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Graduate Center for Postdocs

The funding programme supports postdocs in developing an independent research profile, and helps with networking and further qualification in the field of digitalisation.

Postdocs at universities in Bavaria
Networking, further qualification, allocation of a position
Every 2 years
Max. 4 years

We support qualified young academics in their independent research pursuits.

With this funding line, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts seeks to assist postdocs at universities in Bavaria, qualify them for a successful career in academia and prepare them to take on a tenure-track, lead of a junior research group or comparable position. The aim is to promote the careers of excellent young researchers, primarily from the first or second year after their doctorate, who focus on technically, economically or socially relevant issues in the context of digitalisation.

The focus of the current call for proposals is on AI .

Next application deadline:
currently no submission possible

There are many benefits to participating in the Graduate Center:

  • Funding of a position
  • Access to all bidt events
  • Exchange in working groups with other doctoral researchers and experts from academia and society
  • Increased visibility within the specialist community and beyond

The target group are postdocs in the first one to two years after their doctorate and wish to pursue an academic career. The applicant’s (future) position must be located at a university publicly administered by the Free State of Bavaria or at a state-recognised university significantly funded by the Free State.

A very good knowledge of English is also required, as the language of communication at the Graduate Centre is English. Basic knowledge of German and an interest in expanding this knowledge are also required. An interest in interdisciplinary exchange and initial experience at the interface to other disciplines are also desirable.

In case of admission to the Graduate Center, we expect active participation in the course programme.


The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts is aiming to admit up to ten postdocs to the Graduate Centre in 2025. Following a successful application, admission is expected to take place on 1 January 2025.

The funding includes personnel funds for the postdoc position with a maximum value of E14 TV-L as well as annual research funds of a maximum of 15,000 euros p.a. for a maximum period of four years (subject to the provision of the necessary budget funds by the budget legislator).

The required infrastructure and all other necessary resources must be provided by the university where the position is located.

After two years of funding, work progress is reviewed based on a report, and a decision is made on whether to continue the funding.


An application must include the following documents:

  • Five-page synopsis describing the research project; the research project should have a technical, economic or social focus relevant to digitalisation, be related to the field of AI and be planned for a period of up to four years
  • Proof of an outstanding doctorate or a comparable recognised degree or acceptance as a habilitation candidate. Proof of the doctorate can be provided by submitting all examination-relevant achievements.
  • Declaration of support by the university at which employment is sought, signed by the dean’s office of the relevant faculty. An existing employment relationship is not a prerequisite for application.

Applications must be submitted using the application form linked above. The complete application documents (application form, CV and certificates, declaration of support) must be submitted in a single PDF document via this link in EasyChair. A free account must be created here before submission is possible. Please also note the data protection regulations. The closing date for applications is 30/04/2024.

Selection Procedure

The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts decides based on the recommendations of an independent, interdisciplinary commission of non-Bavarian experts. The basis for the evaluation is always the written application.

Selection criteria include the applicant’s professional qualifications, the scientific quality of the research project and its relevance to aspects of digital transformation in relation to the field of artificial intelligence.


Dr. Christina Dieckhoff

Research Coordinator, bidt

Promoted People

Dr. Andrzej Liebert

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Dr. Maximilian Schäfer

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Dr. Korbinian Rüger

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

Dr. Anna Kerkhof

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

Dr. Annamária Fábián

University of Bayreuth

Dr. Allister Loder

Technical University of Munich


Dr. Patrick Struck

University of Regensburg

Events for Postdocs

These events are aimed at participants in the bidt funding programmes and bidt employees

Together, postdocs and doctoral candidates can gain experience in an interdisciplinary context and work in a productive and results-oriented approach. An overview of the respective working groups and a brief description can be found here:

Professional training

With its training courses, the Graduate Center for Postdocs specifically promotes the professional development of young researchers.


In addition to career-oriented continuing education, there are a number of other and important subject areas for scientists.

  • Science communication
    digital Storytelling, Interviews, competent use of social media, for example LinkedIn, Twitter
  • Agile Research
  • Transfer, Founding
    Design Thinking, patents and licensing
  • Balance of Family and Career
Career Planning 1

The targeted acquisition of third-party funding is essential for a career in science. The training courses mentioned here are intended to help participants with successful application and project management.

  • EU tenders
  • Writing a proposal
    Third-party funding acquisition, funding bodies, various national/international calls for proposals
  • Evaluations, performance reviews
    Expert opinions, time/budget plan, evaluations, resubmission, consulting services
  • Presentation
    Personal presentation, rhetoric, moderating, media communication, interviews
  • Project management
    Methods, requirements, budget and resources, conflicts, coordination
  • Conflict management
    for employees with leadership responsibilities
  • Team, roles in the team
    TMS (Team Management System)
Career planning 2

A training programme is planned for postdocs with the aim of accompanying their career development. The primary goal is to remain in academia. The training courses prepare them specifically for applying for a tenure-track position.

  • Negotiations
    Negotiation situations, strategies
  • Appointment negotiations
    Calling for a professorship
  • Leadership I
    Lateral leadership, sandwich position
  • Leadership II
    Leadership, values
  • Resilience
    Dealing with crisis
  • Networks, communication, contacts
    Participation in non-university (research and advisory) organisations
Competence workshop

At the end of the four-year period in the Graduate Centre, there will therefore be a “competence workshop”.

Participation in the two-day seminar enables the postdocs to intensively examine their personal competencies through a holistic view of their life and professional biography.

This is the foundation for a sustainable professional orientation and goal development, in which the further career path is analysed and planned.