The program is based on four pillars:
- the Leopoldina Postdoc Fellowship
- a follow-up funding phase after the fellowship has run out
- the returning fellow scholarship and
- a mentoring program
Each year, about 20 postdoc fellowships will be awarded to researchers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, who have already earned their PhDs, are active in the natural sciences or in medical research, and have already developed their own research profiles.