Senckenberg Research


Benefits for alumni from the FANS-network:

Alumni have done research at one of the Senckenberg instituts or in one of the Senckenberg collections for at least 14 days in the past.

Research alumni receive an Alumni card which provides life-long admission to the Senckenberg Museums in Frankfurt, Görlitz and Dresden.

All registered alumni will receive the Senckenberg Newsletter “Highlights” which informs you about the latest research results at Senckenberg .

Annual meetings will provide alumni with the opportunity to meet people at Senckenberg and other alumni (again) and keep in touch and updated. You will be informed about these meetings by Email .

Moreover, research alumni and their Senckenberg collaboration partners have the opportunity to apply for different grants, which will be distributed annually. The grants are intended to foster collaborations of alumni with their Senckenberg partners. We would like to support you to come back to Senckenberg to continue your research at one of Senckenbergs institutes or to send one of your junior scientists to Senckenberg (or from Senckenberg to an alumnus) to start new collaborative projects.

You are eligible to apply,

- if you are a registered Senckenberg alumnus/a and wish to come back to Senckenberg for continuing research here or

- if you are a junior scientist at Senckenberg or with a Senckenberg alumnus/a and wish to visit the lab of the collaboration partner (Senckenberg or alumnus/a) in order to initiate a new collaboration.

Criteria for a successful application are

- the impact of your past collaborative research with Senckenberg (e. g. number of joint publications),

- the expected outcome of the project you are intending to conduct when receiving the grant,

- the added value of the newly intended collaboration.

Available grants:

  • Reunion grant: If you as an alumnus/a have conducted collaborative research at Senckenberg before, are now working abroad and wish to continue your collaborations at Senckenberg you can apply for money to come back to Senckenberg. You may also recommend the application of a colleague from your home international home institution to come to Senckenberg. The financial support is intended to cover travel costs as well as allowances while at the Senckenberg institute in Germany. A maximum of € 1.000 per person can be granted. The selection is made by means of a competitive procedure.
  • Travel grant for co-supervisors: If you as an alumnus/a are co-supervising a PhD thesis of a Senckenberg doctoral student you can apply for travel money to come to Germany for the defense or another meeting with the PhD student and his/her Senckenberg supervisor. A maximum of € 500 per person can be granted.
  • Travel grants for young scientists: If you are a PhD student or junior researcher in a group of a Senckenberg scientist or his/her international collaboration partner you can apply for a travel grant to visit the partners lab. The money covers travel costs and allowances. A maximum of € 2.000 per person can be granted.

Applicationscan be submitted at any time and should be provided by using the provided template. Please send your applications to: