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FRIAS Senior Fellowship Programme 2025/26

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. The Institute supports academic exchange across existing boundaries: between disciplines, between different cultures and countries, between established and younger researchers. The Institute supports innovative research projects through individual and group fellowships.

FRIAS provides modern office spaces and an up-to-date infrastructure and makes every effort to provide tailor-made solutions with regard to suitable accommodation, child care and educational facilities. 

For the Academic Year 2025/26, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is offering 


Individual Senior Fellowships 

(3- to 8-month fellowships between September 1st, 2025 and August 31st, 2026)

Application Deadline: September 13, 2024, 13:00 H CET

The fellowships are available for researchers with completed PhD plus a minimum of eight years of post-doctoral experience.



    • Fellowships are available to researchers from any nationality based in Freiburg, Germany and abroad for 3 to 8 months between September 1st, 2025 and August 31st, 2026.
    • Depending on their situation, selected applicants will receive a fellowship contract with the University of Freiburg or other compensation (for details see “Financial Aspects” in the application manual)
    • Fellows receive a research cost contribution, a budget for individual training, a mobility allowance (if applicable) and travel costs of the inbound and the outbound journey (if applicable). 
    • Fellowships will allow researchers to conduct their own research projects. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.


    • Applicants must have a completed PhD plus a minimum of eight years of post-doctoral experience. 
    • 10 peer-reviewed publications since 1 January 2018
    • Applicants must have six months research or study experience at academic institution(s) in a country different from the country of their first academic degree by the time of application OR have received a Master/PhD in a country different from the country of their first academic degree.
    • 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: ~15% of eligible applications).
    • Applications are welcome from any discipline that can be supported at the University of Freiburg. FRIAS encourages applicant to learn more about the University of Freiburg’s profile of particular research strengths.


            Information on the candidate and project (abstract, layman’s abstract, motivation statement, ethical issue table) have to be filled into the online application form. Applicants are asked to provide a list of previously received grants and funding. Additionally, the following attachments are required to be uploaded to the application portal:

            1. Project proposal (max. 3000 words, 4 graphs) (PDF)
            2. CV in tabular form (PDF, template available in the application portal)
            3. Publication list (PDF): Please provide a list of publications that does not exceed 15 publications. 10 publications must be marked as peer-reviewed since January 1, 2018.
            4. Copy of the PhD diploma (PDF)
            5. Letter of support (PDF): only applicable to experimental scientists to identify a host laboratory in Freiburg where their research project can be carried out
            6. Experiment sketch and timetable (PDF): only applicable to experimental scientists, who are required to hand in a sketch and timetable of the experiments the applicant wishes to conduct in Freiburg.

            For further information about the programme and the application requirements, please consult the application manual


            Please upload the required documents via the application portal for Senior fellowships.

            For further details please contact us at FRIAS via .