Scientific events for junior researchers (workshops, summer schools)

Basis for funding

The Franco-German University (FGU) promotes events for junior researchers (PhD students and post-docs) aimed at supporting networking among researchers and developing Franco-German and international scientific dialogue. These events bring together young scientists from both countries (and possibly from third countries as well) at research workshops, summer or winter schools and present a forum for an exchange of ideas on joint research topics.

Calls for applications

To this effect, the FGU publishes a general call for applications as well as currently two specific calls for applications: “European integration: new impetus for the 'European factory'” and “Artificial intelligence and its challenges for our society”. The events are intended to promote a fruitful exchange among the international scientific community within the framework of an academic topic or an interdisciplinary and innovative approach. They can be organised as individual events as well as a series of events. Eligible for funding are projects which, on the one hand, have a clearly recognisable Franco-German orientation and, on the other hand, target junior researchers as the main target group.

The calls for applications are open to French and German universities as well as non-university research institutes. Integration of a third country is also possible and is supported through funding for international mobility of the respective junior researchers.
The calls for applications are open to all study disciplines. Events should be designed for a minimum of two days to four weeks maximum.

Scope of funding

The amount of the mobility grant depends on the duration of the event and the number of participants. As a rule, the amount of funding is between €2,000 and €15,000. Deviations may apply in justified exceptional cases.

The backing is intended to fund the organisation of the event. The grant can be used to cover part or all of travel and subsistence expenses and, in exceptional cases, to pay speakers’ fees. It can also cover the costs of short-term contracts for undergraduate assistants charged with organising the event, as well as communication costs associated with the event (publications, creation of a website). Participants’ travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Application forms must be duly completed and submitted to the FGU by email:

To the president
of the Franco-German University
Villa Europa, Kohlweg 7
66123 Saarbrücken


Application deadlines

Applications can be submitted for three funding periods per year by the following deadlines: 15.03., 15.06. and 15.10. The assessment process generally takes around four months.

Notes on how to apply

The application must meet the criteria set out in the relevant call for applications. The FGU application form must be duly completed. To obtain this document (Calls for application, Application form) and for any further queries, please contact:

Maria Leprévost, Phone: +49 681 93812 – 105, email: leprevost(at)