DFF-MOBILEX Mobility Grants in the Humanities and Social Sciences

In order to facilitate more career paths in Danish research and increase the mobility in Danish research environments, DFF funds mobility grants to enable researchers who are in the beginning of their research careers to carry out research projects based on their own scientific interests, at research institutions in Denmark as well as abroad.

DFF–MOBILEX mobility grants are awarded for a period of 24 months. In 2016, up to 16 grants will be available.


Contrary to DFF Individual Postdoctoral Grant you must, at the application deadline, have obtained a PhD degree. Alternatively you must have acquired qualifications equivalent to a PhD-degree through a minimum of 4 years’ full time experience as a researcher. As applicants are expected to be at the beginning of their research careers, previous research results will be assessed with consideration to the applicant’s career path and the scientific challenges of the project applied for. To be considered for a mobility grant, the applicant must not, within the last 3 years before the application deadline, have stayed (i.e. studied or worked) for more than a total of 12 months in the country where the project will be carried out.

There are no specific requirements concerning the applicants’ citizenship.


As a basis for the application, the applicant must be affiliated to a Danish research institution, which will serve as the applicant’s place of employment in connection with a grant. The following combinations may form the basis for applying for a MOBILEX mobility grant:

  • A researcher employed at a Danish research institution may apply for support for a project to be carried out at a research institution outside of Denmark.
  • A researcher employed at a research institution outside of Denmark may apply for support for a project to be carried out at a Danish research institution. If a grant is awarded, the applicant will be employed at the Danish institution for the project period, provided that leave or a similar arrangement has been agreed with the foreign institution. DFF will not grant funding to cover workload reductions in relation to assignments from which the researcher wishes to be exempt at his/her foreign institution.
  • Researchers with no permanent tenure may apply for funding for a project at a research institution outside of Denmark, and be employed at a Danish research institution if a grant is awarded.
  • Researchers with no permanent tenure may apply for funding for a project at a Danish institution, and be employed at that institution in the case of a grant.

Recipients of a DFF-Mobilex mobility grant must work as an employee at the designated host institution. Thus, the host institution will be the grantees daily, physical workplace.


A DFF–MOBILEX mobility grant may cover the following expenses in relation to the project:

  • Salary expenses for the applicant;
  • Operating expenses, including living and transportation expenses (e.g. moving expenses incurred in the case of applicants who do not already reside in the country where the proposed project is based/to be carried out)
  • as well as expenses for equipment;
  • Overhead for the employing institution. You cannot apply for overhead for foreign institutions under this instrument.
Application date
28 Apr 2016
24 months
Europe Denmark
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History History & Philosophy of Science Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 9 years
Grants available