interesting for Japan!

The European Union’s Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, including preliminary information on all calls to be launched until 2020 has now been published.


Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and innovation running from 2014 to 2020 with a €80 billion budget. H2020 supports scientifically-excellent research, innovation, and technological development, through collaborative and innovative research projects as well as grants and fellowshipsto individuals set out in the Horizon 2020 work programme. The vast majority of this funding is allocated on the basis of competitive calls open to applications from researchers, businesses and other interested organisations located in any of the EU Member States or countries associated to Horizon 2020.

It is open to the world, so Japanese researchersand institutions are very welcome to get involved.

The final Work Programme for Horizon 2020 covers the budgetary years 2018, 2019 and 2020, representing an investment of around €30 billion.

Access all open calls on the Horizon 2020 Participant Portal by entering the Topic ID of the call in the search engine (top-right corner of page).

Organisations from any sector and country, including Japan can participate in H2020 projects.

However, Japanese research institutions are not eligible for direct funding by the European Commission. It is suggested that they check their local co-funding schemes to support their participation (here for Japan).

Please note that Japanese individual researchers are eligible to funding by MSCA and ERC.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Open call to Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

This Marie Skłodowska-Curie scheme aims at promoting international and inter-sectoral collaboration through research and innovation staff exchanges. It also encourages knowledge sharing and bringing ideas from research to market.

RISE enables international and intersectoral collaboration, based on short-term staff exchanges between organisations worldwide. RISE projects are research and innovation projects that can last up to four years.

Who can apply?

Partners organisations get together and propose a joint project. Proposals should highlight networking opportunities, sharing of knowledge and the skills development of staff members.

Proposals should include at least three partners, which can be universities, research institutions, or non-academic organisations. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to participate. Partner organisations should be from three different countries. At least two of these should be from the EU or Associated Countries.

Japanese institutions can join a consortium as partner, but cannot receive direct funding from the European Commission for the secondment of their researchers or for other research, training and networking activities.

Participation of Brazilian Institutions is therefore open, but co-financing from the Japanese side is needed. A possibility for such co-financing is through the JSPS Core-to-Core programme, for example.

Research staff of any nationality and any career level (postgraduates to experienced researchers) can undertake a secondment. Staff members working in managerial, technical or administrative roles can also be seconded.

Which research topics are supported?

Any research field may qualify for MSCA RISE funding, apart from areas covered by the EURATOM Treaty

How do I prepare a RISE project?

  • Familiarise yourself with the most important documents (Guide for Applicants and Work Programme).
  • Attend the WEBINAR on MSCA - RISE on 21 February 2019,  22:30 JST More info & registration here.
  • Contact the National contact point (NCP) in Japan:
  • Read aditional information and tips on EURAXESS Japan website here and here.

Deadline: 2 April 2019

Please, note that the call is not open to individual researchers/students.

Japanese researchers interested in high quality doctoral-level training in and outside academia can apply to the PhD positions created by MSCA funded Innovative training Networks (ITN), including Industrial Doctorate and Joint Doctorate. They are advertised on the Euraxess Job portal.

ERCIM – Alain Bensoussan Fellowships (incoming)

ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics, offers fellowships for PhD holders from all over the world. Fellowships are of a 12 month duration, spent in one of the leading European Research Institutes which makes up part of the ERCIM network.

Topics cover most disciplines in Computer Science, Information Technology, and Applied Mathematics. (see list of topics covered here)

Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent at the start of the fellowship, but not necessarily at the time the application is submitted. Applicants who already hold a PhD degree are eligible if they obtained their PhD degree during the previous eight year period (prior to the year of the application deadline).

Exceptions to this rule are made for applicants with prolonged career breaks due to parental leave and/or mandatory military/civil service in which case the time of the career break will not be counted. The ERCIM Office must be contacted prior to the application submission.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Call for proposals: MEXT/Erasmus+ co-funded Joint Master Degrees between Japan and Europe

In 2019 for the first time Erasmus Mundus opens up to a new partnership model in the form of a joint call EU-Japan. The purpose of the joint call will be to select excellent consortia of European and Japanese universities to develop highly integrated joint master programmes and offer scholarships to students. Mobility of students and scholars between the EU and Japanese universities involved in projects will be a key feature of the action.

The partnership will indicatively co-fund around 3 joint masters which willfoster innovation and excellence in the European and Japanese higher education areas (3MEUR provisioned on EU side, similar funding from Japanese side). These projects will be delivered by international consortia consisting of at least 3 HEIs from Erasmus+ Programme Countries and at least 1 HEI from Japan. All Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees conditions described in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide apply to projects co-funded by the EU-Japan partnership, except where otherwise specified.

.Deadline: 1 April 2019

Selection of fully funded PhD positions offered by MSCA ITN projects

MSCA Innovative Training Network AQUASENSE –
PhD positions in water quality observing technology (Incoming)

Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers) to be funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) AQUASENSE a consortium of high profile universities and companies located across Europe.

The candidate is expected to have skills in the following areas: Engineering; Electronics; Physics. As the project focusses on training, there is an expectation that the candidate will submit a PhD in the field relevant to the project and publish the results in journals of good impact. The candidate is also expected to attend and contribute to the workshops and secondments as specified in the project programme. A Master's degree is required.

Deadline: 29 March 2019.

MSCA European Training Network MISTRAL – PhD positions in Multi-sectoral approaches to Innovative Skills Training for Renewable energy & sociAL acceptance

MISTRAL is a network of 7 beneficiaries and 15 global partners who will collaborate to evaluate the complexity of social acceptance issues facing the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure and propose innovative solutions in a variety of research, government and business contexts.

The project aims to provide an innovative training environment where young researchers can develop advanced research and transferable skills, benefit from a range of diverse secondment experiences, and debate current issues with world leading researchers in the field, in order to develop advanced capacities for progressing Europe’s energy transition.

WHO? Early Stage Researchers (Master’s degree) who must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full -time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Deadline: 26 February 2019.

MSCA European Joint Doctorate NOWELTIES – Joint PhD in the Laboratory for New Materials and Inventive Water Treatment Technologies (Incoming)

NOWELTIES is a Marie Sklodowska Curie Action European Joint Doctorate (EJD) project, programme Innovative Training Networks. Its primary objective is to organize a platform that will provide cutting edge training opportunities for the education of tomorrow’s water treatment experts. The core activity is the research programme (composed of 14 individual research projects) aimed at development of inventive water treatment technologies (advanced biological treatments, innovative oxidation processes, hybrid systems) that allow catering for the varied treatment demands for a plethora of interconnected streams arising from recycling loops.

WHO? 14 PhD positions are being offered, for researchers specialized in Chemistry, Chemical, Environmental, Hydrogeological or Materials Engineering, Biotechnology, Physics or similar. Research projects are already defined. Candidates should have a strong interest in (waste) water treatment and interdisciplinary research including bioprocesses for wastewater treatment, nanotechnology, and fate of organic and inorganic contaminants in engineered treatment systems.

All hired researchers will compulsory enrol in Doctoral Programmes at two Universities (host institution and mobility host) and undertake mobility in order to implement the Individual Research Project, as well as to participate in a sustained training programme that will lead to awarding double doctoral degree.

The positions are offered for 3 years for specific research projects in different institutions across Europe.

Deadline: 4 March 2019.

MSCA Innovative Training Network POEMA –
PhD positions in Algebra, Geometry and Computer Science (Incoming)

POEMA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network. Its goal is to train scientists at the interplay of algebra, geometry and computer science for polynomial optimization problems and to foster scientific and technological advances, stimulating interdisciplinary and intersectoriality knowledge exchange between algebraists, geometers, computer scientists and industrial actors facing real-life optimization problems.

The proposed PhD projects are investigating the development of new algebraic and geometric methods combined with computer algebra techniques for global non-linear optimization problems and their applications, in particularly, in smarter cities challenges, urban traffic management, water network management, energy flow control, or environmental monitoring.

WHO? to apply for one of these PhD positions (research projects already defined, to be undertaken in different institutions across Europe), the applicant should fulfill the following conditions:

  • Have — at the date of recruitment — a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering (or any equivalent diploma).
  • Should have — at the date of recruitment — less than 4 years of a research career, and not have a doctoral degree.
  • Trans-national mobility: The applicant — at the date of recruitment— should not have resided in the country where the research training takes place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment, and not have carried out their main activity (work,studies, etc.) in that country.
  • Be able to communicate fluently in English (speaking and writing). Oral interview with the prospective advisor may be required.

Deadline: 15 March 2019

MSCA European Training Network SENTINEL – PhD positions in Eletrochemistry (Incoming)

The SENTINEL programme will tackle electrochemistry at the level of individual entities such nanoparticles (metal, semiconducting, soft matter), living cells at the nanoscale, as well as single redox-active (macro) molecules. The study of systems at this level is a hugely important emerging area of electrochemistry which is inter/multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral.

Applications are invited for highly qualified and motivated young researchers to work full time on projects under a three-year PhD program hosted across seven European countries.

WHO? Candidates must have:

  • Diploma and/or Masters Degree in Engineering, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Physics or Biology
  • Less than 4 year’s research experience.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and good communication skills.
  • Candidates must not already have a PhD
  • Candidates must not have lived in or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the hosting country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment start date.

The positions are offered for 3 years for specific research projects in different institutions across Europe.

Deadline: 28 February 2019.

MSCA Innovative Training Network UCOM - “Ultrasound Cavitation in sOft Materials” PhD Fellowships Call for Applications (Incoming)

UCOM is a joint research training and doctoral programme, funded by the EU and implemented by a partnership of high profile universities, research institutions, and non-academic organisations that are located in 8 different countries. It is an interdisciplinary network working on mechanical, physics, medical and biomedical technology fields.

WHO? The applicants:

  • Must have a Master (or equivalent) degree in Mechanical or Biofluid Engineering, Physics or Chemistry with solid knowledge of fluid dynamics and its applications
  • Must be in the first 4 years of his/her research career, measured from the date of graduation (MSc degree or equivalent)
  • Must not hold a PhD degree
  • Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country of their appointment for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
  • Must be able to communicate fluently in English, in oral and written form.

The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country.

The positions are offered for 3 years for pre-defined research projects in different institutions across Europe.

Deadline: 9 March 2019.

MSCA Innovative Training Network URBASIS – PhD Fellowships in Geosciences (Incoming)

URBASIS-EU specifically focuses on the multidisciplinary applications of the engineering seismology and earthquake engineering in fields as diverse as binduced seismicity, low-probability/high consequences earthquakes, site effects, seismic vulerability and risk analysis. This is an Innovative Training Network from the MSCA.

The URBASIS-EU network will recruit 15 Ph.D. positions starting in 2019.


  • Eligible candidates must be in the first 4 years of their research career, and have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree.
  • Eligible candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of his host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).
  • Eligible candidates can be of any nationality.
  • Master Degree or equivalent in Geosciences is necessary.

The positions are offered for 3 years for pre-defined research projects in different institutions across Europe.

Deadline: 27 February 2019.


There are currently around 16816 research job positions (all over Europe, but also in other countries and in all disciplines) announced on the EURAXESS Jobs database. Opportunities can be viewed by country, level of seniority, field or research or via free text searches.

Please note that these jobs also include doctoral positions, including those funded by the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA – ITN & Cofund) and by the European Research Council (ERC). Using the “European Research Program” filter, these opportunities can be easily found.

EU Member States and Associated Countries


National EURAXESS Portals

The latest information on open calls for national grants and fellowships in the 40 member countries of the EURAXESS network can be accessed on the respective national EURAXESS portals:

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, North Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, MaltaMoldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK.


AUSTRIA – ISTplus Postdoctoral Programme for expectional researchers (Incoming)

The Institute of Science and Technology’s ISTplus programme provides fellows with an international and interdisciplinary research environment. ISTplus is open to qualified applicants from all over the world who are interested in spending the postdoctoral stage of their scientific research career at IST Austria. The program is intended for postdocs interested in the areas that are represented by the faculty at IST Austria.

WHO? Applicants must fulfill the Marie Curie mobility requirements in order to be selected:

  • Applicants must either be relocating to Austria or, if they currently live in Austria or have previously lived in Austria, candidates are only eligible if they have been in Austria for a total of less than 12 months during the 3 years previous to the deadline of the respective Call.
  • Before issuing of a contract of employment by IST Austria, successful applicants may be required to provide official evidence of their eligibility (e.g. work contracts, utility bills, visa stamps, etc.).
  • You must have formally completed all requirements of your PhD and provide a copy of your diploma prior to the start of your employment (which cannot be later than 5 months after the fellowship offer is issued).
  • Your proposed research must match with the research carried out on campus. See here the list of applicable research groups.

Funding is usually provided for two years although contracts may be extended beyond the duration of the fellowship if justified by the intersectoral secondment program of the ISTplus fellow and in mutual agreement between the host professor and ISTplus fellow.

Deadline: 15 March 2019.

BELGIUM (Wallonie-Bruxelles) – Incoming and outgoing doctoral and postdoctoral scholarship for Excellence

IN.WBI & WBI.World

Two schemes are receiving candidacies under the programme:

  • The first one is open to foreigners from any nationality, including Japanese, wishing to enrol in a post-doctorate programme in a University of Wallonia-Brussels in the following fields:
    • Transport and logistics;
    • Mechanical engineering;
    • Life sciences;
    • Agriculture-industry;
    • Aero-space;
    • Environmental technologies.

Other fields may be considered, including human sciences, and fundamental or applied research.

  • Fellowships are also available for Belgian or resident students in the same fields as mentioned above to follow a doctorate or postdoctorate programme in a university abroad.

Both incoming and outgoing fellowships can be awarded for long term (1 year, renewable) or short term research (1 to 3 months)

Deadline: 1 March 2019 (for long-term stays). Cut-off date for short-term stays: 1 May 2019 (for stays between October and January).


Danish Government Scholarships for Brazilians 2019/2010 (short term, incoming)

Scholarships are available for master's and Ph.D. students. Ph.D. students are required to conduct full-time research at a Danish university or a similar institution of higher education in Denmark. Master’s students are required to take on a course load of 30 ECTS per semester.

Bachelor's degree students wishing to study Danish language and literature can also apply if they have studied the Danish language for two years. Bachelor's degree students are also required a course load of 30 ECTS per semester.

Scholarships include free tuition and a monthly stipend of DKK 6,500. Danish is the normal language of instruction at institutions of higher education in Denmark, but more and more institutions offer courses in English or in another foreign language or have special arrangements for non-Danish students.

A co-related call is also open: Danish Summer Language Scholarships. They last 3 weeks and are offered during the months of July and August each year. Foreign students receive Danish language instruction at all levels, while being showcased Denmark and Danish culture. Courses feature a minimum of 3 hours of language instruction a day accompanied by excursions and cultural activities.

Deadlines: 1 March 2019.


The AXA Chair scheme is a premium funding scheme which is intended to support a significant step change in the development of a Research area within a host Institution and to contribute in a distinctive way to the development of that Research area in line with the Institution’s long-term strategy. It aims at creating a full-time academic position in the host Institution and fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor.

The AXA Research Fund requires a specific Candidate to be presented, and that the Candidate commits to take up the position, if awarded.

Research Programme: The research program should demonstrate its scientific originality and innovative nature.

Eligible countries: Institutions located within countries where the AXA Group has insurance operations (Japan included) are eligible for funding. Host institutions must be registered in the AXA Research Fund’s database. The AXA Research Fund partners with academic institutions only. Hospitals, foundations, NGOs, governmental bodies and independent research centers are not eligible to AXA funding.

Duration:  for an initial period of 5 years with potential renewal up to 5 years upon review and advanced research plans.

Funding:200.000€ per year for 5 years, maximum. It is the responsibility of the institution to submit a carefully calibrated budget, justified in a detailed and coherent manner.

Prospective chairholder: Expected to be at least PhD + 10 years minimum, to be of the highest caliber and should have demonstrated outstanding research achievements.

Deadline for Expression of interest: 22 April 2019 & deadline for application submission: 21 June 2019.


Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales - CNES) - PhD and post-doctoral grants (Incoming)

Those grants are awarded in sciencefields for engineers (orbital systems, space transport systems) and sciences using space assets (Universe science, Earth science, Microgravity science) to young French and foreign students interested in space activities.


  • PhD contracts to prepare a PhD in a research laboratory in France:
    • university applicants and college or engineering school graduates holding a master delivered by a university or a diploma which allows them to start a PhD according to the Doctoral School.
    • PhD contracts are necessarily co-financed (half-and-half) by a partner (public organisation, industrialist, region, etc.) thanks to a Uniform Agreement of co-financing.
    • the placing of co-sponsored contracts is dependent on the prior signing of a co-financing agreement with the partner and host laboratory.
    • The duration of those contracts is limited to one year, renewable twice.
  • Post-doctoral contracts granted for a research job in a laboratory in France:
  • applicants have to hold a doctorate or an equivalent before starting the contract.
  • Post-PhD contracts are entirely financed by CNES (however they may be co-financed) : the duration of those contracts is limited to one year, renewable once; monthly gross salary for a post-doctoral grant: € 2360; contracts starts in December at the latest.

Deadline: 1 April 2019 (Every year, the call for applications is open from January to 1 April).

FRANCE - MathInParis PhD Fellowships for a doctoral training programme in Mathematics

The international Doctoral Training in Mathematical Sciences in Paris offers 40 PhD fellowships to enhance the potential and future career perspective of young researchers by offering :

  1. an extremely attractive place in FSMP network for international brilliant students planning to prepare a PhD in mathematics
  2. a strengthened advising
  3. a broadened support for career development

Eligibility: All candidates must have a Master degree (or equivalent) at the time of their enrollment and should speak French or English. There is no nationality or age criteria. Funding: They will get a 2710 € as monthly gross salary (including employer cost).

Duration: 36 months.

Deadline:1 April 2019



Université Paris-Saclay International Master Scholarship Programme 2018-2019 (Incoming)

Université Paris-Saclay aims to promote access to its Master’s programmes for international students, delivered by its member institutions, and to make it easier for highly-qualified international students to join the University, especially for those wishing to develop an academic project through research up to the doctoral level. Japanese included.

The scholarships are aimed at students enrolled in Université Paris-Saclay Master’s programmes and are awarded based on academic achievements.

Scholarships are awarded for 1 or 2 years to newly enrolled Master’s students at Université Paris-Saclay (M1 or M2 level).


  • All academic fields are concerned
  • All Master’s programmes for which Université Paris-Saclay is accredited, except for vocational training.


  • Newly arrived international students, aged 30 and under during the course of the selection year.
  • International students living in France for less than a year, enrolled in a student programme that does not lead to a qualification.
  • International students living in France for less than a year, taking language classes (FFL type for example).

Deadline: 13 May 2019. See details here

FRANCE - GERMANY - Doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck-Sciences Po Center (Incoming)

The Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies invites applications for a doctoral fellowship to be undertaken in Paris, France, under the supervision of Prof. Jenny Andersson or Prof. Olivier Godechot

WHO ? international students with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) who have received training in the following disciplines: history, sociology, or political science, with additional training in related fields. They should have experience with qualitative and quantitative methods. No nationality requirement. A firm command of English and working knowledge of French are required.

Deadline: 15 March 2019

GERMANY - Research grant Fraunhofer Attract (Incoming)

The “Fraunhofer Attract” grant is the excellence stipend programme of Fraunhofer, inviting outstanding researchers to develop their ideas towards innovations at Fraunhofer.

The grant offers outstanding external scientists the opportunity to develop their ideas towards an actual application within an optimally equipped Fraunhofer institute operating close to the market. The scientist will be offered a budget of €2,5 Million over 5 years to lead a group of 3-5 co-workers.

Deadlines: 9 April 2019


Research Explorer Ruhr (PhD or postdoc short-term mobility/Incoming)

Research Explorer Ruhr (RER) is a two-week summer programme for international doctoral researchers, who have submitted their doctoral thesis, and early postdoctoral researchers interested in exploring the research landscape of the University Alliance Ruhr.

The program is conducted entirely in English and the invitation includes travel expenses and accommodation. This year's Research Explorer Ruhr will take place from 16 to 29 June 2019.

RER professors offer to host one guest at their institute from 16 to 29 June 2019. During this time, you can work out cooperation opportunities, research compatibility and possibilities to come back as a postdoctoral researcher with your own funding.

Here you will find the profiles of the participating professors. You can conveniently apply directly at the end of each profile:

Deadline: 1 March 2019.



Short-term programmes for visiting professors at Technical University of Munich – TUM (all)

TUM International Center offers two options for short-term stays of distinguished international professors in order to further internationalize TUM's curricula and intensify international research collaborations: a funding scheme of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and the Artsand the August-Wilhelm Scheer Program. (Check the conditions of each opportunity).

Nominations of visiting professors may be submitted on an ongoing basis, but at least 4 weeks before the intended stay at TUM



Japan Bi-lateral cooperation activities

The DFG (German Research Foundation) maintains relationships with partner organisations in many countries around the world, including Japan.

This cooperation between these partner institutions facilitates the initiation and execution of joint and co-funded research projects in all scientific fields.

The formal agreements that have been established are often a necessary condition for scientific cooperation and several bilateral agreements regulate the exchange of scientific information and publications, the exchange of scientists (also for the purpose of preparing joint projects), the holding of congresses and the joint promotion of cooperation projects.

Scientists from abroad who are interested in cooperation possibilities within the framework of these agreements should first contact the relevant organisation in Japan (search for’Japan’) to obtain more detailed information on the specific nature of the joint activities included in their country. As long as the necessary complementary financing is made available by the national organisation, the promotion of the project can be executed.

The DFG Office Japan offers comprehensive information about the DFG and its programmes in Japanese

GERMANY & SWITZERLAND - FP-RESOMUS Post-doc fellowships in research of ultrafast processes and solvation (Incoming)

FP-RESOMUS will fund up to 50 fellowships for postdoctoral students employed in the Swiss research network NCCR MUST and the German Cluster of Excellence RESOLV. The fellowships provide a fixed sum of Euro 2625 per month as a contribution towards the salary of the postdoctoral student for a maximum of 2 years. It is funded through the COFUND scheme, which aims to stimulate regional, national or international programmes to foster excellence in researchers' training, mobility and career development, spreading the best practices of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions.

RESOLV and the NCCR MUST operate at the frontiers of what is technically feasible. The scientific focus of the two clusters is largely complementary, and founded on fundamental and applied research of ultrafast processes and solvation. FP-RESOMUS will integrate the clusters’ research goals within four focus areas:

  • Dynamics in Solution
  • Charge and Energy Transfer
  • Structural and Long-Range-Order Dynamics
  • Advancing Photonics Technology

WHO? You may be eligible for an FP-RESOMUS fellowship if you:

  • have received a Ph.D. degree no more than four years prior to the date of recruitment (see exceptions)
  • have at least one peer-reviewed original publication
  • abide by the mobility rules of MSCA (see our Guidelines for details and definitions)

Deadline: 28 February 2019.



Onassis Foundation Fellowships for incoming foreigners

This Fellowship Program is aimed at academics of all ranks - members of national Academies, Ph.D. holders and post-doctoral researchers - to conduct research in Greece in subjects relating to Greek culture and society. The research fields for this call are:

  • Computational Archaeology, Data Driven Archaeology
  • Computational Linguistics, Neurolinguistics, Natural Language Processing
  • Philosophy & Ethics -Applied Philosophy) (e.g. Ethics on ΑΙ, Data Science, Biotechnology)
  • Special Education
  • Modern Greek Literature & Translation related to Cavafy’s Oeuvre

Three fellowships will be awarded to University Professors for a period of up to 3 months and another three to Post-doctoral Researchers for a 3 to 6 month period.

Deadline: 28 February 2019

IRELAND (University College Cork) - APEX Fellowships for Experienced Researchers in Microbiology (Incoming)

APEX is a new intersectoral training, career development and mobility fellowship which focuses on the research strengths and expertise of the Institute in the area of gut microbiota and their role in human health and disease.

The APEX programme will offer 20 prestigious two-year postdoctoral fellowships for incoming mobility across two calls over the 60 months duration of the programme.

WHO? Fellowships will be targeted at experienced researchers. (An experienced researcher must at the application deadline be in possession of a doctoral degree OR have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience in academia or industry).

Fellowships will be offered in the four thematic APC research areas of:

  • ‘Microbes to Molecules’,
  • ‘Diet and Microbes at the Extremes of Life’,
  • ‘Brain-Gut-Microbiota Axis’ and
  • ‘Host-Microbe Dialogue’.

Deadline: 9 April 2019.

IRELAND - ELITE-S Fellowship Programme (ICT/postdoc/Incoming)

ELITE-S is Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action for new intersectoral training, career development and mobility fellowship programme based at the ADAPT Centre (DCU), in Dublin, Ireland. The Programme will offer 16 prestigious two-year fellowships for incoming mobility across two calls over the 60 months duration of the programme. Fellowships will be targeted to experienced researchers (ER) and will be offered in the four core research areas Regulations and Compliance, Content Analytics and Content Preservation, Data and Process Management, Interoperability.

The ELITE-S programme will offer excellent quality in the selection of researchers, and high quality training, supervision and training in transferable skills. ELITE-S applicants will have the freedom to choose their own research topic, their supervisor and their secondment host.


  • Have a Doctoral degree or 4-year Full-time research experience;
  • Be of any nationality and gender;
  • Be a researcher with career breaks or;
  • Be a researcher with non-traditional career path (research experience and no doctoral degree) or;
  • Be a researcher at Risk (Researcher displaced by conflict);
  • NOT have resided or carried out their main activity in the Republic of Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to call deadline

Deadline: 31 May 2019.

ITALY (University of Padova) -

STARS Grants (Incoming)

Through the call for proposals STARS Grants 2019 the University of Padova financially supports individual research projects without any predetermined priority for the duration of two years. Candidates may apply in one of the 25 scientific research areas corresponding to the three ERC research domains: PE - Physical Sciences and Engineering, LS – Life Sciences, SH – Social Sciences and Humanities.

The main goal is to increase the participation of the University in international competitive calls, specifically the ERC ones: STARS GRANTS 2019 grantees are committed to submitting an ERC application.

Who? Principal Investigators (PIs) of any age and nationality who wish to carry out an innovative, ambitious and feasible research project at a hosting department at the University of Padova.

The call for proposals includes the following types of grant:

  • STARS Starting Grants (STARS-StG): designed to fund excellent PIs who are about to establish their own research team and/or to start their own independent research;
  • STARS Consolidator Grants (STARS-CoG): designed to fund excellent PIs, who are already conducting research at Unipd and are consolidating their own research team and/or their own independent research;
  • STARS Wild Card Grants (STARS-WiC): designed to fund PIs who submitted a project to the 2017 and 2018 ERC calls for proposals, indicated Unipd as their Host Institution and obtained a final score of "A", thus qualifying for funding, but were not funded due to budget limits.

Deadline: 2 April 2019.

ITALY – Padova International Excellence Scholarship Programme (Incoming)

The University of Padova offers scholarships to highly talented prospective students wishing to pursue a Bachelor's or Master's degree completely held in English in Padova. The successful scholars will be expected to fulfil an ambassadorial role and represent the University at a number of events.

Amount of scholarship: fee-waiver + €12000 scholarship (gross amount).

Who can apply: highly talented prospective international students from all over the world wishing to enrol in one of University of Padova Bachelor's or Master's degrees completely held in English.

Other scholarships are offered by specific departments, check them here.

Deadline: applications are open until 28 February 2019 for most courses. Check the specific Calls for applications for details.

ITALY (Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies) - Calls for the Admission to 2019/20 PhD Programmes

The Ph.D. Programmes at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna are designed for talented graduates from around the world, who wish to carry out study and research in an international campus based in Pisa.

For the academic year 2019/2020, there are 60 positions for Ph.D. students covered with a corresponding number of scholarships, funded by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), and by external public and private bodies:

If you are not an Italian resident and wish to take part in the competitive selection, you must already have, or achieve by 31 October 2019, a MSc degree that has been declared as being equivalent by the Italian authorities or recognised as being equivalent in terms of duration and content to the Italian degree. 

The Ph.D. courses will begin on 1 October 2019.

Deadlines: varying depending on the topics.(see the “attachments” link on the right-hand column of the website).


NIAS Individual Fellowship – non-Dutch (Incoming, short term, humanities and social sciences)

Individual fellowships for scholars with a non-Dutch affiliation, who wish to work on an individual project for 5 or 10 months. NIAS individual Fellowships are awarded to scholars to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences. Fellows must have already made a considerable contribution to their field.

Eligibility: At least 3 years of post-Ph.D. degree academic experience. Open to researchers of any nationality.

Applicants must have an affiliation with a university or research institute during the period of the fellowship. The NIAS Fellowship does not constitute an employment relationship: the fellow is and remains an employee of his or her own university or research institute.

Deadline: 15 April 2019.


NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vici (Incoming)

Vici is a funding instrument from the Talent Scheme giving senior researchers the opportunity to build up their own research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship. The research group must become structurally embedded in the research institution.

Science areas: Exact and Natural Sciences; Social Sciences and Humanities; Applied and Engineering Sciences; Science for Global Development; Health Research and Development

Eligibility: Vici is targeted at outstanding senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to act as coaches for young researchers. Researchers who have obtained their PhD within the last 15 years can apply for a Vici grant.

Funding: The maximum grant is €1.5 million.

Deadline: 26 March 2019.


World Citizen Talent Scholarship for International Students (Incoming, Masters)

Three scholarships each worth EUR 5 000 are available to prospective master’s degree students. The Hague University of Applied Sciences is seeking young, intelligent, talented and ambitious people who view themselves as citizens of the world.

Field(s) of study: Eligible Masters Programme offered at the University

Target group: Students from outside The Netherlands and who don’t live in the Netherlands.


  • Come from outside The Netherlands and don’t live in the Netherlands.
  • Enrolling for the first time at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
  • Have never applied for this scholarship before.
  • Have been conditionally accepted as a student (also-called offer of student position) on or before 1 May for the upcoming academic year.

Deadline: 31 March 2019.

POLAND (NAVA) - The Ulam programme for incoming researchers

The Programme will help foreign researchers to develop their career by intensifying international mobility as well as will give them an opportunity to establish scientific cooperation with excellent host institutions in Poland. It allows both recognised and promising scientists with at least the doctoral degree, to visit Poland in order to participate in their scientific activities, primarily research projects and didactics.

WHO? The applicant is an individual scientist who:

  • holds at least a doctoral degree awarded in a country other than Poland,
  • does not hold Polish citizenship, except for persons who are Polish citizens and whose full cycle of doctoral studies has been financed by the Polish government,
  • is employed at a foreign HEI/research centre or has just defended his/her PhD dissertation or has just completed his/her previous postdoctoral fellowship.

What activities are covered by the Programme?

  • completing the first or subsequent postdoctoral fellowship(s),
  • conducting scientific research, including in cooperation with Polish scientists or research teams,
  • obtaining materials for research or a scientific publication,
  • teaching at a host institution.

The Programme provides financing for a scholarship that covers the Beneficiary’s living costs in an amount of approx. €2,400 a month, along with a mobility allowance. The scholarship amount may be increased if a scientist is accompanied by his or her spouse or minor children and in the case of a scientist with officially determined disability – by a personal assistant. Foreign scientists may stay in Poland for 6 to 24 months.

Deadline: 23 April 2019.

PORTUGAL – PhD and PostDoc calls in the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Incoming)

The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência has open calls for two programs in the field of Biology. The Doctorate degree in Integrative Biology and Biomedicine is open to students with masters degrees from all areas, even those outside the Life Sciences. The postdoctoral degree in Biology by Numbers is aimed at researchers in Exact Sciences and Engineering.

Eight to ten (8-10) students will be selected to enrol in the IBB programme, organized by the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC) in collaboration with ITQB/UNL, Champalimaud Foundation and ISPA and with the support of the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Selected students receive full tuition and stipend support for up to 48 months.Classes start in September 2019.

A multidisciplinary programme for PhD holders from Exact Sciences & Engineering with little knowledge on/great curiosity for fundamental biological questions. A 1-year postdoc fellowship is offered.

Deadline for both calls is 15 February 2019.

ROMANIA - Scholarships offered by the Romanian State to foreign citizens (under- and post-graduate/Incoming)

85 scholarships for under- and post-graduate studies in Romania.

WHO? Foreign citizens coming from all the states of the world, except for EU member states. The applicant for the scholarship is not, until 31 December of the year in which he / she was nominated, more than 35 years of age - for bachelor and master studies and 45 years respectively - for doctoral studies or for postgraduate studies.

The scholarships are awarded for 3 study cycles:

a) for the first cycle (undergraduate): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of high schools or of equivalent pre-university studies, as well as to candidates who require the continuation of their studies in Romania. The complete cycle of university studies lasts for 3 to 6 years, according to the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and ends with a final examination (licență).

b) for the 2nd cycle (master): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of university/post-graduate studies; it lasts for 1,5 to 2 years and ends with the defence of a dissertation.

c) for the 3rd cycle (doctorate) this scheme is dedicated to the graduates of university/postgraduate studies (i.e. master); it lasts for 3-4 years, in keeping with the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and ends with a doctor’s thesis. Admission to a PhD course is conditioned by an entrance examination.

Language of study: In order to promote the Romanian language and culture among foreign citizens, the beneficiaries of scholarships granted by the Romanian state should study only in the Romanian language. The candidates who do not know Romanian are offered one supplementary preparatory year to study the language.

Deadline: 15 March 2019.

SLOVAKIA – National Incoming and Outgoing Scholarships

The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic (NSP) supports study/research/teaching/artistic mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists at higher education institutions and research organisations in Slovakia.

The scholarship shall cover scholarship holders’ living costs (accommodation, board, etc.) during their stay in Slovakia with an allowance between 350 and 1000€ /month. Duration of stay: 1-2 semester (students), 1-10 months (researchers, teachers, artists)

NSP also supports also mobility of students and PhD students studying at Slovak higher education institutions (or in case of PhD students, students studying at external education institutions, e.g. the Slovak Academy of Sciences) with a permanent residence in Slovakia at higher education institutions and research organisations abroad.

The next application deadline is 30 April 2019.



Grants for postdoctoral research in Catalonia, Beatriu de Pinós Programme (Incoming)

The purpose of the Beatriu de Pinós programme is to award individual grants for the employment and incorporation of postdoctoral research staff into the Catalan science and technology system.

This grant provides financial support to individual mobility proposals presented by postodoctoral researchers in liaison with a host organisation established in Catalonia. Postodoctoral researchers applying to this action need to develop a research and training project for the total duration of the grant that will enable them to progress in the development of their career.

WHO? Grants are directed to researchers of any nationality who must:

  • Be in possession of a PhD degree obtained between 1st January 2011 and 31st December 2016.
  • Have, at the time of joining the host organisation, a minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience outside Spain.
  • Research topics: science, life sciences, environmental sciences, medical and health sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.

WHAT? A living allowance of €44,100 per year, which covers the fellow’s gross salary costs composed by net salary and adequate and equitable social security provisions income tax and the employer’s charges. Plus, a research and training allowance of €4,000 per year. The BP grants have duration of 3 years. The guide for applicants is very helpful to understand this call.

Deadline: 4 March 2019.



Ikerbasque Research Fellows 2019

Ikerbasque - the Basque Foundation for Science, has launched a new call offering 20 positions for postdoctoral researchers. These positions are financed by the Basque Government, the European Commission and the host institution where the researcher will develop his/her research: therefore the acceptance letter of the host institution is mandatory.

These five year Fellowships are directed to promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a Principal Investigator (PI) role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role.

The applicants must have their PhD completed between 1/1/2008 and 31/12/2016.

Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity.

Deadline: 15 March 2019.


ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowships (Incoming)

The "ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellowship Program" supports incoming fellowships for postdoctoral researchers at the ETH Zurich. The program is intended to foster high-potential, young researchers who have already demonstrated excellence in terms of internationally competitive achievements in the early stages of their professional careers.

The ETH Fellowships are available for researchers in all disciplines that are covered by the research of the ETH host professors.

WHO? Applicants must have defended their doctoral degree within two years of the submission deadline from an institution other than the ETH Zurich or the University of Zurich. They may submit their application up to six months ahead of their graduation with a certification of the planned date of the defense signed by the advisor or department chair. At the time of the relevant submission deadline, researchers must also not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) at either of the two institutions for more than six months prior to the reference date. Applicants need to have at least one scientific publication in a peer-reviewed journal or have been awarded a prize for their doctoral thesis. Applications not complying with these rules will be rejected on formal grounds.

Deadlines: 1 March and 1 September 2019.

SWITZERLAND - Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, International PhD Programme (Incoming)

The FMI PhD programs offers students the opportunity to carry out cutting-edge biomedical research in a stimulating, highly international and collaborative atmosphere. Affiliated with the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research and the University of Basel, the FMI provides interdisciplinary training and access to advanced technologies in the form of state-of-the-art technology platforms, e.g. advanced microscopy, genomics, proteomics, protein structure and bioinformatics.

PhD students work together with internationally recognized scientists in the fields of epigenetics, neurobiology, and quantitative biology, developing their research projects with their group leader. In addition to guidance from their advisor, students are also advised by their thesis committee members, as well as the FMI Dean of Students and the Guidance Counsellor who serve to support their academic and professional development.

Funding: The FMI provides financial support to graduate students in accordance with the scale of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Salary is generous relative to international standards for PhD students.

Duration: A course of study at the FMI leading to a PhD degree of the University of Basel  typically lasts 4 years

Eligibility: Applicants must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrollment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent program in their home country (MSc., Diploma, DEA etc.).

Deadline: 1 May 2019.


Türkiye Scholarships for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees (Incoming)

Türkiye Scholarships is a government-funded, competitive scholarship program, awarded to outstanding students to pursue full-time or short-term program at the top universities in Turkey. It provides a compulsory one-year Turkish Language Course which ensures that all students acclimatize and adapt to the social and cultural environment they live in. Candidates may pursue Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees in Turkey.

Türkiye Scholarships also provides assistance in all the necessary services and procedures for an international student to feel at home in Turkey. These include, providing a dormitory, health insurance, student bank account, and a student residence permit, as well as a one-year language course.

Age Criteria:

  • To be under the age of 21 for Undergraduate programs
  • To be under the age of 30 for Master’s programs
  • To be under the age of 35 for Doctorate programs

Length of award:

  • Master’s: 1 year Turkish Language course + 2 years
  • PhD: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4 years

Deadline: 20 February 2019.

UK -

Newton International Fellowships (incoming, non UK scientists)

The Newton International Fellowships are available through the Newton Fund which is part of the UK’s official development assistance.

WHAT? Incoming fellowships to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years.

The scheme covers a broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities

WHO? Open to early career post-doctoral researchers from all over the world (with a PhD and no more than seven years’ active full time postdoctoral experience). Applicants need to have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist

Deadline: 27 March 2019.

UK -

The Royal Society International Exchanges (Incoming and outgoing)

The International Exchanges Scheme is for scientists based in the UK (or US for the Kan Tong Po programme) who want to stimulate collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel.

Subjects covered: All activities must be on a subject within the natural sciences, including: physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, agricultural, biological and medical research, geography and experimental psychology. The Royal Society does not cover social science, clinical or patient-oriented research.

The Standard Programme is available for travel to/from all countries outside the UK. The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. Applicants may request:

  • up to of £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to three months;
  • up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within one year (including a maximum of £1,500 for research expenses);
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within two years and cost share projects fixed at two years (including a maximum of £3,000 for research expenses).

Eligibility: Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. 

Duration: Awards are available for either up to 3 months, 1 year or 2 years.

The International Exchanges scheme accepts applications for collaborations with all countries outside of the UK.

Special collaborative cost-share programmes are currently in place with Ireland (RIA), Russia (RFBR), Argentina (CONICET), France (CNRS), China (NSFC), Taiwan (MOST) and Japan (JSPS).

Deadline: 13 March, 30 May & 2 October 2019


UK - (University of Nottingham) -

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence

WHAT? Full tuition fees scholarships in Arts, Medicine and Health Sciences, Science and Social Sciences

WHO? Overseas students/researchers holding an offer to start a full-time research degree programme, PhD or MPhil, at Nottingham campus with a start date that falls between 1 October 2019 and 1 February 2020 (inclusive), in any subject area excluding Engineering.

Engineering research students should apply for the Faculty of Engineering Research Excellence PhD Scholarship.

DURATION: 3 years of a research programme, subject to satisfactory progress.

Deadline: 8 March 2019

UK- Global Professorships (mid-career to senior researchers/Incoming)

This programme provides mid-career to senior scholars - active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities and based in any country overseas - with the opportunity to relocate for a period of four years to the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education.

Eligilibility: Applicants must:

  • Be a world-class internationally-recognised mid-career to senior researchers who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, on a permanent contract (which may be part-time or full-time) or, if temporary, would normally be on a contract that will not end during the course of the grant unless expressly agreed with the Academy prior to the application being submitted that such an application would be considered eligible, in any field of the humanities or the social sciences.
  • Hold a doctoral degree (or have equivalent research experience).

The British Academy will provide funding of up to £187,500 per annum, and up to £750,000 over four years.

Deadline: 6 March 2019

UK – Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

WHAT? the fellowship offers fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position for a maximum of £25,000 per year during three years, the remaining part being paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.

WHO? candidates with a PhD or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the Fellowship.

Applications will be considered in all subject areas with the following exceptions: Studies of disease, illness and disabilities in humans and animals & Research that is intended to inform clinical practice or the development of medical applications. Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university.

Deadline: 28 February 2019.

UK – University of St Andrews Global Fellowship Scheme (Incoming/short-term)

The Global Fellowship Scheme provides prestigious awards to enable talented scholars from around the globe to spend anywhere between one week to a month at St Andrews. During this time, you will be able to undertake a course of research and study, explore potential collaborations, enhance existing relationships, advance research work, and find the space to think in an inspirational environment.

The scheme seeks to:

  • enable academics across the globe to undertake a programme of research and study within the unique scholarly community at the University of St Andrews
  • provide an opportunity for Fellows to contribute to and participate in the vibrant academic life of the School where they are hosted and the wider University
  • create opportunities to develop and foster long-term collaborative partnerships with colleagues at St Andrews
  • enable academics from around the world to engage with St Andrews’ research themes outlined in the University Strategy
  • develop lasting links between St Andrews and scholars anywhere in the world.

WHO? Global Fellowships are open to researchers based outside the UK who can demonstrate a strong commitment to quality research and collaboration.

Eligible candidates include researchers active within the humanities, medicine, social sciences or sciences. Candidates may be talented early career academics or established researchers with a considerable track record of achievement. It is expected that applicants will have achieved a PhD. These awards may be combined with other schemes to allow for an extended visit. Suitable candidates are researchers who have, or are developing, a distinguished publication record in any discipline.

Deadline: April 2019.

INTERNATIONAL - HFSP Frontier Research Grants

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms.

Research Grants are awarded for novel, ground-breaking collaborations involving extensive collaboration among teams of scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines. Two types of grants are available: Young Investigators Grants and Program Grants.

WHO? The Principal Applicant representing the international team must be located in one of the member countries (Including Japan),but Co-Applicants can be located in any country.. Young scientists from anywhere in the world may apply for a fellowship to work in a laboratory in one of the supporting countries. A scientist from one of the member countries can apply to work anywhere in the world.

Application deadline: 18 March 2019.

INTERNATIONAL - World Bank Scholarships Programme for Masters and PhDs (incoming to various EU universities)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) provides scholarships for no more than a two-year duration to a limited number of Japanese mid-career professionals who are dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and enhanced shared prosperity in developing countries, and who have been admitted to or are currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD graduate degree program outside of Japan and in development-related fields.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) WBGSP (Masters)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) is open to Japanese individuals with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a master degree program in a development-related topic.

Research fields:

Subject to available funding, JJWBGSP offers scholarships for over 200 Preferred Programs spanning a wide array of development topics at universities worldwide (a large number of which in Europe) in key areas of development, including economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management.

After earning their degree, developing country scholars commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries’ social and economic development.


A JJWBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. View a detailed list of benefits.;

More details on eligibility here

Deadline: The 2019 call for scholarship applications is scheduled to open on 7 March 2019.



 Calls still open

European Union

ERC Consolidator Grants to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team (7-12 years after PhD completion). Up to €2.75 millions are available for projects of up to 5 years duration. Deadline: 7 February 2019.

ERC Proof of Concept Grant 2019: Additional ERC funding scheme for researchers who already got an ERC grant, which is either ongoing or where the project has ended less than 12 months before the publication date of an ERC Proof of Concept call. The grants are worth up to €150,000 for a duration of up to 18 months. More information here. Next deadlines: 25 April 2019, 19 September 2019

EuroTech Postdoc Programme – Call for Applications: The EuroTech Universities Alliance offers fellowships for a 24-month period to collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects across the Alliance. Five focus research areas of the EuroTech Universities Alliance: Health & Bioengineering; Smart & Urban Mobility; Data Science & Engineering; High Performance Computing; Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Deadline: 28 February 2019

Erasmus+ Joint Master Degrees (JMD) are offered by an internationalconsortium of higher education institutions. Students from anywhere in the world at master's level can apply for these degrees and one of the approx. 15 student and 4 guest lecturers scholarships. Deadlines: various (depending on each consortium’s rules for application. Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year.)

EU Member States and Associated Countries

AUSTRIA – Marietta Blau PhD Grant (Outgoing): Financial support for doctoral or PhD students of Austrian universities to carry out the abroad part (6-12 months) of their doctoral programme: the grant enables scientific research worldwide. Monthly grants of 1,500 Euros are given under this programme. The next application deadlines are 1 February & 1 September 2019.

AUSTRIA - ÖAW offers 38 000 Euros PhD Fellowship for all nationalities and in all areas of research (including outgoing mobility). Open to doctoral candidates of all ages writing their thesis at an Austrian university. No deadline for submission.

AUSTRIA - Institute of Science and Technology call for professors for internationally accomplished scientists in all areas. Deadlines: On-going for Professor applications. 

AUSTRIA - Lise Meitner Programme for Scientists from Abroad. WHO: Highly qualified scientists of any discipline with an invitation from an Austrian research institution. Applications accepted continuously, no application deadlines.

AUSTRIA - Erwin Schrödinger Outgoing Fellowship (Outgoing) including a return phase. Post-doctoral fellowships at leading foreign research institutions for young and especially highly qualified post-doc scientists of any discipline. Applications accepted continuously, no application deadlines.

BELGIUM (Wallonie-Bruxelles) - Ulysse incoming Mobility (Incoming) For a highly qualified researcher to lead a research team at Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation (WBF) university. Employment contract for 3 years. Deadline: rolling basis.

BELGIUM (Wallonie-Bruxelles) - F.R.S.-FNRS Post-doctoral temporary incoming fellowship* (up to 3 years) for a non-Belgian PhD holder (with maximum 6 years of experience). Deadline: rolling basis

BELGIUM - FWO outgoing mo   bility opportunities. Grants supporting  international contacts between research groups.

  • Travel Grants for Long Stays Abroad (31 days to 12 months) for researchers affiliated with a university in the Flemish community or belong to the scientific staff (of the Dutch-speaking community) of a federal or Flemish scientific institute.

Deadline for all grants: no later than 3 months prior to the departure date.

DENMARK - H.C. Ørsted postdoc programme (Incoming): The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites highly talentedexperienced researchers to apply for their fellowship. Programme areas: Mathematics, physics, space research and informatics; Chemistry, chemical engineering and energy; Fotonics and communication; Construction, production, wind, buildings and transportation; Life science and biotechnology. Deadline 23 February 2019

ESTONIA - Mobilitas Pluss Support for study visits and training abroad  for 100 researchers to attend international training events of both ETAg and its partners abroad. Deadline: Continuous

ESTONIA – Dora Plus programme (incoming / outgoing).Outgoing: Support to short-term study mobility for Master’s students and doctoral students from higher education institutions in Estonia. Incoming: Foreign Master’s students and doctoral students for short-term teaching and research work in Estonia (1-10 months). Applications: On-going

FINLAND - EDUFI fellowships (incoming) open to PhD students who will be doing their Doctorate (or Double Doctorate) at a Finnish university. Visiting PhD  students and researchers who are doing their Doctorate degree at a foreign university can also be eligible. The scholarship period may vary from 3 to 12 months. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

FINLAND - CIMO Fellowships. WHO? Young doctoral level students and researchers from all countries and from all academic fields. No application deadline.

FRANCE – INRIA The "Internships" Programme (Incoming): Research training experience for students from all over the world; Undergraduate, masters or PhD students come and spend a few months in an Inria research team; 2-6 months with fixed remuneration around 500€ per month. Deadline: check on website

FRANCE – 15 Postdoctoral Fellowships on Biology and Information Technologies open to all nationalities at the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA). No specific application deadline: The positions are open until they are filled by appropriate candidates.

GERMANY -      PhD at Berlin Mathematical School (Incoming): Fast-track doctoral program in the rapidly developing scientific landscape of Berlin presenting an exciting variety of possibilities both for mathematical research and graduate education. Talented students completing their Bachelor's degree or above are invited to apply. Late application deadline (limited number of scholarships available): 1 April 2019.

GERMANY - DAAD: Short term Research Grants (incoming): young academics and scientists with an opportunity to carry out research or continue their education in Germany. Duration: One month to a maximum of six months. Deadline: 1 April 2019.

GERMANY - Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards of EUR 45 000 and up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany by the Humboldt Foundation. Rolling call for applications with two reviews panels per year. In spring and autumn.

GERMANY – Incoming Emmy Noether Programme*. WHO? Outstanding postdocs/junior researchers with 2 to 4 years postdoctoral experience. No application deadlines.

GERMANY – Gerda Henkel Foundation post-doctoral 1 to 24 months Research Scholarships in humanities to carry out an independent research project alone. Applications are welcome at any time.

GERMANY - DLR-DAAD Research Incoming Fellowships* in the fields of Space, Aeronautics, Energy and Transportation Research open to foreign doctoral and postdoctoral students as well as senior scientists. Deadlines depend on the current offers.

GERMANY - Humboldt INCOMING Fellowships* for researchers at different stages in their careers: - Humboldt Incoming Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers(6-24 months) for researchers from abroad who have completed their doctorate in the last four years; - Humboldt INCOMING Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers(6-18 months research projects) for Assistant Professors or Junior Research Group Leaders from abroad who completed their doctorate less than twelve years ago; Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers (6−24 months research project) for postdoctoral or experienced researchers from developing or transition countries who have completed their doctorate in the last 4 (post-doc)/12 years (experienced researchers). Deadline: any time during the year.

GERMANY- DAAD Reintegration of German scientists* with the goal of reintegrating into the German scientific community after having spent at least 1 year abroad. Deadline depends on current offers

IRELAND – SFI incoming Research Professorship* open to researchers in academia or industry. Applications on a rolling basis.

ISRAEL - Dan David Prize and Scholarships (Incoming): The Dan David Prize awards scholarships to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers doing research in the following selected fields: Macro History; Defending democracy; Combating climate change. Twenty scholarships of US$15,000 each to outstanding doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers of exceptional promise in the selected fields for the current year. Deadline: 10 March 2019

ITALY - Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori :Incoming,  short-term visits (3-6 months) of foreign researchers in experimental, translational and clinical research. Deadline: Applications are accepted at any time.

NETHERLANDS - Holland Scholarships for Bachelors and Masters candidates (Incoming): Meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor or master’s in the Netherlands. Deadlines: either 1 February 2019 or 1 May 2019, depending on the host institution.

NETHERLANDS (KNAW) - Evert Willem Beth Foundation: funding for research and symposiums. Subjects must be: modern logic, philosophy of science, history of logic, history of the philosophy of science and scientific philosophy in general. Students as well as researchers can apply. Continuous application.

NETHERLANDS – NWO ASPASIA Programme linked to Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Vidi and Vici. Aspasia is a grant linked to the Vidi and Vici competitive grant scheme. The highest performing female candidates in the NOW’s Vidi and Vici rounds will be approached by NWO after the round if they are not yet an associate professor (in case of Vidi) or full professor (in case of Vici). No deadline nor application form.

NETHERLANDS – NWO visitor’s travel grant* for foreign senior researchers to stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of 4 months. Continuous application.

NORWAY – The Research Council of Norway: Personal Visiting Researcher Grant for international researchers with qualifications at the professor level. Deadline: on-going.

POLAND (Foundation for Polish Science) - IDEAS FOR POLAND for Winners of the “ERC Starting Grants” competition who intend to pursue scientific research in Poland. Rolling basis.

PORTUGAL (Outgoing) - Grants for Sabbatical Leave: Grants by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) are designed for PhDs on sabbatical leave. All research fields and nationalities are eligible. 3 months – 1 year.

Deadline: The call is on-going

SPAIN - Extensive list of national, regional and private sector recruitment and funding opportunities for those looking for a research job or funding to carry out research in Spain.

SWITZERLAND (Swiss National Science Foundation - SNSF) – outgoing fellowships for Swiss nationals or permanent residents: International Short Visits, fund incoming / outgoing short term mobility and small joint research project. Continuous application

TURKEY - TÜBİTAK ‟2221” Fellowships for Visiting Scientists and Scientists on Sabbatical Leave who would like to give workshops/conferences/lectures, or conduct R&D activities in Turkey. Three types of visits are granted within this programme: Short-term (up to 1 month), Long-term (up to 12 months) and Sabbatical Leave (from 3 months to 12 months). All types of grants cover monthly stipend and travel costs. Deadline: rolling basis.

UK – Alan Turing Doctoral Studentship (Incoming): PhD at a world-class university with a unique opportunity to study in a collaborative research space. Open to all nationalities. Studentships include a generous tax-free stipend of £20,500 per annum, a travel allowance and tuition fees for a period of 3.5 years. Deadline varies according to the university.


Funding Mobility Europe