Travel grants  

Grants for conference travel, lab visits, exchange

We offer generous travel grants to those members of the postdoctoral program who are financed directly by M&B.
Travel grant application form (doc). For enquiries about our travel grants, please contact Annette Winkelmann, mb-manager-please remove this

In addition to the travel grants provided by M&B and/or advisors, postdoctoral researchers should have a look at the following additional funding opportunities for conference travel and lab visits. Some of the websites are in German, so please get help from other fellows if you cannot read German.


The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) has several programs offering travel grants and stipends to young researchers. Grants and stipends are aiming at facilitating mobility and scientific exchange and provide scientists early in their career an opportunity to attend FENS meetings, FENS training courses and schools.

NENS exchange grants
These stipends of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools (NENS) are intended for Master and doctoral students registered within NENS member schools or programs. The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is a NENS member.
Applicants are expected to spend a period of one to three months at a NENS member school of their choice in a different European country for the purpose of methodological training.
Stipends cover travel and accommodation costs of up to 2,000 EUR.
Application deadlines: 15 February, 15 June, 15 October

German Academic Exchange Servie (DAAD): Kongress- und Vortragsreisenprogramm (conference travel grants)

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The DAAD supports conference travel (apply 4 months in advance) and lecture tours (apply one month in advance).

Dr. Jost-Henkel-Stiftung

Among other forms of research funding, the Dr. Jost Henkel Foundation provides one-time payments, such as travel grants for doctoral candidates of all fields. Further information in German is available here.


The Fazit Stiftung offers travel grants for doctoral candidates. Further information in German is available here.

Minerva Stiftung

Minerva Short-Term Research Grants are available for all subject areas and are open to applicants from all research facilities (in Israel - public or governmental research institutes) and universities in Germany and Israel. Applicants should not be older than 38 years. Further information is available here.

Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds (BIF): Travel grants

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For junior researchers pursuing experimental projects in basic biomedical research. For further requirements please refer to "Who can apply?"


  • to learn clearly-defined methods useful for your ongoing research and the work of your research group at home by visiting another laboratory, or by attending research-orientated courses including practical training (the practical part has to cover at least 50% of the course);
  • to enable graduates from abroad and their potential PhD supervisors to evaluate the scientific and personal prerequisites before embarking on a PhD thesis. To this end, the graduate student shall pursue a short project in his/her potential PhD supervisor’s laboratory for at least 4 weeks.
This page last updated on: 11 May 2016