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Call for Applications: FRIAS Cofund Fellowship Programme (FCFP) 2015/16

Call for applications:

FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP)

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. The Institute supports innovative research projects through individual fellowships. It is at the centre of a very active research community and has since its creation in 2008 acquired an international reputation for academic excellence.


The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies announces the following

Individual FCFP fellowships for the academic year 2015/16


  • Junior fellowships (completed PhD plus initial – one to six years - post-doctoral experience)

(12 or 24 months fellowships between September 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016/17)


  • Senior fellowships (completed PhD plus a minimum of six years post-doctoral experience)

(3 to 12 months fellowships between September 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)


About 20 FCFP fellowships are available to researchers regardless of their nationality and field of research. According to the EU mobility rule, applicants may not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) or have had their main residence 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 especially encouraged to apply.

Fellowships of 3 to 12 months in the Senior scheme and of 12 months (humanities and social sciences) or up to 24 months (natural sciences, medicine, engineering) in the Junior scheme may be applied for. They will allow researchers to conduct their own research projects.

In general all fellowships will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative research projects of high academic quality. The determining selection criteria are the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal. Personal qualifications with regard to international expertise, leadership skills and interdisciplinary interest will also be taken into account during the evaluation of the applications.

Application is open to proposals from all disciplines that can be supported at the University of Freiburg.  Applicants are encouraged to learn about the University of Freiburg’s profile of particular research strengths ( as well as the FRIAS research focus of the academic year 2015/16 (“Membrane Trafficking in Ageing and Disease”).

Successful applicants will become FRIAS fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period. Each fellow will receive a mobility allowance and a research cost contribution (theoretical sciences: up to 450 € per month, experimental sciences: up to 1.050 € per month). Fellows without a work contract at their home institution will obtain an internationally attractive salary (Junior: E 13 TV-L, Senior: W3-equivalent professorial salary, more flexible regulations apply for applicants with continued work contracts at their home institution). A mentoring program is put in place for each Junior Fellow in her/his career development. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.

FRIAS unites research in the humanities and social sciences, the natural sciences, engineering and medicine. The Institute supports academic exchange across existing boundaries: between disciplines, between different cultures and countries, between established and younger researchers. Furthermore, FRIAS engages in activities opening the research community to society and politics. Fellows will be part of this community and profit from the lively research environment of the university and its eleven faculties.

The Institute provides its fellows with modern office space and an up-to-date infrastructure. Experimental scientists are encouraged to identify a host laboratory in Freiburg where their research project can be carried out prior to submission of the application. Accommodation is available through the university guest house and additional centrally located apartments. Fellows have full access to all library services from one of the leading German university libraries. Special attention is given to fellows who plan to come to Freiburg together with their families.

FRIAS lies geographically close to both France and Switzerland and actively takes advantage of the rich intellectual resources of this truly European region, with close research links to the universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France), including the “Joint Fellowship Programme Freiburg-Strasbourg”, a joint initiative between FRIAS and the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS).

The FCFP call for applications is co-financed by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – People” (co-funding of regional, national and international programs) and the State of Baden-Württemberg. The rules and ethical principles for the FP7 and the state regulations apply.


The completed FCFP application form together with the required documents has to be uploaded on the application webpage for Senior Fellowships ( or Junior Fellowships ( and submitted by October 15, 2014; 24.00 h CET.

Information on the application and selection process (required documents, guidelines on eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) is provided at:


More information on FRIAS is available at:

For further details please contact us at FRIAS under

By telephone: Dr. Katrin Brandt: +49 761 203 97351

Monday – Thursday: 10.00 – 12.00 (CET)