International IGB Fellowship Programme in Freshwater Science

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

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Grant amount: €30,000 - €60,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2020

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 1, 2020

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher Unaffiliated Researcher PhD Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Germany

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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NOTE: The postdoctoral fellowship is currently being revised - therefore, no applications are possible (no deadline on 1 June 2020).

International IGB Fellowship Program in Freshwater Science

You would like to expand your research on freshwaters or inland fisheries? You are highly motivated to put your excellent research ideas into action? You are keen on working abroad with an interdisciplinary team of scientists dedicated to advance freshwater ecology, inland fisheries science or related research areas? And you are looking for unique facilities to develop new approaches to tackle the most important research questions for the future of our freshwaters?
Then we cordially invite you to apply for a research visit at IGB. With Berlin being an attractive science location, you will find stimulating working conditions, excellent infrastructure and open-minded colleagues with a wide range of backgrounds in freshwater ecology and inland fisheries.
About the IGB Fellowship Program
Twice a year we offer fellowships to postdocs and senior scientists for 6-24 months. IGB provides excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research, large-scale experimental facilities as well as long-term research programmes. Fellowships are offered in two funding lines:

Postdoc Fellowships: full support for postdoctoral researchers to carry out full-time research at IGB for up to two years
Senior Fellowships: for scientists who generally lead a research group at their home institution to obtain funding for an extended visit at IGB (e.g., during a sabbatical leave)

It is generally possible to split the granted number of months in more than one visiting period at IGB. Please discuss with your host if this option is suitable for your planned project.

The working language of the laboratories at IGB is English and we value diversity in backgrounds and nationalities.

The following links may help you to identify the best potential host for your scientific idea in one of our main research fields.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must hold a Diploma/Master degree (Doctoral Students Fellowships) or a doctoral degree/PhD (Postdoc and Senior Scientis Fellowships) in a subject relevant to one of our research fields.
  • In advance of the application you should already have contacted your potential host and developed a research program in accordance with your host group.


  • GB is determined to increase the proportion of women in successful scientific careers and particularly encourages female scientists to apply.
  • Disabled persons with equal qualifications will be favoured.


  • Applicants who actually are residents in Germany may not be eligible to apply for the International IGB Fellowship Program.
  • IGB Fellows must not be employed elsewhere in Germany in parallel to their fellowship period at IGB.