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FAQ - Third Joint Call for Fellowship Proposals FRIAS and USIAS


1. How do I apply?

2. Who may apply?

3. How are the aaplications evaluated?

4. When will a decision be made?

5. What is the status of the PIs?

6. Do fellowships need to start on 1 September 2017?

7. What could the collaboration between Strasbourg and Freiburg look like?

8. What makes a project suitable for the joint fellowship programme?

9. What are the aims of the programme and the results expected?

10. What does the programme offer for junior researchers?

11. Where does the post-doc work?

12. How is the project administered?

13. What can the budget be used for?

1.       How do I apply?

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal of maximum 6 pages (incl. references, line-spacing 1.5, font Arial, 11 pt) and full CVs for each member of the research group, using an online form:
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017.
Researchers interested in applying are strongly advised to contact either one of the institutes prior to filing their application, preferably by 15 December 2016.


2.       Who may apply?

The call is directed at researchers of the two universities with substantial research experience. An application must comprise at least one principal investigator from Strasbourg and one from Freiburg. Applicants from Strasbourg should have a tenured position at the level of “chargé de recherche” or “maître de conference” or higher. Applicants from Freiburg should hold a professorship, a junior professorship with tenure option or another permanent academic position. Applicants need to hold a position at their respective university for the full duration of the project. Former recipients of the joint call programme cannot reapply for three years after the end of their previous project.

3.       How are the applications evaluated?

The proposals are subjected to international peer review. All reviewers will be from outside Freiburg and Strasbourg. Final decisions will be made by a committee jointly assembled by both institutes, including senior researchers from France, Germany as well as from other countries.
Selection criteria are the academic excellence of the applicants, the originality and quality of the project (in terms of topic, perspective, methodology) and the contribution to the strategic alliance between the universities.

4.       When will a decision be made?

An announcement of the final decision made on the applications is expected by the end of April 2017.

5.       What is the status of the PIs?

Upon selection, both PIs become fellows at both institutes (USIAS/FRIAS) for the duration of the project. They are expected to take part in the home institute’s activities, e. g. seminars, social events (optionally also vice versa).

6.       Do fellowships need to start on 1 September 2017?

The joint FRIAS-USIAS projects should start no later than October 2017.

7.       What could the collaboration between Strasbourg and Freiburg look like?

The fellows are located at their own institute. However, they are collaborating in person in an active and direct way, e. g. they meet regularly alternating between Strasbourg and Freiburg.
The fellows are encouraged to spend a significant time of the project period together. This could take on different forms. Teams could opt for regular meetings (bi-weekly or monthly), but longer guest stays of one fellow at the other university are also an option (the institutes will provide organisational support, i.e. accommodation).
Further joint activities could be: organisation of joint workshops and conferences, presentation of the project in the research seminar of the institutes, integration of students from both locations into the project/ jointly organised special courses for advanced students and of course joint publications. The PIs are requested to detail plans for collaboration as part of their application.
It is possible to include a post-doc position in the collaboration provided that there is a clear rationale for this within the project, and on condition that the post-doc is truly shared between Freiburg and Strasbourg, e.g. through a change of the place of work or residence within the project period. The post-doc position should normally be advertised internationally. The candidate can be either employed by Strasbourg or by Freiburg. The fellows are responsible for coordinating and mentoring the post-doc research in France and Germany against targets and for planning future work.
Projects are encouraged to invite guest researchers who can bring in additional expertise. Stays from a few days to several weeks can be supported through the project. The two institutes will lend organisational support.

8.       What makes a project suitable for the joint fellowship programme?

The programme is open for projects in all academic disciplines and domains represented at both universities with challenging and innovative ideas of high academic quality. Both newly initiated as well as already existing collaborations may be funded to strengthen cross-border cooperations in all fields of research. Suitable projects are characterised through a common research question and an innovative combination of strategies, academic methods, experimental techniques and equipment from both universities.

9.       What are the aims of the programme and the results expected?

The programme is part of the European Campus strategy of the two universities (with the universities of Basel, Mulhouse and Karlsruhe also being part of the European campus initiative). It is supposed to serve as a platform for networking between the universities of Strasbourg and Freiburg and therewith to enhance the academic visibility of the Upper-Rhine region. The joint research groups Freiburg/Strasbourg are expected to contribute substantially to the ever closer collaboration between the two universities, as such research cooperation forms the basis for manifold other joint activities in research, education and support of junior researchers.

The joint projects are expected to result in sustainable research collaborations, common publications authored by the project members, joint applications for additional third-party funding, joint teaching activities and alike.

10.   What does the programme offer for junior researchers?

The successful groups will receive funding for a two-year Post-doc position. Post-docs in these positions will have the opportunity to work with the two fellows at both universities. Both fellows will be providing mentoring and academic support. Travel between Freiburg and Strasbourg is supported. These Post-doc positions will be recruited under the responsibility of the successful applicants.

11.   Where does the post-doc work?

The post-doc is employed either at Strasbourg or Freiburg University and may be located either in Strasbourg or in Freiburg according to where his/her work in progress is taking place. Commuting costs between both locations incl. guest room for max. two nights per week can be covered through the project.

12.   How is the project administered?

The fellows are considered as a joint group with a joint budget. The projects are jointly administrated by both institutes.
The funding is partly located in Freiburg and partly in Strasbourg, according to the needs of the project. The fellow based in Strasbourg is responsible for the management of the budget in Strasbourg; the fellow based in Freiburg is responsible for the budget in Freiburg. However, important matters need to be discussed and decided jointly. The fellows spend the respective budgets in agreement with their partner fellow. In case of differences in views on expenditures, the two institutes FRIAS and USIAS adjudicate.

13.   What can the budget be used for?

The budget can be used for:

  • Project costs, e.g. consumables, equipment, travelling (between the two universities and elsewhere if needed for the project), and for organising workshops, conferences, dissemination activities.
  • A Post-doc position for 24 months (estimated at 60.000 € per year for employment in Freiburg, 50.000 € per year in Strasbourg (with more or less equivalent net-income for the Postdoc!).
  • A teaching reduction of up to 50 % for a two-year period. The budget implications of teaching reduction will be discussed with the applicants in case of selection.

The final budget plan will be determined together with the successful applicants upon selection and fixed in a Grant Letter.