(To be expanded continuously if questions from potential applicants make us aware of topics that might be of interest to other applicants.)
- What does “contact details of two referees” mean?
- Are there any rules for the format of the project proposal?
Marie S. Curie FCFP fellowships are available to researchers regardless of their nationality and field of research. However, according to the EU mobility rule, applicants may not (a) have resided or (b) have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Germany for more than a total of 12 months during the 3-year period prior to the application deadline. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. Returnees from phases of international, inter-sectoral and/or non-academic mobility (such as researching outside Germany, working for industry or after a career break e.g. due to family reasons) are specifically encouraged to apply. All applicants are expected to provide proof of their particular academic achievements for the fellowship level sought (Senior or Junior).
There are two fellowship types:
a) External Senior Fellowship (ESF)
The applicant must hold a PhD plus a minimum of six years postdoctoral research experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position.
b) Junior Fellowship (JF)
Applications for Junior Fellowships are intended as temporary positions for young researchers. The applicant must hold a PhD plus one to six years post-doctoral experience at the time of the application deadline. (Time off for family or medical reasons or non-academic professional activities may be added to the six years.).
For each of the funding measures (ESF, JF) there is a separate application form including information regarding necessary enclosures.
The completed FCFP application form together with the required documents has to be uploaded on the application webpage for External Senior Fellowships or Junior Fellowships and submitted by September 15, 2016; 24.00 h CET.
Candidates apply exclusively through the online application portal. All required documents should be in pdf format. After submission of the documents applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
The following materials (in English) are required to submit the application:
Formatting: font Arial, 11 pt, line spacing 1.5, all margins 2.5 cm.
Page limits may not be exceeded.
Annexes 1 – 4 are to be included in one pdf-file.
1. Cover page (max. 1 page).
- Title, name (last, first), e-mail address, link to webpage (optional)
- Date of doctorate (PhD defense)
- Current institution (Name of institution/city/country)
- Research field
- Project title
- Envisaged period of research stay at FRIAS
- The two most important reasons for choosing FRIAS at the University of Freiburg as a host for the research project.
- Established contacts at Freiburg University (name, department; where applicable: host laboratory).
2. Project proposal (max. 6 pages).
The compulsory structure of the project proposal is as follows:
- Research field, title and short abstract of the research project.
- Aims, theoretical framework and methodology of the project.
- Work plan and feasibility (time schedule and projected costs).
- Innovative potential, originality and relevance of the project.
- Added value of conducting research at FRIAS and the University of Freiburg (both for the applicant and the local research community).
- Issues concerning research ethics.
In exceptional cases and only after consultation the exposé can be formulated in German or French.
3. CV in tabular form (max. 2 pages), incl. contact details of two referees (only in the junior scheme). For the compulsory structure of the CV please see the CV template.
4. Publication list (in the senior scheme: especially of the last ten years) highlighting the most important publications and the most important project-specific publications (max. 2 pages).
5. Completed ethical issues table (mandatory for all disciplines).
We do not accept applications submitted by email or surface mail.
If for reasons of any disabilities you encounter difficulties in submitting your on-line application, please contact the Institute by email or phone.
In case of technical problems, please contact the institute. If there are any technical difficulties in the last 3 days before the application deadline, the application process will be extended by 48 hours.
The selection of fellows under the Marie S. Curie FCFP is competitive and merit-based. The selection process is organized as a multi-stage procedure:
- Basic eligibility check.
- International peer-review by external referees.
- Information gathering concerning suitable support at Freiburg University (assessment of the applications regarding how they match Freiburg’s research landscape in order to guarantee the best possible support).
- Formal selection by the FRIAS international Scientific Advisory Board (SAB).
An announcement of the final decision made on the applications is expected by March 2017.
No. Application is open to proposals from all disciplines that can be supported at the University of Freiburg. Not only disciplinary but interdisciplinary projects are possible. Projects of an open nature (e.g. preliminary projects which are intended to lead to larger third-party funding) as well as those of a concluding nature (e.g. leave of absence for the publication of research results gathered earlier) can be supported within this funding period.
As an attractive, but strictly non-obligatory option, future fellows may consider the opportunity of being connected with the 12-month FRIAS research focus or with larger research clusters and centers at the university, where the University of Freiburg is particularly competitive on an international scale .
For a comprehensive list of excellence clusters, priority programs, research centers, collaborative research centers (SFBs), EU-projects, graduate schools and research training groups as well for further information on the 11 faculties and their research profile please consult: http://www.uni-freiburg.de/forschung-en.
An interest to be connected with one of the research areas of particular strengths can be indicated as part of the application.
Yes. FRIAS will provide fully furnished offices for double occupancy, when possible from time to time single occupancy. Experimental scientists are required to identify a host laboratory in Freiburg where their research project can be carried out prior to submission of the application.
The PhD is a prerequisite. To be eligible for a Marie S. Curie FCFP Junior fellowship the applicant must hold a PhD plus one to six years postdoctoral research experience at the time of the application deadline.
An applicant may apply for more than one MC fellowship programme at the same time. But it is very important to be aware that in the end he/she cannot benefit, at the same time, from more than one EU funding action.
The applicant does not need an academic host at the University of Freiburg. Nevertheless, experimental scientists are required to identify a host laboratory in Freiburg where their research project can be carried out prior to submission of the application.
A Marie S. Curie FCFP fellowship allows the researcher to conduct his/hers own research project. The determining selection criteria are the academic excellence of both the applicant and of the project proposal. Personal qualifications with regard to international expertise, leadership skills and interdisciplinary interest are also taken into account during the evaluation of the applications.
Fellowships should be conducted within the period between September 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.
According to the EU mobility rule, applicants (a) may not have resided or (b) have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than a total of 12 months during the 3-year period prior to the application deadline. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
Commuting from Germany to a place of employment abroad on a regular basis is thus not sufficient.
Main activity outside Germany is a crucial prerequisite. This regularly refers to a formal contract held with a research institution in a country other than Germany. Applicants need to provide documents upon request.
The mentioned research cost contribution is allocated per month.
FRIAS and the University of Freiburg offer fellows a range of non-scientific training and skills programmes (e.g. project management, leadership skills, presentation techniques, language courses). These are provided through a dedicated service unit of the university, the Freiburg Academy of Continuing Education (FRAUW), for language classes through the University’s Language Teaching Center (Sprachlehrinstitut, SLI), or through professional trainers commissioned by FRIAS.
In this context "referees" are understood as people who know the applicant (Junior scheme) and his/her scientific work, e.g. present/former supervisors/group leaders/employers, and who could be contacted for a recommendation.
The formatting is font Arial, 11 pt, line spacing 1.5, all margins 2.5 cm. Page limits may not be exceeded.
Yes, there is. Our FRIAS fellow support assists families in finding suitable accommodation in the Freiburg area considering their particular needs regarding price, size and location. Together with the University of Freiburg’s Family Service we provide information on the German system of child care and schools. Fellows are supported in finding appropriate child care facilities and in the process of enrolling their children at day-care centres, kindergarten and schools. Every effort is made to provide individually adapted solutions when general options are not suitable.