Future Talents

Postdoc Career Days

The ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days were designed to ensure the best possible conditions to start your career at TU Darmstadt. To attract the best young research talents worldwide and create a vibrant international scientific community, ‘Future Talents’ invites exceptional young researchers from abroad to visit TU Darmstadt and discover our broad range of research and career opportunities.

Future Talents is guided by the understanding that the decision for a postdoc and an academic career is a deliberate choice. Therefore, the programme offers a chance to convince yourself of the excellent research conditions at TU Darmstadt on-site.

During our Postdoc Career Days you will meet scholars of your field face-to-face and learn more about the research projects and prospects relevant to you. The application and selection process guarantees the matching of candidates, professors and research groups at TU Darmstadt in accordance to respective future career options in your field.

Become a TU Future Talent and visit one of Germany’s top universities of technology!

Who can apply? You can apply for our 'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days if you are:
  • an international Ph.D. student in the final stage of your doctorate
  • or a postdocs at an international university (up until two years after your doctorate)
  • and if your previous research and research interests are relevant to our research activities or our research profile
What we offer
  • a scientific programme
  • a travel grant of up to € 1.000 per person
  • free accommodation during the event
  • a cultural framework programme introducing the city of Darmstadt and its region
Please hand in (as one PDF file)
  • application form 'Future Talents'
  • letter of application, in which you summarize your motivation, competencies and research interests as well as congruency with one of the research areas at TU Darmstadt
  • letter of reference
  • graduation certificates (copies)
  • 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 representing all disciplines at TU Darmstadt and the Gender Equality Officer.

The most important selection criteria are:
  • congruency with research areas at TU Darmstadt
  • scientific excellence (publications, awards, scholarships)
Next steps Please note that the application deadline for the ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days’ 2019 has expired.
‘Future Talents' Short-term Scholarship As a supplementation to our 'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days, participants are entitled to apply for a short-term scholarship allowing for an extended stay at TU Darmstadt.

The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of € 1.700 for 3 to 12 months.

Eligibility requirements are:
  • participation at 'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days at TU Darmstadt
  • an invitation by a TU Darmstadt research group
  • a written statement from the respective research group to the selection committee describing the applicants’ congruency with the research group
  • a delineation of future perspectives at TU Darmstadt