Global Fellowships

Frontiers in Nature Research and Conservation

Current application period: September 1st, 2023 (0 am CEST) – October 1st, 12 pm CEST)

Senckenberg offers fellowships to highly motivated and talented early career scientists (doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers) from the Global South (Ext. Link: List of countries belonging to the Global South).

The fellowships are awarded for a period of three to a maximum of six months each. Our goal is to support excellent research, to expand and strengthen the worldwide cooperation network and to contribute to the global exchange of knowledge.

We cordially invite you to apply for a Global Fellowship fellowship at Senckenberg. Our fellows will have access to the 41 million objects in our Senckenberg collection, to our research laboratories and research infrastructures, to our libraries, and to the expertise of our scientific staff. At Senckenberg, you will find optimal working conditions and open-minded colleagues* with a broad range of scientific backgrounds in biodiversity, anthropology, geology, collection-based research, genomics, and conservation ecology.

We look forward to hearing from you if you have an idea for a high-quality research project that you would like to implement together with a scientific host at Senckenberg.



About the fellowship program

  • The Global Fellowship Program addresses PhD students and postdocs from countries of the Global South (Ext. Link: List of all countries of the Global South).
  • Regular application deadlines are March 1st (12 pm CET) and October 1st (12 pm CEST) of each year. Opening of online application submission 4 weeks before deadline.
  • We offer fellowships for PhD students (1,600 €/month) or postdocs (2,700 €/month) for 3 months, in selected cases for up to 6 months.
  • In addition to the stipend, we offer a one-time travel allowance (up to 1,200 €).


  • Applicants from countries of the Global South will be considered.
  • Applicants must hold a Master’s or PhD degree in one of Senckenberg’s research areas.
  • You will contact a suitable scientist at Senckenberg, who can be your host, and together you will develop a concept for a suitable research topic, which you will spend the funded time working on at Senckenberg.
  • This link to all Senckenberg institutes can help you find suitable hosts for your project ideas: all Senckenberg institutes.

Required application documents

  1. Letter of motivation with information on your research interests and experience (max. 1 page, in the online form)
  2. Description of your project idea (planned goals, implementation) for the research to be carried out within the framework of the fellowship, agreed upon with your host at Senckenberg (max. 1 page, in the online form)
  3. Letter of support from your host(s) at Senckenberg, acknowledging you and your proposed work, adding to the expertise of the host group, and outlining how your stay will add value to Senckenberg as well (max. 1 page – upload)
  4. Your current curriculum vitae, including a complete list of your publications (upload)
  5. Certificates of your Master’s degree and, if applicable, of your PhD (upload)
  6. Optional: further letters of recommendation (e.g. from mentors, supervisors; upload)

Please note that you can only apply online via our form. Please use our form/template for the texts under 1. and 2. and fill it out carefully and completely. Please make sure that the uploaded documents are complete. If any required documents are missing, we will unfortunately not be able to consider your application.

Selection procedure

A scientific selection committee will select the successful applications within approximately eight weeks after the application deadline. The selection committee is composed of renowned scientists from the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

Senckenberg supports equal opportunities for all genders and places particular emphasis on promoting career opportunities for women and underrepresented groups. Qualified women and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to equally qualified applicants* with disabilities.

Successful applicants and their hosts will be notified eight weeks after the application deadline.


For organizational advice, please contact the e-mail address

For professional advice and consultation, please contact your professionally suitable potential hosts.

Our flyer with all the necessary information about the program. 


Frequently asked questions


Applicants who do not currently have a temporary affiliation at a research institution are asked to contact us at

Application deadline

Please send your application before March 1st (12 pm CET) and October 1st (12 pm CEST) of each year.


Natural History Collections are Senckenberg’s largest and most important research infrastructure. With around 40 million counting units, they represent the largest natural history collection in Germany and probably the sixth largest worldwide. You can find more about our collections here.

Equal opportunities

Senckenberg supports equal opportunities for all genders and places particular emphasis on promoting career opportunities for women and underrepresented groups. Qualified women and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Equally qualified applicants with disabilities are given preference.

Global South

The OECD maintains a list of the so-called countries of the Global South, to which we adhere. The list is available at the following link:
You can find more information on how this list is being created here:

Grant / Stipend

Young researchers who are temporarily abroad on another, fixed-term grant are eligible to apply, provided that double funding can be ruled out.


An overview over all Senckenberg Institutes can be found on the Senckenberg homepage under

Research Infrastructure

The research infrastructure program comprises the infrastructure units that form the indispensable basis for research and are mostly also open to external users. Some of them are operated jointly with other institutions.
Our research infrastructure includes collections, libraries, databases, laboratories and research platforms. More information can be found here.


Young researchers with permanent residence in Germany, EU countries, North America, Australia, etc. are not eligible to apply, regardless of their nationality.

Selection procedure

The selection process takes approximately up to eight weeks after submission of the application.

Travel allowance

If the travel costs exceed 1,200 €, the difference must be intercepted in other ways.


In order to take advantage of our Fellowship in Germany, you will need some documents from Senckenberg:
– a letter of invitation
– a visiting scientist contract
– a hosting agreement
In case of your sponsorship, we will be happy to help you with these documents and with all further necessary steps and official matters.

Marked in blue are the countries from which visiting scientists have been at Senckenberg (period: 2012 – 2022).
Marked in blue are countries in which Senckenberg has maintained cooperations (period: 2012 – 2022). 
Marked in blue are the countries to which Senckenberg researchers have undertaken expeditions (period: 2012 – 2022).