Start Up Postdoc Fellowship (1B)

Instrument 1 Type B

Start Up Postdoc Fellowship

Funding for young scientists to establish their research direction:
Non-clinical career - scientists, medics

The aim of this instrument is to give promising young scientists the opportunity to further develop or newly develop their own field of research in order to be able to acquire a junior research group (Instr. 2) and extramural third-party funding following the BONFOR funding period.
It is expected that the applicant is responsible for the use of funds and scientific planning of the project. This project responsibility should also be reflected in the publication of the data in the order of authors. A last authorship is considered a significant success of the project.

For who?

Natural scientists in the postdoc phase

Medics in specialization training

  • Upper limit years after completed doctorate: Limitation to usually 4-6 years after doctorate, exceptions are possible and will be reviewed/decided individually. Parental leave is taken into account.
  • Scientists with their own extramural third-party funding are no longer eligible for this funding arm (exception: doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships).
  • Leaders of a working group are excluded from submitting an application.
Labor Felix Jansen
© Felix Heyder


Required Qualification

Above average doctorate1 (magna or summa cum laude)

At least 2 years of postdoctoral experience at time of application submission.
(the date of the doctoral certificate is decisive)

1 Notw: Above average doctorate

In the case of a doctorate not recognized in Germany (including a professional doctorate acquired abroad), an application may be admitted in justified individual cases. An application may be admitted despite the absence of a doctorate if proof of doctorate-equivalent achievements can be provided in the form of a publication as first author in a quality-assured journal and the applicant can clearly demonstrate the share of his or her independent scientific work in this (listing of those results of the publication that were generated by the applicant and confirmation by signature that he or she carried out these results himself or herself).

Award Criteria

Evidence of first own publications:

  • At least one original paper with first authorship in a peer-reviewed international English-language journal recognized in the field, or equivalent achievement.
  • Evidence of first own publications in an English-language peer-reviewed journal recognized in the field from which the application topic is derived.


  • Applicants do not need to have an employment contract at UKB at the time of application.
  • The host institution is expected to contribute to the costs with a share of 15% of the funding amount.

2 Note: Workplace

In the case of family-related part-time employment, different arrangements can be made. Please contact the BONFOR Coordination Office in good time before submitting your application.


Personnel funds
Financing of own position at 100%, remunerated according to TV-L

    Core Facility Services
    max. 3,000 € per year (exclusively CF established at UCB)

    max. 15.000 € per year (incl. animal costs and computer software; hardware support and technical equipment are excluded)

    Travel and publication costs
    Application for funding to cover travel and publication costs is excluded.

    Duration of Funding

    12 to 24 months

    Continuation Funding

    • Evaluation after the first 9 months of funding
    • Funding for months 13-24 after positive evaluation and, if necessary, interview with BONFOR commissioner. The decision on the continuation of funding is made independently of the meeting

    Combination Possibilities and Follow-up Funding

    If the relevant requirements are met:

    After the first year of funding
    Change of instrument: application for a junior research group (Instr. 2) for max. 24 months, no parallel funding possible

    After the second funding year Follow-up funding
    Application for a junior research group (Instr. 2) for max. 12 months


    Step 1

    Project Application

    • Contacting the Coordination office
    • Consultation by the Team Internal Funding
    • Getting Access to the BONFOR eApplication system
    • Submission of the project application via the BONFOR eApplication system.

    Step 2

    Appraisal & Decision

    One internal and one external expert opinion, commission consultation

    Step 3

    Project Execution

    12 to 24 months

    Step 4

    Evaluation & Project Presentation

    • Final report to the date of account closure
    • Documentation of external follow-up financing and publications achieved
    • Presentation of the research project at the BONFOR symposium

    Application & Deadlines

    Submission of the project application in English including mandatory and additional documents via the BONFOR eApplication portal.

    Project Application

    Please use the following template to describe your project proposal (in English language):

    Please use the following document for your project proposal:

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your application:

    • Project Application in english language (s. template)

    • One page of summary of the research project

    • Curriculum vitae and scientific background of the applicant (with examination grades)

    • Doctoral Certificate

    • List of publications of the applicant (proof of first own publications according to the above-mentioned award criteria)

    • Publication List of the Supervising work group

    • Signed guidelines for the use of BONFOR funds
    • Declaration Bonfor-applicant
    • Cooperation agreement(s)
    • Votum of the Ethics commission
    • Animal Testing Permit
    • Further Documentation

    Declaration of commitment

    Support of the research project by the management of the clinic or institute, documented by:

    • Workplace agreement (external and internal applicants)
      of the responsible working group management for the requested BONFOR funding period and declaration of acceptance of the 15% share of the funding amount by the host institution
    • Employment contract (internal applicant)
      This contract must cover the requested BONFOR funding period. A possible extension of the employment contract can be applied for at the GB1 under the condition of the BONFOR funding agreement (please clarify details with the BONFOR office in due time and before submitting the BONFOR application).
    • Continued full-time employment
      Legally binding commitment of the clinic/institute/department management that the candidate will continue to be employed full-time for the duration of the funding in the event of a positive evaluation of a follow-up funding application (instrument 2 or extramural).


    Grant applications may be submitted at any time, but must be submitted via the BONFOR eApplication system no later than the application deadline for the respective meeting date. 


    Avatar Racz

    PD Dr. Ildiko Racz

    Science Management - Coordination Internal Funding

    Venusberg-Campus 1

    53127 Bonn

    Avatar Schmitt

    Dr. Dorothea Schmitt

    Science Management - Coordination Internal Funding

    Venusberg-Campus 1

    53127 Bonn

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