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Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedure

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible, candidates must fulfill all of (1) the formal eligibility criteria and (2) the basic academic quality criteria.

1. Formal eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree at the time of the application deadline;
    • Junior scheme: completed PhD plus one to six years post-doctoral experience at the time of the application deadline (Time off for family or medical reasons or non-academic professional activities is not counted towards these six years, the effective elapsed time is calculated in accordance with the ERC Standard Eligibility Conditions)
    • Senior scheme: completed PhD plus a minimum of six years post-doctoral research experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position at the time of the application deadline.

  • Mobility rule: Researchers from all countries are eligible for the Marie S. Curie FCFP; however, applicants may not have resided or have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Germany for more than  12 months in the 3 years immediately preceding the call deadline. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

  • Applicants must submit the complete application dossier by the specified deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Formatting rules have to be observed. Page limits may not be exceeded.

  • The proposal must meet the standards of academic English in international research.

  •  Applicants must propose a research project that can be supported at the University of Freiburg (refers to infrastructural, technical and laboratory requirements, especially in the experimental sciences). Prior to submission of the application, experimental scientists are required to identify a host laboratory in Freiburg where their research project can be carried out.

  • The research project must not be engaged with topics that are excluded from EU funding due to ethical issues.


2.  Basic academic quality criteria

Minimum requirements for publication record:

Natural sciences/medicine/engineering:

  • Junior scheme: 3 publications since 1 January 2018
  • Senior scheme: 10 publications since 1 January 2016

listed in Web of Knowledge (Thomson Reuters).

Humanities and social sciences:

  • Junior scheme: 5 publications since 1 January 2018
  • Senior scheme: 10 publications since 1 January 2016

in peer-reviewed, internationally recognised journals, or chapters in peer-reviewed edited volumes, or peer-reviewed monographs. Peer-reviewed monographs are counted as three publications.

Textbooks, reprints, book reviews and editorial publications as well as submitted manuscripts not accepted for publication before the application deadline do not count. Proof of acceptance is required for accepted manuscripts. Time off for family, medical reasons or non-academic professional activities will not be counted as part of the relevant period (the effective elapsed time is calculated in accordance with the ERC Standard Eligibility Conditions).

Applicants from the disciplines mathematics and engineering may request to be exempted from this requirement but must then provide additional evidence that their research output is high. A decision concerning such a request will be taken on an individual basis.

Minimum requirements regarding the international mobility of the candidate:

Depending on the length of career, the applicant’s development as evidenced by the CV should meet today’s standards of international mobility or indicate some other sign of international involvement.

  • Junior scheme: The applicant must have undertaken at least one academic stay of minimally two months duration abroad during the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral or postdoctoral phase.
  • Senior scheme: The applicant must have spent at least two international research stays (each of at least two months duration) at international institutions during or after the doctoral phase.


Requirements regarding the internationality of the project

The project should not be of local interest only, but should have sufficient potential for international transfer.

There is no age limit for applying to the Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme although the candidates’ achievements should be in line with their “academic age”.


Application Materials

Candidates apply exclusively through the online application portal.

Applicants complete and submit the application form. After sending the application form they need to register. After registration they can edit the application form, upload the required annexes as detailed below and complete the ethical issues questionnaire. All required documents should be in pdf format. After final submission of the documents the applicants will receive an acknowledgement of receipt . To view the application data and documents the applicants log in their application portal account.

The following materials (in English) are required to submit the application:

Formatting:   font Arial, 11 pt, line spacing 1.5, all margins 2.5 cm.

Page limits may not be exceeded.

All required documents should be in pdf format.

Cover page (max. 1 page).

  1. Title, name (last, first), e-mail address, link to webpage (optional)
  2. Date of doctorate (PhD defense)
  3. Current institution (Name of institution/city/country)
  4. Research field
  5. Project title
  6. Envisaged period of research stay at FRIAS (ESF only)
  7. The two most important reasons for choosing FRIAS at the University of Freiburg as a host for the research project.
  8. Established contacts at Freiburg University (name, department; where applicable: host laboratory).

2. Project proposal (max. 6 pages). 

The compulsory structure of the project proposal is as follows:

  1. Research field, title and short abstract of the research project.
  2. Aims, theoretical framework and methodology of the project.
  3. Work plan and feasibility (time schedule and projected costs).
  4. Innovative potential, originality and relevance of the project.
  5. Added value of conducting research at FRIAS and the University of Freiburg (both for the applicant and the local research community).
  6. Issues concerning research ethics.
  7. Bibliographical references.

In exceptional cases and only after consultation the project proposal can be formulated in German or French.

3. CV in tabular form (max. 2 pages), incl. contact details of two referees (only in the junior scheme).

For the compulsory structure of the CV please use the CV template you can download in the applicant’s account.

4. Publication list (in the senior scheme: especially of the last ten years) highlighting the most important publications and the most important project-specific publications (max. 2 pages).

5. Completed ethical issues table (questionnaire in the applicant’s account, mandatory for all disciplines).


We do not accept applications submitted by email or mail.


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