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
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:
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 Fellowships, Collaborative 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.
The FEBS office is Suite B1, Third Floor, St Andrew's House, 59 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3BZ, UK.
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.
Supporting internationally mobile postdoctoral researchers in Europe and around the world
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Information Centre Teheran
Dr.Shariati St., Yakhchal St., Keynejad St., Eslamieh East St., Tehran, Iran.
Tel: +98 (21) 2264-9510
Web: Open website
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
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.
The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants
Invest Your Talent in Italy
What does the Invest Your Talent in Italy Program offer me?
By participating in the Invest Your Talent in Italy Program, you will have the opportunity to:
- develop your academic and technical skills through a range of CORSI DI LAUREA MAGISTRALE
(MASTER'S DEGREE COURSES) and MASTER PROGRAMS (ONE-YEAR POSTGRADUATE COURSES)
TAUGHT IN ENGLISH at prestigious Italian Universities;
- increase your practical skills for your future career, by attending an ON-THE-JOB TRAINING at
leading Italian companies while completing your academic work.
How much are the IYT scholarships worth and what do they cover?
The IYT scholarships are worth € 8.100 (€ 900,00 per 9 months) and include exemption from tuition fees.
THEY DO NOT COVER: Tassa Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio (Regional Tax), stamp duty; any expense
regarding accident insurance and/or civil liability; the health insurance policy. Grantees must subscribe a
Health insurance policy to bear any expenses due to illness or accident.
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship
The Swiss government awards postgraduate scholarships to foreign researchers through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).
Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. Recipients are selected by the awarding body, the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS).
The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships are aimed at young researchers from abroad who have completed a master’s degree or Ph.D. and at foreign artists holding a bachelor’s degree.
Types of scholarship
The FCS assesses scholarship applications according to three criteria:
a) Candidate profile
b) Quality of the research project or artistic work
c) Synergies and potential for future research cooperation
ZHAW-Leading House South Asia and Iran
The ZHAW is the Leading House for research collaboration with partner institutions in South Asia and Iran. Mandated by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in 2021, the ZHAW promotes and fosters scientific cooperation with key institutions in South Asia and Iran during the funding period 2021-2024. The South Asia region includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with Iran as an additional country.
All scientists from Swiss federal and cantonal universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education, as well as public research institutions, are eligible to apply. Calls are open for activities in all scientific disciplines and fields of research.
Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams
🔹The SPIRIT is one of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) programs which facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected countries that are receiving development assistance.
🔹Funding is awarded to research projects with clearly defined goals that are submitted by excellent research consortia from two to four countries. Researchers from all disciplines can apply for a SPIRIT grant; the topics are chosen by the researchers themselves.
🔹Applicants can request between 50,000 and 500,000 francs in project funds for two to four years. At least 30% of each approved grant must be allocated to Switzerland and at least 30% to the relevant partner country/countries.
Foundation Roman Areces
In 1976 Ramón Areces created the foundation that bears his name, with the broad objective of fostering scientific and technical research in Spain and education and culture in general. The Foundation was a pioneering institution in our country, and ever since its creation it has constantly and firmly supported scientific research as the driving force behind progress and modernity.
In its early years, the Foundation created and developed the necessary instruments to boost scientific research (national procedures to award financial aid for research), favor the training of human capital (scholarship programs for further studies abroad), and popularize and humanize science (scientific dissemination programs). By the late seventies, for the first time a private foundation was financing basic and applied research, opening up new opportunities for researchers and providing researchers with a forum for publicly showcasing their work.
Scholarships and Grants:
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), or Gakushin for short, is an independent administrative institution, established by way of a national law for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science in all fields of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. JSPS plays a pivotal role in the administration of a wide spectrum of Japan's scientific and academic programs. While working within the broad framework of government policies established to promote scientific advancement, JSPS carries out its programs in a manner flexible to the needs of the participating scientists.
JSPS was founded in 1932 as a non-profit foundation through an endowment granted by Emperor Showa. JSPS became a quasi-governmental organization in 1967 under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (Monbusho), and since 2001 under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (Monbukagakusho). Over this 70-year period, JSPS has worked continuously to develop and implement a far-reaching array of domestic and international scientific programs. On October 1, 2003, JSPS entered a new phase with its conversion to an independent administrative institution, as which it will strive to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of its management so as to improve the quality of the services it offers to individual researchers, universities, and research institutes.
JSPS's operation is supported in large part by annual subsidies from the Japanese Government. Its main functions are:
Support for Research Initiatives
Fostering Next Generation of Researchers
Strengthening Linkage with Society
Enhancing the Education and Research Functions of Universities
Awards of Recognition
University of Tokyo Research Internship Program (UTRIP)
UTRIP stands for the "University of Tokyo Research Internship Program." This program was launched by the Graduate School of Science (GSS) of the University of Tokyo (one of the world's leading research-education universities) as part of its campaign that began in June 2010 for promoting the internationalization of the GSS by inviting talented young students from abroad. UTRIP is an intensive summer research program targeted at undergraduates who have a keen interest in pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the future. During the program, the participants receive intensive instruction and guidance on conducting research from renowned faculty members belonging to the GSS's five departments of physics, astronomy, chemistry, earth & planetary science, and biological sciences.
Due to continued activity restrictions set in place for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, UTRIP, as well as other in-person activities, was canceled in 2020. Nevertheless, as one of the educational endeavors in anticipation of the ‘Post-Corona’ age, the Graduate School of Science (GSS) of the University of Tokyo has launched, in 2021, the virtual research internship program, UTRIP Online, as a pilot program.
We aim to turn the current situation into a positive factor for highly motivated students from all over the world, allow them a hands-on experience of internships at the University of Tokyo, and give them the opportunity to participate in remote lectures and research activities without being bound by geographical constraints.
NIH Grants and Funding
A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.
Wells Mountain Initiative Scholarship
Wells Mountain Initiative (WMI), fosters social change at the local level by building a global network of grassroots leaders who are catalyzing community transformation across 47 developing countries.
We support young people who have proved to be unstoppable in the face of adversity and are deeply committed to leading change in their community. We fund their undergraduate studies in high-need sectors, help them lead social service projects during their academic career and stand alongside them to address any challenges, so that they successfully complete their studies.
Post-graduation, we provide life-long support, which includes professional development and social entrepreneurship training, community development grants to start and grow their own community projects and businesses, regular in-person conferences and online webinars and support for in-country scholar-led fellowships.
Through our efforts, we are fostering a global community of grassroots leaders and social entrepreneurs who are tackling issues such as gender inequity, educational access, health disparities and climate change through a locally-rooted and community-driven approach, resulting in more just and sustainable solutions.
Interested in Becoming a WMI Scholar?
Our Ideal Candidate – A student, male or female, from a country in the developing world who:
The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. We provide thousands of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices, funding a vast array of projects—many of them now shaped by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Whilst there is no ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, we are looking for the kind of people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future.
Because these scholarships are fully funded (flights, accommodation, and course fees are all included), you are free to focus on achieving your professional goals and maximizing the experience of a lifetime. You will live and study in the UK for a year, during which time you will develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. On completing your studies, you will leave the UK equipped with the knowledge and networks necessary to bring your own ideas to life.
MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)
The overall aim of the MSP is to contribute to capacity building within organizations by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands. It also aims at strengthening the relations between the participating countries and The Netherlands by building a sustainable alumni network.
While the scholarship is awarded to individuals, all candidates must be nominated by their employer to be able to participate. The need for training has to be demonstrated in the context of the organization the applicant is employed by.
The scholarships are awarded in a competitive selection to highly motivated professionals ‘change makers’ who are in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge into their employing organization. At least 50% of all scholarships per country are allocated to female applicants.
The MSP is open to professionals who are nationals of - and living and working in - one of the countries listed below:
* MSP is not currently open to professionals applying from Syria. Applicants with Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other MSP countries listed.
The 2 candidate application rounds for individual scholarships are:
3 February-30 March 2021 at 4 pm CET (for short courses starting between 26 July 2021 and 22 February 2022). The election results will be available after 3 June 2021.
1 September-12 October 2021 (for short courses starting between 21 February and 25 July 2022). The election results will be available after 14 December 2021.
Due to Covid-19, it is possible that the first part of a course will take place online and the second part in the Netherlands, once the situation allows face-to-face training again. It is also possible that courses will take place entirely online or face-to-face. All education institutions will do their utmost to host a part of the course in the Netherlands.
The Holland Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands. Are you ready for the chance of a lifetime? Apply for the Holland Scholarship!
This scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science as well as several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences.
The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies. Please note that this is not a full-tuition scholarship.
Grant award period
The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once.
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştırma Kurumu, TÜBİTAK) is a national agency of Turkey whose stated goal is to develop "science, technology and innovation" (STI) policies, support and conduct research and development, and to "play a leading role in the creation of a science and technology culture" in the country. TÜBİTAK was founded in 1963 as an autonomous public institution, governed by a Science Board.
International Programs (Postdoctoral):