Funding opportunities at LMU

Shape your career by getting the right help from the start! LMU offers perfect research and career development conditions, spanning all phases of your academic journey — from doctorate to professorship.

At the heart of this is the LMU Academic Career Program, which offers ideal research and qualification conditions to outstanding junior researchers. The program encompasses all the relevant career phases spanning the doctoral to postdoc phase, the tenure track and finally the lifetime professorship.

At each career stage, LMU has a wide range of central and faculty-based funding opportunities and services to support you in developing your academic independence and competitive research profile, as well as promote networking outside of academia. Maintaining a balance between academic and family life is also something we don't lose sight of.

Numerous funding opportunities for the career phase you're in

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The doctoral phase

During your doctoral phase, LMU is here to champion your academic qualification, professional development and career planning. Information on support services for doctoral candidates is provided by the LMU Graduate Center — the central coordination, advisory and service facility for doctoral studies at LMU.

The postdoc phase

Whether you're on the road to a professorship or pursuing a career outside of academia, LMU supports you in your postdoctoral phase to get your career well planned out. We do this by helping you broaden your international horizons and establish yourself as an independent researcher through networking and mobility.

Research:

  • The Junior Researcher Fund promotes the individual career development of junior academics (who have gained no more than six years of professional academic experience since having completed their doctorate) by providing support for the independent procurement of externally funded and peer-reviewed research projects, particularly of prestigious research prizes and awards directed at junior academics.
  • Through the Junior Researchers in Residence program, the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) offers outstanding junior academics an attractive opportunity to conduct intensive research on a single topic for one full semester.
  • The CAS Young Center comprises outstanding LMU junior academics, including holders of renowned awards and scholarships.
  • The Postdoc Support Fund provides additional resources to LMU’s individual faculties to facilitate flexible, subject-specific promotion of postdoctoral researchers, particularly for the recruitment of international postdocs, to facilitate the continuation of scientific activity, e.g. following periods of parental leave (re-entry funding), for networking activities, as well as for open-access publishing activities.
  • The Knowledge Transfer Fund provides seed funding for projects aimed at the development of basic research into technological, social or economic innovations.

Internationalization:

  • Through the Postdoc Support Fund, established as part of the LMU's funding as a University of Excellence, our faculties promote international networking, from conference trips to hosting your own conferences and workshops. For more information, please contact your faculty.
  • Harnessing LMU's international network, postdocs are given a number of opportunities to build international networks and take advantage of mobility. This is enabled, for example, via the many strategic partnerships nurtured by LMUexcellent or the Erasmus+ mobility network.

Mentoring:

  • Within the scope of the LMU Mentoring program, excellent junior academics can seek career advice from personally selected mentors and receive subject-specific guidance in developing their careers.

The tenure-track phase

The Tenure Track Model offers junior academics an early-stage, attractive career path towards a permanent professorship at LMU. Tenure-track professors at LMU can draw on a variety of support in building their academic profile.

Research:

  • The Investment Fund provides seed funding for the procurement of large-scale third-party funding projects directed at innovative research ideas and the establishment of new research fields.
  • The Junior Researcher Fund promotes the individual career development of junior academics (who have gained no more than six years of professional academic experience since having completed their doctorate) by providing support for the independent procurement of externally funded and peer-reviewed research projects, particularly of prestigious research prizes and awards directed at junior academics.
  • As a forum for cross-disciplinary academic exchange, the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) promotes various types of cooperative research and academic exchange.
  • The CAS Young Center comprises outstanding LMU junior academics, including holders of renowned awards and scholarships.

Internationalization:

Equal opportunities:

  • In order to increase the proportion of women among professors, the Adele Hartmann Program additionally promotes the appointment of outstanding female researchers to W2 professorships.