LMU Research Fellowships

The LMU Research Fellowships are directed at outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all fields of research. Since 2017, the Program has been supported by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action.

Supported by an LMU professor, fellows carry out their own two-year research project and thus sharpen their academic profile. Mobility and networking with international partner institutions are particularly promoted through research stays or collaborations.

In addition to Incoming Fellowships for outstanding international early-career researchers. LMU also awards Outgoing Fellowships for excellent postdoctoral researchers who have completed their doctorates in the last twelve months or are about to do so.

The LMU Research Fellows are members of the Young Center of the LMU Center for Advanced Studies.

Since the start of the LMU Research Fellowship Program in 2009, a total of 74 excellent junior academics have been funded in eight calls, 46 of whom came from institutions abroad, 45 percent were women. Almost all former fellows remained in academia and subsequently obtained attractive positions at renowned academic institutions, including professorships at institutions such as the University of Oxford, New York University, and EPF Lausanne.

No further calls are planned at this time.

Selected success stories

Meteorologist Linda Forster is an Outgoing LMU Research Fellow engaged on a project on cloud formation at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and at LMU Munich. The results may help predict future climate change.

Chemist Henry Schurkus is the first Outgoing LMU Fellow. As part of his Fellowship, he worked at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. His project could help to make hydrogen production more carbon-neutral.

Art historian Philippe Cordez extracts hidden connotations from objects preserved from pre-modern times. He joined LMU as a Research Fellow and subsequently headed a Junior Research Group funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria.


Patricia Frohberg

Research Strategy Unit

Coordinator LMU Research Fellowships

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 754388.

European Union Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement

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