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Helmholtz Visiting Researcher Grant

The Helmholtz Visiting Researcher Grant offers doctoral students and postdocs the opportunity to do a fully-funded short-term research stay at one of the 18 Helmholtz centers. The program is promoted by HIDA, the Helmholtz Information and Data Science Academy.

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The aim of the program is to enable new research collaborations, to foster knowledge exchange, and to explore new or emerging research topics in the field of information and data sciences. The program addresses researchers in both academia and in industry whose research has a strong link to the (applied) information and data sciences. It offers researchers the opportunity to get to know the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers.

HIDA is tasked to support the mission of the Helmholtz Association – solving the major challenges facing society, science and the economy by conducting top-level research in strategic programs within six research fields: Energy, Earth & Environment, Health, Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Matter, and Information.

The locations of the 18 Helmholtz Centers are spread all over Germany.

How does the Helmholtz Visiting Researcher Grant work?

We offer financial support for a self-organized research stay in a department/working group in one of the 18 Helmholtz centers. Your research must have a strong link to the field of (applied) information & data sciences.

  • Who can apply: Postdocs and doctoral students from (inter-)national research organizations and researchers from industry (Master's degree with at least 3 years of research experience, or PhD). If you are a postdoc at one of the Helmholtz centers and are interested in a research stay at another Helmholtz center, please apply for the HIDA Trainee Network.
  • Duration: HIDA offers funding for a 1-3 months research stay.


  • Step 1 Contact a research group at one of the 18 Helmholtz centers to discuss the possibility of a 1- to 3-month research stay.
  • Step 2 You and the hosting Helmholtz center (e.g. head* of the corresponding research area or group) can apply for a Helmholtz Visiting Researcher Grant to financially support your stay.  
  • Step 3 Prepare for your stay and get inspired by the fascinating world of Helmholtz research!

Save the date: The next application round for the Helmholtz Visiting Researcher Grant starts in March 2022.

Before applying, please read our application guidelines carefully. The review process may take approximately 3 months.

Do you have any Questions?

Take a look at our FAQs or send us an email at You can also get in touch with the contact persons at the Helmholtz centers. For more information on funding opportunities, click here.


All applications are reviewed by a selection committee. This committee consists of the HIDA Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives from the Helmholtz Research Fields and the Helmholtz Information & Data Science Schools.

For the awarding of the grants, the motivation of the applicant, the quality and originality of the project as well as the basic feasibility within the time frame of the planned research stay are particularly decisive. Furthermore, a relation to the field of Information & Data Science as well as the added value for the research portfolio of the Helmholtz Association must be clearly recognizable. The funding commitment is made in coordination with the Helmholtz centers.

Final Report and Certificate

After the research stay, applicants are requested to send HIDA a report on their activities at the hosting Helmholtz center. The final report should be submitted to HIDA within 3 months after the end of the research stay. Upon receipt of the final report, HIDA will issue a certificate of participation in the Helmholtz Visiting Researcher Grant.

Do you have further questions about the application process or the program?

Feel free to contact us.


Stefanie Gruber-Sliva
Advisor HIDA Trainee Network


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