Emmy Noether Program

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Emmy Noether Program
Introductory year: 1999
Funding period: 5 years
Founder: German Research Foundation
Scholarship holders: a total of 733 (as of summer 2014)
Target group: outstanding young scientists
Website: dfg.de

The Emmy Noether Program is a program introduced by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in 1997 to promote outstanding young scientists. It is named after the German mathematician Emmy Noether .


A doctorate that has not been completed any longer in the past is a prerequisite for admission . As part of the program, the participants are to be qualified for university teaching by leading a junior research group. At the same time, attempts are being made to bring young scientists to Germany from abroad or to stop the emigration of German scientists.

In July 2017, the main committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) decided on the following modifications to the Emmy Noether program with effect from January 1, 2018:

  • The regular proof of a twelve-month stay abroad as proof of international research experience does not apply. The international research experience itself remains an application requirement, which is presented individually by the applicant and subject-specific checked in the assessment process.
  • The regular funding period will be extended by one year and will be up to six years in future.
  • W2 professors are now also entitled to apply if they are still in their qualification phase, i.e. employed on a temporary basis, and are still in an early phase of their academic career.
  • Scientists working in clinical practice are given the opportunity to apply for a rotation position instead of the junior research group leadership position in order to be released for part of their time for research.
  • A family allowance of up to 6,000 euros per year for the care of children and relatives in need of care during congress and research trips can be applied for.

Emmy Noether meeting

Since 2001, the recipients of the Emmy Noether Program have been meeting at the so-called Emmy Noether Meetings, which are intended to facilitate exchange and discussion between the recipients, but also with politics and the DFG head office.

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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. DFG website , accessed on April 3, 2017
  2. ^ Information from the DFG on the program modifications from July 2017
  3. DFG website , accessed on July 12, 2019