First call for the new Helmholtz Munich High Potentials Program

Early-career postdocs can now apply for the structured career development program to prepare for career paths in academia.

The Program in a Nutshell

Being a postdoc is not a career! While everyone is aware that postdocs are in transitional phase preparing for the next career steps, they often find it difficult to make time, organize & join qualification and training activities to prepare themselves in the best way possible for future applications and leadership roles. Given the high competition for advanced positions, planning your career strategically from an early stage on can make all the difference!

With the High Potentials Program (HPP), we introduce a new comprehensive program to support and train early-career postdocs at Helmholtz Munich to ensure that they are well-prepared for the next steps. The two-year training program is designed for early-career postdocs who are already conducting research at Helmholtz Munich and want to assume leadership positions in science in the future. During an annual call, all Helmholtz Munich postdocs who (1) completed their doctorate 0-3 years ago and (2) will ideally be able to join for the entire duration of the program are invited to submit an application. 10-12 fellows per year will be selected via a competitive selection process and have the opportunity to join the program.


The program will start in February/March 2023. The application portal for the High Potentials Program will open on October 6, 2022. Applications can be submitted until November 15, 2022. Please note that this includes uploading a letter of support by the respective PI before this deadline.

Info Meetings

To learn more about the program, join one of the info sessions:

For detailed information about the program, the eligibility criteria and the application documents, please check the comprehensive information on the High Potentials Program website.