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FRIAS Fellowships for international researchers in 2022/23

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Call for applications:

FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP)

 Application deadline: September 3rd, 2021

 

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. 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 institute supports innovative research projects through individual and group fellowships.

 The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is offering

 

Individual FCFP fellowships for the academic year 2022/23

Up to 25 FCFP fellowships are available to researchers from all nationalities and disciplines.


  • Junior fellowships (completed PhD plus one to six years of post-doctoral experience)
(12-month fellowships between September 1st, 2022 and September 30th, 2023)


  • Senior fellowships (completed PhD plus a minimum of six years of post-doctoral experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position)
(3- to 10-month fellowships between September 1st, 2022 and September 30th, 2023)


Fellowships of 3 to 10 months in the Senior scheme and of 12 months in the Junior scheme may be applied for. They will allow researchers to conduct their own research projects. FRIAS offers the opportunity for FCFP Junior Fellows to prolong the fellowship for up to three months for secondments in and collaboration with non-academic partner institutions in Freiburg and the region. Junior Fellows must apply for this option eight months into their fellowship.

Selection Criteria

In general, all fellowships will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative research projects of top academic quality through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process (expected success rate: ~20% of eligible applications). The all-important selection criterion is the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal. Personal qualifications with regard to experience and capability to conduct the research project will also be taken into account during the evaluation of the applications.

Applications are welcome 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: https://uni-freiburg.de/research/research-profile/.

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.

Fellowship Funding

Successful applicants will become FRIAS fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period. Fellows without a work contract at their home institution will obtain an attractive salary (Junior: ca. 4.600 € per month pre-tax; Senior: W3-equivalent professorial salary, ca. 7.000 € per month pre-tax). Senior fellows who stay on paid leave of absence from their home institution during the time of the fellowship will instead receive an additional contract as a guest professor at the University of Freiburg (ca. 3.050 € per month pre-tax) to compensate them for the extra costs of their stay in Freiburg. Fellows accompanied by at least one child receive an additional monthly family allowance of 250 €. Each fellow will receive a research cost contribution (theoretical sciences: up to 450 € per month, experimental sciences: up to 1.050 € per month). All fellows will have at their disposal a budget for individual training, a travel allowance to cover the costs of the inbound and outbound journey and a mobility allowance to cover relocation costs.

Career guidance is offered to each Junior fellow. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.

The FCFP call for applications is co-financed by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, People, Co-funding of regional, national and international programs (COFUND)" and the State of Baden-Württemberg. The rules and ethical principles for Horizon 2020 and the state regulations apply.

The Marie S. Curie Actions pay particular attention to physical accessibility and inclusion of researchers and provide financial support by means of a Special Needs Lump Sum Allowance (SNLS) for recruited researchers with disabilities whose long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments are such that their participation in the FCFP would not be possible without extra financial support.

Application & Contact

Please upload the completed FCFP application form together with the required documents via the application portal for Senior fellowships (https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/fcfp-senior-fellowships)  or Junior fellowships (https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/fcfp-junior-fellowships) and submit the complete application by September 3rd, 2021; 24.00 h CET.

Information on the programme, the application and the selection process (required documents, guidelines on eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) is provided at: https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/de/foerderprogramme/cofund.

For further details please contact us at FRIAS via e-mail fcfp-fellowships@frias.uni-freiburg.de or by phone:

Dr. Katrin Brandt, Fellow Service, FRIAS: +49 761 203 97351