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Call for Applications: FRIAS Junior Fellowships 2016/17

Call for applications

The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) offers

Five Junior Fellowships

for Junior Researchers at the University of Freiburg
for the Academic Year 2016/17


Application deadline: October 31, 2015, 24 h CET

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FRIAS supports the complete spectrum of research activities at the University of Freiburg and welcomes applications for the academic year 2016/17 from its outstanding junior researchers. The aim of this funding programme is to support young, top level Freiburg scientists at the postdoctoral stage and to include them in international networks.

Junior fellowships are held for ten months from October 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017.

The successful applicants will become FRIAS Junior Fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period.  They will be released from all their teaching duties by the Rectorate. The details of their teaching replacement will be discussed with the relevant faculty and institute and will be supported through FRIAS funding of 16,000 € for 4 contact hours per week per semester. The teaching replacement of junior professors with a teaching load of 6 contact hours per week per semester will be funded with up to 20.000 €. Furthermore, Junior Fellows will be granted a research cost contribution of 5,000 €. Full-time presence at FRIAS is expected of all fellows, i.e. four full-time working days per week.

Eligible for application are junior researchers after completion of their PhD

a)    who hold a temporary state position at the University of Freiburg for the duration of the entire funding period (October 2016 to July 2017), or

b)    who finance their own position through third-party funding raised by themselves (again throughout the period from October 2016 until July 2017).

Junior researchers on other third-party funded positions or with a contract duration not spanning the entire funding period are not eligible within this funding programme.

Fellowships will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative project proposals of high academic quality. The competition is open to both “start-up” projects (e.g. developing new fields of investigation and/or in preparation for an application for independent external funding) and “completion” projects (e.g. aiming for the successful conclusion of an ongoing research project). Key selection criteria are the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal.



Please submit applications online online (

The application can only be submitted after consultation and in agreement with the direct supervisor (Dienstvorgesetze/r).

Further information on the required documents as well as the online application form (available from early March onwards) can be found at:


For further details please contact: