RWTH Junior Principal Investigator Fellowships


RWTH is inviting excellent and experienced early career researchers to apply for 6 Junior Principal Investigator (JPI) fellowships.

Support will be provided for a period of four years, with an optional fifth year. The program is designed to attract and support stellar researchers with international experience. Applications from women as well as others whose background and experience enrich the culture of the university are particularly encouraged.


Vice-Rector Prof. Sabine Brück-Dürkop © Copyright: Martin Braun


Sabine Brück-Dürkop

Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development


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The fellowships offer early-career high-potential researchers an exceptional opportunity to sharpen their research profile. The experience is designed to prepare them for success in highly competitive grant programs as well as to enhance their career prospects of becoming a professor.

  • JPIs will have the chance to develop a T-shaped profile, build strong networks, shape emerging fields and produce high-impact publications.
  • JPIs are expected to take advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the University’s Profile Areas and strategic alliances.
  • JPIs are expected to help foster new interdisciplinary collaborations.

Although the fellowships are awarded based on an open call for proposals, JPIs will be associated with a specific RWTH institute or Profile Area and are expected to establish a strong presence there.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Completed doctoral degree within the last 3 years before application deadline (subject-specific exceptions e.g. for candidates with clinical specialisation)
  • Strong academic record including publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited lectures, conference presentations, and research awards
  • At least two years of research experience outside of Germany after graduation (during doctoral and/or post-doctoral period)
  • Eligible candidates must have identified a host institute or Profile Area at RWTH for their research activities. Contact information for the Profile Areas can be found under RWTH Profile Areas.

What We Offer

  • Successful candidates will be employed as junior research group leaders (full position, pay grade TV-L 14)
  • Additional funding for one full-time doctoral candidate and a research budget for consumables
  • Opportunity to supervise doctoral candidates
  • Mentoring and career development support through the University’s Advanced Talents Hub offered by the RWTH Center for Young Academics
  • Access to the shared cutting-edge research infrastructure in the respective Profile Area
  • General RWTH services including access to child care and other resources offered by the Family Services Center.


The fellowship will be awarded for a period of four years, with an optional fifth year.


How to Apply

The Call for applications of RWTH JPI Fellowships 2023 has closed on February 21, 2023.



All proposals meeting the formal requirements were evaluated by the Rectorate, selected RWTH faculty members, and external reviewers. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews and requested to give a presentation at a virtual symposium at the end of August 2023.

The following timeline applies:

  • Applications are accepted between December 16, 2022 and February 21, 2023 via the ERS online portal
  • Call: Junior Principal Investigator Fellowships 2023
  • June 2023: Decisions on the next stage of interviews will be
  • sent out
  • August 30 and 31, 2023: Interviews will take place
  • October 2023: Final decisions are made
  • January 2024: Start of fellowships
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