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FAQ Internal Senior Fellowships

Who may apply?

The applicant must be a full-time professor (W2, W3, C3, C4) or an adjunct professor who predominantly focuses on research at the Albert-Ludwigs-University (ALU). Fellowships are offered to ALU professors in all disciplines.


When is the application deadline?

The deadline for the funding period October 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 was October 31, 2018 (Central European Summer Time, 0:00).

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


Whom may I contact for information when preparing my application?

Candidates preparing an application for an internal senior fellowship are encouraged to consult FRIAS as soon as possible.

Contact persons for this and for further questions concerning the programme are

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bernd Kortmann, 0761/203-97317, -3320
FRIAS Executive Director              

Dr. Britta Küst                     , 0761/203-97407
FRIAS Scientific Coordinator    


How do I apply?

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


A complete proposal consists of:

  1. Application form
  2. Exposé of the planned research project – max. 6 pages including 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. Parts 1 – 4 are to be integrated in one pdf-file. Page limits may not be exceeded. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


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 exclusively distinguished external scientists, all highly renowned in their respective fields experienced members of high calibre selection committees of national and international funding bodies and science organisations.


When will a decision be made?

An announcement of the decisions made on the applications is expected by the end of February 2019.


Are there specific research priorities?

There are no research priorities. Professors from all disciplines represented at the ALU may apply.

Both disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects are possible. Projects that can be supported may be of an exploratory nature (e.g. preliminary projects which are intended to lead to larger third-party funding) or of a concluding nature (e.g. leave of absence for the publication of research results gathered earlier). Applications which, in a slightly modified form, could also be submitted to customary third-party funding agencies such as DFG or BMBF stand no chance of being funded.


What possibilities are there for further funding at FRIAS?

FRIAS has recently announced the call for applications for Project Groups at FRIAS which are supposed to support scientific collaborations at an early stage. Hence, you may consider to apply for two FRIAS programmes at the same time, the internal Senior Fellowships and the Project Groups.


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 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 2019/20 fellowships of 10 months are offered. Normally, partial teaching replacement (~50%) during the semester period will be financed with an amount up to 27.000 € 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). Also possible is a full-time (100 %) teaching replacement in just one semester. 

The following options are available and, as agreed with the departments, will be supported through FRIAS funding of 27.000 €:

  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 27.000 € may be used for additional scientific tasks.
  4. Replacement by a research assistant
    1. 100 % E13: 9 contact hours per week for 5 months
    2. 50 % E13:  9 contact hours per week for 10 months


Who is responsible for organizing the ISF professor replacement? 

The applicant makes a recommendation and coordinates the decision with hers/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 four half-days per week or two full days,
  • Participation in FRIAS activities (e.g. interdisciplinary events, lunch lecture series),
  • Participation in the obligatory weekly lunch at FRIAS (Tuesday 12:30 h)
  • 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, not significantly innovative. 
  • The applications were suited to funding through the normal DFG programme. 
  • 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 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.



Last update: November 5, 2018