The heatflow.fellowships are travel grants awarded to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. The fellowships are intended to improve the collaboration among heat-flow related scientists and to foster our community and its collaborative networks. Primarily, we support researchers who work on the assessment, extension and quality assurance of the IHFC Global Heat Flow Database.

Current and past fellows and their stories can be read here.

What we offer

  • The travel grants are awarded for research stays at the GFZ Potsdam for up to three months.
  • The travel grants contribute to the expenses for travel to and from your destination and lodging (e.g. student housing). Since we expect your home institution to continue to pay your salary, travel grants usually do not cover costs for living expenses, local travel during the stay, visa, or insurance.
  • For doctoral students and postdoc applicants from countries with comparable low incomes, additional funds for living costs may be granted. Please refer to FAQs for more information.

Who can apply

  • Applicants for the heatflow.fellowships must be experienced in heat-flow related projects. We also fund PhD students during their doctoral thesis as well as postdocs.

How we decide
Candidates to the heatflow.fellowships are selected by two criteria:

  1. Applicant's achievements to date
  2. Impact of their proposal to the assessment of the IHFC global heat flow database

Once the application is received, it is carefully examined by our staff. They check whether it fulfills the formal requirements and evaluate it according to the criteria listed above. The entire selection process takes about six weeks. We will inform the applicant immediately about our decision.

How to apply
The application for a travel grant consists of two parts:

  • Let us know who you are: (1) provide a motivation letter, (2) your cv (not more than one page), (3) a list of your publications / contributions (not more than one page), and (4) a reference letter (required for PhDs only)
  • Let us know what you want to achieve: provide a one-page proposal on the expected work, including your travel budget

Your application must be written in English. The submission deadlines are the 01st of September and 01st of March.

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Which nationalities are supported?
We support researchers from across the world. Currently, there are limitations to colleagues from Russia and Belorussia. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply, please contact us.

Can a travel grant be used across the world?
No. Til now, the grants support visits to the GFZ Potsdam. We hope to extend the program to other locations and heat-flow research institutions at a later stage.

How often does the heatflow.fellowship grant the same researcher?
You may be awarded more than one travel grant. However, within any 24-month period, only one travel grant will be awarded to the same researcher.

Is there an application deadline?
Applications for travel grants may be submitted twice a year. Submission deadline is the 1st of September and the 1st of March.

What is the procedure if the departure is postponed?
Please, send an email to informing us why the trip has to be postponed, and giving the new departure date.

Can I apply for additional funds if I am working in a country with low income?
Yes, you can apply for an additional 150 euros per month for living costs. Please use the letter to specify this and add these funds to the total amount you are applying for.

When and how is the money transferred?
Upon approval of the travel grant, we will contact you with detailed information.