International Scholarships & Research Funding

  • Horizon Europe | European Commission


    The Next EU Research and Innovation Program (2021-2027)


    Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding program for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion.

    It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

    The program facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

    It creates jobs, fully engages the EU’s talent pool, boosts economic growth, promotes industrial competitiveness and optimizes investment impact within a strengthened European Research Area.

    Legal entities from the EU and associated countries can participate.

    New elements in Horizon Europe:

    European Innovation Council: Support for innovations with potential breakthrough and disruptive nature with scale-up potential that may be too risky for private investors. This is 70% of the budget earmarked for SMEs.

    Missions: Sets of measures to achieve bold, inspirational and measurable goals within a set timeframe. There are 5 main missions as part of Horizon Europe.

    Open science policy: Mandatory open access to publications and open science principles are applied throughout the program.

    New approach to partnerships: Objective-driven and more ambitious partnerships with industry in support of EU policy objectives

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  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie | European Commission


    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships



    Individual Fellowships (IF) are a great option if you are an experienced researcher looking to give your career a boost by working abroad. They offer exciting new learning opportunities and a chance to add some sparkle to your CV.

    There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

    • European Fellowships
      • are open to researchers moving within Europe, as well as those coming in from other parts of the world.
      • can restart a research career after a break, such as parental leave.
      • can help researchers coming back to Europe find a new position.
      • These Fellowships are held in the EU or associated countries and last for one to two years.
    • Global Fellowships
      • fund positions outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
      • last between two and three years.
      • the researcher has to come back for one year to an organization based in the EU or associated countries.
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  • FEBS | Europe


    FEBS Fellowships and FEBS Excellence Award

    About FEBS Fellowships:

    The FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) Fellowships programme began in 1979 and became a highly competitive and respected programme for early-stage researchers thanks to rigorous selection methods and the packages offered. Most of its schemes over the years have supported graduate students and early-career researchers in the molecular life sciences in the FEBS area to move to and carry out a period of research in a lab in a different FEBS country, thus broadening their experience and training, giving access to additional research techniques and expertise, and facilitating international collaboration.

    FEBS currently offers Short-Term FellowshipsCollaborative Developmental Scholarships and Summer Fellowships. Short-Term Fellowships are for scientists who have obtained their PhD degree within the past six years, and PhD students who have at least one published paper as a main author in an international scientific journal. Collaborative Developmental Scholarships are for PhD students in certain disadvantaged FEBS countries. Summer Fellowships are for PhD students and Master’s students. All are for researchers studying or working in a FEBS country and wishing to move to a different country in the FEBS area for the duration of the Fellowship. In addition, candidates for Short-Term Fellowships and Collaborative Developmental Scholarships need to be a member of one of the FEBS Constituent Societies.

    For general information about FEBS Fellowships please refer to the General Guidelines for Fellowships. For details on each Fellowship type, follow the links on the right of this page for specific guidelines and application forms. Note that the previous FEBS Long-Term Fellowships scheme is now closed to new applications.


    About FEBS Excellence Awards

    FEBS is pleased to announce the launch of a prestigious new scheme from 2021 – the FEBS Excellence Award – to support early-career group leaders in the FEBS area. FEBS Excellence Awards provide funding for research equipment and consumables over a 3-year period.

    Find more details of this new scheme on the FEBS Excellence Award guidelines and FEBS Excellence Award FAQs web pages.

    Office Address: 

    The FEBS office is Suite B1, Third Floor, St Andrew's House, 59 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BZ, UK.

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  • EMBO | Europe


    European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Fellowships


    EMBO promotes excellence in the life sciences through a variety of programmes and activities. EMBO is entrusted with the execution of the EMBC General Programme. Through its General Programme, the EMBC provides a framework for European co-operation in the life sciences. Its focus is the provision of training, teaching and research scholarships, and the establishment of programmes for courses and workshops in the life sciences. Financial contributions from each Member State carry the General Programme.

    EMBO Programmes and activities are about research on the mechanisms of life at all levels, from single molecules to organisms and ecosystems. To be able to group and retrieve information from a particular area, we apply a system of 20 broad and non-exclusive categories to our projects, communities, and events. Brief descriptions and lists of keyword terms define the scope of these subject areas.

    Postdoctoral Fellowships:

    Supporting internationally mobile postdoctoral researchers in Europe and around the world

    Fellowship duration:

    EMBO Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded for a period of two years although shorter durations can be requested. The minimum fellowship duration that can be requested is one year. Fellowships must be started within one calendar year from the relevant evaluation cut-off.

    General Email:

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  • The UNESCO Fellowships Programmes | UNESCO


    The UNESCO Fellowships Programmes


    Fellowships are an effective modality for UNESCO to enhance the human resources and capacity-building of Member States, especially developing countries. Fellowships are specially tailored training which is designed to give qualified persons practicing or intending to practice a profession in the field of the UNESCO program priorities an opportunity to receive additional and practical training, thus contributing to the advancement and circulation of knowledge and skill promoting development and international understanding.

    Resolution 13.6 of the 28th session of the General Conference requests "...the Director-General to regard the National Commission as the official channel in the Member States for the submission of fellowship applications...". Thus, the UNESCO Secretariat cannot consider applications from individuals. All applications must be channeled through the National Commission for UNESCO of the candidate's country and without this endorsement, no application may be examined.

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  • FWF | Austria


    Austrian Science Foundation, FWF


    The Austrian Science Fund (FWF) is Austria’s central funding organization for basic research.

    The purpose of the FWF is to support the ongoing development of Austrian science and basic research at a high international level. In this way, the FWF makes a significant contribution to cultural development, to the advancement of our knowledge-based society, and thus to the creation of value and wealth in Austria.

    The FWF is an institution established under Austrian federal law (Research and Technology Funding Act, or FTFG).
    The FWF was established under Art. 2 FTFG for the purpose of funding non-profit-oriented research designed to generate new insights and to expand and advance scholarly knowledge.

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  • Master Mind Scholarships | Belgium


    Master Mind Scholarships


    The Flemish Ministry of Education and Training awards scholarships for master's programmes in Flanders and Brussels to outstanding students from around the world. A Master Mind Scholarship includes a grant of €8 200 + a tuition fee waiver per academic year (60 ECTS). Master Mind Scholarship holders only pay an administrative enrolment fee. The grant is paid in instalments and covers accommodation costs, insurances and a significant amount of their living expenses. If you are interested, you first need to apply to one of the Flemish host institutions that participates in the Master Mind Scholarship Programme.

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  • Vanier CGS | Canada


    The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships


    The Government of Canada launched the Vanier CGS program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global center of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering, and health.

    At a glance:

    Named after Major-General Georges P. Vanier, the first francophone Governor General of Canada, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program helps Canadian institutions attract highly qualified doctoral students.

    Areas of research:

    • Health research
    • Natural sciences and/or engineering research
    • Social sciences and humanities research

    Nomination process

    Candidates must be nominated by a Canadian institution with a quota (i.e., a predetermined number of applications that can be put forward to the national competition) to host Vanier scholars. Candidates should only seek a nomination from the institution at which they want to study.

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  • ANSO | China


    The ANSO Scholarship


    ANSO is a non-profit, non-governmental international scientific organization founded in 2018 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 36 other international science and education institutions from around the world. ANSO came into being under the principles of "joint consultation, joint effort and joint sharing" championed by the Chinese "Belt and Road Initiative"

    ANSO is committed to promoting shared development, sustainable development and the advancement of the UN SDGs through catalyzing and implementing concrete international cooperation initiatives in Science, Technology & Innovation and Capacity Building (STIC). It is envisaged that ANSO will focus attention on the investigation and addressing of the most urgent regional and global scientific challenges. This focus includes supporting the needs and scientific capacity building of the Global South through partnerships and cooperation with the member countries and institutions. ANSO is an international organization designed to win global recognition and support through continuous activity, sound scientific programs and actions and success in addressing global needs and challenges.


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  • HFSP | France


    Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP)

    About Postdoctoral Fellowships :

    The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. Applications for high-risk projects are particularly encouraged.

     The projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field.

    HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early-career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.

    Two different fellowships are available:

    Long-Term Fellowships (LTF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. in a biological discipline, who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences that is significantly different from their previous Ph.D. or postdoctoral work.

    Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (CDF) are for applicants with a Ph.D. from outside the life sciences (e.g. in physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, or computer sciences).

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  • Eiffel scholarship program of excellence | France


    Eiffel scholarship program of excellence


    The Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program was established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to enable French higher education institutions to attract top foreign students to enroll in their masters and Ph.D. programs.

    It gives opportunity to the future foreign decision-makers of the private and public sectors, in priority areas of study, and encourages applicants up to 25 years old from developing countries at master’s level, and applicants up to 30 years old from developing and industrialized countries at the Ph.D. level.

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  • DAAD Scholarships | Germany


     DAAD Scholarships

    About the DAAD:

    A brief look back at history shows that the DAAD has a long tradition of uniting people and academia. Founded in Heidelberg in 1925 on the initiative of a single student, the DAAD has since become one of the most important funding organizations in the world for the international exchange of students and researchers. On the following pages, we invite you to learn more about our funding programs and the aims of our activities.

    The most important responsibilities of the DAAD include granting scholarships, promoting the internationalization activities of German universities and research organizations, strengthening German cultural and language studies abroad, and helping developing countries establish productive higher education institutions. The DAAD is also the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation.

    DAAD Network:

    DAAD Information Centre Teheran

    Dr.Shariati St., Yakhchal St., Keynejad St., Eslamieh East St., Tehran, Iran.

    Tel: +98 (21) 2264-9510


    Web: Open website

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  • Humboldt Research Fellowship | Germany


    Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral and experienced researchers


    The Humboldt Research Fellowship for researchers of all nationalities and research areas: We support you – postdoctoral and experienced researchers – with your research in Germany.

    Through the Humboldt Research Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors researchers with above-average qualifications from across the globe. As a fellow, you will benefit from individual support from the Humboldt Foundation and our diverse sponsorship portfolio.

    Duration of the fellowship: 6–24-month research stay in Germany

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  • DFG | Germany


    The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation)


    The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is the central, independent research funding organization in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities by funding research projects at universities and other research institutions.

    The DFG promotes excellence by selecting the best research projects on a competitive basis and facilitating national and international collaboration among researchers. Its mandate also includes encouraging the advancement and training of early career researchers, promoting gender equality in the German scientific and academic communities, providing scientific policy advice, and fostering relations between the research community and society and the private sector.

    The DFG is an association under private law. Its member organizations include research universities, non-university research institutions, such as the Max Planck Society, Fraunhofer, the Helmholtz Association and the Leibniz Association, the academies of sciences and humanities, and a number of scientific associations. The DFG has a current annual budget of € 3.3 billion, provided primarily by the German federal government (69 percent) and the states (29 percent), but also including EU funds and private donations.

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  • The Heinrich Böll Foundation | Germany


    The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants


    The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a catalyst for green visions and projects, a think tank for policy reform, and an international network. We work with more than 100 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain 32 international offices.
    Heinrich Böll is one of the most important and best-known writers of the Federal Republic of Germany. "Bound by the times and my contemporaries, to what my generation has lived through, experienced, seen, and heard," as he himself wrote, he was the critical chronicler of Germany’s history at mid-century.

    Scholarships for Undergraduates, Graduates, and PhD Students:

    The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,200 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are pursuing their degree at universities, universities of applied sciences (‘Fachhochschulen’), or universities of the arts (‘Kunst-/Musikhochschulen’).

    We expect our scholarship recipients to have excellent academic records, to be socially and politically engaged, and to have an active interest in the basic values of the foundation: ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self determination and justice.

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