From the perspective of a young postdoc career in Europe, what are the differences between applying to a Marie-Curie, a Humboldt (in Germany), or an Emmy Noether fellowships?

Bonus question: Are there other fellowships other than the three listed above?

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    Hundreds of others, most likely. – Jouni Sirén Jul 9 '16 at 0:20
  • @JouniSirén can you name a few? – sintetico Jul 9 '16 at 10:47
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    In the UK for example, there are Research Council, Royal Society, Newton, and Leverhulme Fellowships, among many others. In general, each country tends to have at least one general fellowship scheme, and many independent research funders have their own as well. Some fellowships are targeted for international researchers coming to the country, while others are restricted to specific fields. Some prestigious universities also have their own fellowship schemes. – Jouni Sirén Jul 9 '16 at 11:56

I am assuming you mean the Humboldt postdoctoral fellowships, since the Humboldt foundation has many different funding programs. Each of these programs all have their own application procedures and eligibility criteria, so you should read the respective application guides carefully and keep track of the different deadlines, if applicable. For example, the Humboldt and Emmy Noether fellowships have to be taken up in Germany, while the Marie Curie fellowships are EU-wide (well, it's slightly more complicated than that).

The main component of all of these applications is a research proposal, but each of them require different formats. For example, for the Marie Curie applications they provide a template describing all the sections that should be in your proposal.

The Emmy Noether fellowships differ from the others in the sense that they allow you to become a junior research group leader, i.e. they also provide funding for some PhD students and postdocs. You have to have at least two years of experience since your PhD to apply for a Emmy Noether (but not more than four). Because the amount funded is larger, I think the Emmy Noether is regarderd as the most prestigious of these fellowships (and presumably also the most difficult to obtain).

Finally, for your bonus question: yes, there are certainly many more fellowships, some field dependent, but for Germany specifically I think these are the most important individual fellowships.

  • your last comment apply also for fellowships in Europe (not only Germany)? – sintetico Jul 8 '16 at 22:42
  • Most countries also have their own national organisations providing funding, so it really depends. For example in the Netherlands you have Rubicon or Veni fellowships for early career researchers. These are funded by NWO. Many other countries also have such fellowships I believe, but these are the ones I am most familiar with. – Pieter Naaijkens Jul 8 '16 at 23:00
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    Apart fro the Marie-Curie and the Emmy Noether, are there other *European" fellowships (i.e., funded by the EU), as far as you know? – sintetico Jul 9 '16 at 10:46
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    The Emmy Noether is not funded by the EU but by the DFG (German research foundation). You can find European grants here erc.europa.eu or here ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm. Apart from the Marie Curie fellowships, however, most are not aimed at early career researchers. – Pieter Naaijkens Jul 9 '16 at 14:59

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