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Travel Funding

The GGN awards travel grants for attending scientific events.

Members of the GGN can apply for travel grants to finance a trip to a scientific event.


Would you like to present your research work at a meeting or conference? Would you like to attend a congress or a summer school? Are you planning a reserach stay? Participation in scientific events is highly beneficial: You will collect (international) research experience, learn from leading experts, expand your personal network, get to know new methods and get a different perspective within your field of research.

The exchange with other researchers and the networking that takes place at scientific events is of central importance for young scientists. Sometimes it is not possible to finance such a trip with third-party funding. In such cases, the GGN can support its early career researchers with a travel grant of up to EUR 500.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to doctoral students and postdocs at JLU who are members of the GGN.

What is funded?

Expenses for traveling to conferences, meetings, congresses or symposia (with own contribution), a participation in summer schools or workshops as well as research stays longer than one week. The GGN will cover a maximum amount of EUR 500 of the total cost of the trip. The professorship or the institution to which the applicant belongs, or the applicant himself, must bear the additional costs incurred.

What needs to be submitted for application?

Please submit the following documents:

  • Reason for travel grant application (topic, description and objectives of the planned project)
  • Personal data sheet (cv)
  • Title and abstract of own contribution (if applicable)
  • Cost calculation
  • Declaration by the professorship or the institution the applicant is assigned to that it is not possible to adequately finance the planned trip from third-party funding.

When do the documents have to be submitted?

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the start of your travel and so that a decision can be made before cost-incurring obligations are entered into. Please send the necessary documents to the GGN office (Leihgesterner Weg 52, 35392 Gießen, ).

Who is deciding?

The Executive Board of the GGN.


  • As an employee of JLU, you have to submit a travel notification before the trip. If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of confirmation that the GGN will bear the costs as announced. After the trip, please send the application for reimbursement of travel expenses, including all original bills and receipts, the approved travel notification, the letter of confirmation and the confirmation of participation, directly to Department D.
  • Funding is limited to two trips per person per calendar year. The maximum total amount of funding per person is EUR 1500.

Dr. Katharina Wendlandt
GGN Office
Tel.: 0641 99 18300


On the initiative of the Dr. Herbert Stolzenberg Foundation and the Executive Board of the Justus Liebig University, the GGN is able to award prizes for the recognition of young scientists in the natural sciences.

On initiative of the Dr.-Herbert-Stolzenberg Foundation and the Executive Board of Justus Liebig University , the GGN granted three awards for supporting early career researchers in the natural sciences. The awards were endowed with € 1,000 each. They serve to honor young scientists at an early stage of their scientific careers who distinguish themselves through outstanding achievements in their field and exceptionally commitment to their discipline.

The winners of the Dr.-Herbert-Stolzenberg-Awards for outstanding achievements in the natural sciences:


Marcel Linka

Janis Kevin Eckhardt

Dr. Anton Windfelder


Experimental Psychology (FB06)

Institute for Theoretical Physics (FB07)

Experimental Radiology,

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME


Prof. Ben de Haas, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Jutta Billino (apl.)

Prof. Dr. Christian Heiliger Prof. Dr. Tina Trenczek

For his outstanding commitment to the connection between basic research and science communication, in particular his citizen science project " Millionen Augenblicke ".

For his excellent scientific work on future battery electrodes and the development of a network model to study impedance spectra of battery materials.

In recognition of the development of an alternative high-throughput screening system for the targeted characterization and non-invasive diagnosis of inflammatory changes in the gut of tobacco hawkmoth larvae and its unparalleled commitment to effectively process and make available its research results to the public.

The award ceremony took place on July 3, 2023 as part of the opening ceremony of the GGN.

The three award winners with the Executive Board of the GGN and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dr. Herbert Stolzenberg Foundation. From left to right: Prof. Dr. Katja Fiehler, Prof. Dr. Peter Klar, Dr. Stefanie Müller, Marcel Linka, Janis Kevin Eckhardt, Dr. Anton Windfelder, Prof. Dr. Hermann Wegner, Dr. Katharina Wendlandt Photo: Rolf K. Wegst

You can find the call for applications for the award 2022 here.

The application phase ended on April 14, 2023.We would like to thank all applicants for their outstanding submissions.