DFF-Individual postdoctoral grants

The purpose of DFF-Individual postdoctoral grants is to maintain and develop the research competencies of researchers who are in the beginning of their research careers.

The Secretariat of the Danish Council for Independent Research
E-mail: DFF-opslag@fi.dk
Phone: (+45) 7231 8200

Withdrawal of Call for Proposals for mobility grants and individual postdoctoral grants in the spring 2016



The purpose of DFF–Individual Postdoctoral grants is to maintain and develop the research competencies of researchers who are in the beginning of their research careers. The aim is to enable the grant recipient to consolidate his or her individual research profile through the project, and develop his or her scientific network. In its assessment of applications, the Council emphasises that a DFF–Individual Postdoctoral grant will contribute – to the widest possible extent – to promoting the national and international mobility among research environments and, where relevant, between research environments and the business community.

The grants are awarded to researchers who in an independent manner carry out specific research projects at research institutions in Denmark or abroad.

For postdocs from other countries who apply for funding to carry out research projects in Denmark, it is DFF’s expectation that they will bring considerable new expertise to the Danish host environment.

For applicants to FNU, international mobility between Denmark and foreign research environments during the entire grant period is a decisive criterion for being awarded a DFF–Individual Postdoctoral grant. For applicants to FSS, the council will emphasise a level of mobility, so that PhD and postdoctoral projects will not be carried in one research environment only. FTP emphasises that for postdocs who apply from Denmark, longer research stays abroad will form part of their project

Researchers who have obtained a PhD or equivalent qualifications, such as a positive assistant professorship evaluation (“adjunktbedømmelse”), may apply for DFF–Individual Postdoctoral grants.

DFF emphasises that applicants are at the beginning of their research careers. Thus, applicants must fulfil the following requirements concerning the age of their PhD degree, as calculated from the application deadline: 

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Requirements concerning the age of the applicant’s PhD degree


At the time of application, it is normally expected that no more than 4 years have elapsed since the applicant obtained his or her PhD


Applicants must have obtained their PhD within the last 4 years

In both cases, any leaves of absence, such as maternity/parental leave, illness or family care leave, leave for military service, humanitarian aid work, etc. will be taken into account. In addition to this, special scientific/academic circumstances may be taken into account. Examples include clinical stays or similar activities which can be considered a necessary step in a career path, but where the time for research has been very limited. For applicants who have been on maternity or paternity leave after obtaining their PhD, the Council will allow for an extended period of time since the degree was obtained. The extended period is calculated by multiplying the actual number of leave months by factor 2. The exact period of the maternity/paternity leave, with start date and end date, must be stated in the applicant’s CV.

The application must be submitted by the applicant him-/herself. As applicant, you are expected to manage and carry out the project yourself in an independent manner, just as DFF expects that the project description has been formulated by you personally. Thus, support to other researchers can only be granted to a very limited extent under this instrument. If you apply for funding for other scientific / academic participants than yourself, you must state in your project description what role these participants play in your project and why their participation is necessary.

If you are a PhD student you may apply, provided that you attach a declaration from your supervisor stating that your thesis is expected to be submitted within six months of the application deadline. If you are awarded a postdoctoral grant, but fail to submit your PhD thesis within the given deadline, the grant will be annulled.

last modified Dec 21, 2015