Career Bridging Grants

After the doctorate: Postdoc at TU Darmstadt

A postdoc is the next step after the doctorate and thus the next step in your academic career. To offer the best possible support for young researchers on their academic path, TU Darmstadt has implemented Postdoc Career Programmes, which meet the particular challenges of an early research career.

The Postdoc Career Programmes focus on four areas of support: (1) creating best possible conditions to start your career at TU Darmstadt, (2) providing financial aid in between two career steps, (3) offering a support package for special scientific purposes, (4) increasing your scientific independence and promoting your path towards professorship.

The Postdoc Career Programmes are augmented by a broad range of accompanying supportive services open to all postdocs at TU Darmstadt. These services comprise the participation in the Ingenium professional skills programme, the Ingenium career networking programme, and the Research Funding services at TU Darmstadt. On this site you will find further information on all our programmes and services tailored especially to postdoctoral researchers.

Jobs and Research Opportunities

With a focus on technology, our 13 departments represent a broad range of scientific disciplines and engineering fields. Together with our Graduate Schools, Research Training Groups, Collaborative Research Centres and Research Units they offer a stimulating and cooperative research environment for young researchers. This is where your research takes place! Browse our departments and Research programmes sites for an overview over current research projects and recruitment options. Additionally, you find a list of job vacancies on our career site. As part of our Postdoc Career Programmes, the ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days offer an alternative way to join TU Darmstadt as a postdoc and to get to know us better.

Postdoc Career Programmes

As a postdoctoral researcher you can profit from a number of support and funding programmes at TU Darmstadt. All of these programmes are tailored especially to enhance your career prospects and secure scientific autonomy.

'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days Career Bridging Grants Ingenium Support Package Athene Young Investigator

Career Bridging Grants

You are a Ph.D. student or postdoc planning your next career step? You would like to apply for a postdoc position but your funding will have run out until the beginning of your next funding period?

The Career Bridging Grant closes financial gaps in between two career steps or grant funded appointments for candidates currently working at or aiming to work at TU Darmstadt. It provides short-term financial support for highly qualified candidates, who apply for a grant or position and whose application is likely to be successful. The Grant secures financial support during the application process and thus facilitates a seamless transition to the next career step.


Who can apply?

  • Ph.D. students and postdocs at TU Darmstadt
    • who prepare a proposal for individual external funding at another university
    • and whose individual funding runs out before the beginning of the next funding period.
  • Ph.D. students and postdocs from other universities (national and international)
    • who prepare a proposal for individual external funding at TU Darmstadt
    • and whose individual funding runs out before the beginning of the next funding period.

What we offer

  • financial support for a duration of max. 12 months (the amount of the Grant depends on your research experience)
  • For researchers coming to Darmstadt we further offer:
    • a broad range of research and career opportunities at one of Germany’s top universities of technology
    • an inspiring and professional environment for your research
    • access to research support programmes at TU Darmstadt (e.g. Ingenium professional skills programme and career networking programme)

Please hand in

  • application form Career Bridging Grant
  • information about the individual external funding you plan to apply for: format of funding, funding period, place of implementation of research project (1 page)
  • proposal of research project, incl. structural involvement in institution, time schedule of preparation of your proposal
  • CV
  • graduation certificates (copies)
  • letter of acceptance from research group
  • account of financial situation, incl. proof of a lack of funding for the period of application (e.g. expiring employment contract or stipend)
  • Ph.D. certificate or proof of Ph.D. submission/ statement from your supervisor that the Ph.D. will be completed within the next 6 months
  • certificates/ proof of scientific excellence (publications, awards, scholarships)

How we select

The competitive selection process is organized by TU Darmstadt. Applications will be reviewed by an independent scientific committee and the Gender Equality Officer. The committee meets twice a year (December and June).

The most important selection criteria are:

  • scientific excellence (publications, awards)
  • scientific quality of research proposal
  • determination of young researcher
  • high chances of success of application and acquisition of external funds

Next steps

We are looking forward to receiving your application until November 15, 2016.

Please send your application electronically as one PDF file to:

Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt Technische Universität Darmstadt

Mrs. Nina Greßhoff

Karolinenplatz 5

64289 Darmstadt

Research Support

In addition to our Postdoc Career Programmes, a variety of services at TU offer information, counselling and support in all areas relating to your research.


As the umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers at TU Darmstadt, Ingenium offers information, guidance and support in pursuing academic as well as non-academic career paths. Besides functioning as a single point of contact for doctoral students and postdocs at TU Darmstadt, Ingenium proffers a professional skills programme and regularly organizes career and networking events.

Research Funding

The Research Funding Unit in the Directorate for Research and Technology Transfer provides information, advice and services related to research funding programmes and proposal writing.

Senior Scientific Advisors

Learn about the principles, tips and tricks of proposal writing from TU Darmstadt’s senior scientific advisors. The experienced and renowned professors offer individual counselling regarding proposal preparation for individual funding, e.g. to prepare a proposal for research grants at DFG or at the ERC.

Additional Services

In order to be able to concentrate fully on your research, several service institutions at TU Darmstadt help you with organizational matters relating to your moving to Darmstadt or finding family support.