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FAQ Internal Senior Fellowships



Who may apply?

The applicant must be a full-time professor (W2, W3, C3, C4) at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (ALU). Fellowships are offered to professors in the humanities and social sciences, including law, economy and behavioral sciences.


Application deadline?

There is currently no call for applications.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


How do I apply?

All applications in the form of one single PDF-file must be submitted electronically and sent to the FRIAS Executive Director, Prof. Bernd Kortmann, via

A complete proposal consists of:

  1. Application form
  2. Exposé of the planned research project – max. 6 pages inclusively references, in English or German.
  3. CV in tabular form (max. 2 pages)
  4. List of publications of the applicant (last 10 years only, highlighting the 5 most relevant publications for the project; max. 2 pages)

Formatting annexes 2-4: font Arial, 11 pt; line spacing 1.5; all margins 2.5 cm. Page limits may not be exceeded. Parts 1 – 4 are to be integrated in one pdf-file.


How are the applications evaluated?

Two expert reviews will be requested for each application. The reviewers will evaluate the applications according to the criteria specified in the application. A funding decision will be made by the FRIAS Scientific Advisory Board based on the applications and their reviews. The members of this commission are well renowned and exclusively external scientists.



When will a decision be made?

An announcement of the decisions made on the applications is expected by March 2016.


Are there specific research priorities?

As long as the applications represent the larger field of the humanities and social sciences, no. With the 2016/17 FRIAS Research Focus “Chemical Epigenetics” one emphasis of the Institute already is on the natural sciences. In order to maintain the Institute’s balance between the natural and life sciences (including medicine), on the one hand, and the humanities and social sciences, on the other hand, this call is for the latter field only.

Both disciplinary and 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. Applications which in a slightly modified form could also be submitted to customary third-party funding agencies such as DFG or BMBF will not be funded.


What possibilities are there to involve external researchers?

The involvement of external researchers is highly desirable.

Outstanding international researchers who are willing to spend at least three consecutive months at FRIAS can be encouraged to apply for an External Senior Fellowship through the FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP, Otherwise senior external researchers can involve themselves in projects as guest researchers for a variable duration and in a flexible manner.


What project funding can be applied for regarding the ISF´s faculty replacement?

Within the funding period of the academic year 2016/17 fellowships of 5 or 10 months are offered. Normally, partial teaching replacement (~50%) during the semester period will be financed up to 30.000 € by FRIAS for full-time ALU professors.



What options are possible for a replacement on a professorial level?

Part-time fellowships provide for a teaching release of ca. 50 % (generally 9 contact hours per week per 2 semesters). The teaching replacement may also concentrate on one semester.

The following options are available and, as agreed with the departments, will be supported through FRIAS funding of 30.000 €:

  1. 80% W2-replacement taking over 9 contact hours per week per semester (October – February or April - July).
  2. 50 % teaching load W2 for one semester, 50 % teaching load through teaching assignments for one semester
  3. Complete coverage of the teaching load through teaching assignments whereby the remaining difference to the maximum amount of 30.000 € may be used for additional scientific tasks.
  4. Replacement by a research assistant
    a. 100% E13: 9 contact hours per week for 5 months
    b. 50% E13: 9 contact hours per week for 10 months


Who is responsible for organizing the ISF professor substitution?

The applicant makes a recommendation and coordinates the decision with his department and Dean as well as with FRIAS. In all cases full and continued coverage of teaching responsibilities is to be guaranteed.


What type of consumables and how much can be applied for?

Consumables to a maximum of 300 €/month can be applied for. Consumables can be spent amongst other things for the following purposes:

  • Meetings, events, etc.,
  • General research requirements,
  • Student research assistants,
  • Costs related to Guest Researcher visits.


Will working space be provided for?

Yes. FRIAS will provide fully furnished offices for double occupancy, when possible from time to time single occupancy.


Which expectations does FRIAS have of fellows?

  • Minimum presence at FRIAS of 4 half-days per week,
  • Participation in FRIAS activities (e.g. interdisciplinary events, lunch lecture series),
  • Participation in the obligatory weekly lunch at FRIAS
  • Openness and willingness for exchange with other fellows of the institute,
  • Presentation of their research results within the framework of FRIAS events ( e.g. Dinner Speech, Colloquia),
  • Submission of a final report,
  • Naming FRIAS as an affiliation in publications.



What were the reasons for the rejection of applications in earlier rounds?

  • Failure to meet the application deadline.
  • The applications were incomplete or according to the reviewers were not significantly innovative.
  • The applications were suited to funding through the normal DFG-program.
  • The researchers who applied for funding could not provide sufficient evidence of excellent publications or other scientific results.


Why these FAQs (and the application form) are in English

FRIAS is a bi-lingual institute. In the sciences, English is the predominant language. In the humanities and social sciences, both English and German are in common use. Many foreign guests in the humanities and social sciences have an excellent command of German and enjoy practicing it here. FRIAS also supports foreign guests who wish to improve their German language skills while staying in Freiburg.

However, quite often, English is the language that is most widely spoken among participants in humanities and social sciences colloquia and conferences.

Applications for an ISF-fellowship may be submitted in English or German.



Contact for further questions:

Dr. Carsten Dose: / Tel. 0761 203 97404