Supporting Postdoctoral Students and Assistant Professors The Daimler and Benz Foundation Scholarship Program.
The goal of the program is to strengthen the autonomy of our next generaton of academics as well as helping committed researchers get a smooth start on their career path during the productive phase after their dissertation. The Scholarship program targets young researchers who have received their PhDs and are in the early phases of their postdoctoral career. The scholarship is open to all areas of study and topics. The only requirement is that the applicant have a research proposal and a formal connection to a research institute in Germany
Who May Apply?
The grants serve to support postdoctoral students at German research institutes, primarily assistant professors or researchers in similar positions, as, for example, self-employed heads of young academic research groups. Candidates must be in the early phases of their research career. The Foundation knowingly refuses to formulate a specific definition of “early phases” since the time period will be dependent on the academic field and can be evaluated in differing ways. Nonetheless it should be clear from the application that the applicant has consciously decided to pursue a research career and is actively pursuing this goal.
Applicants can only apply for a grant for their own research project. It can either be for an expansion of an already running research project or a completely new project.
The Foundation hosts meetings at regular intervals in order to encourage exchanges between the grant recipients and to foster contact with the Foundation. Willingness to participate in these events is a prerequisite for obtaining a grant.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1. Proof of affiliation with a research institute for the entire length of the scholarship (for example, written confirmation from the institute’s head).
2. Title and short description of the research project suitable for academic evaluation including particulars on the planned methodology (four DIN-A4-pages maximum, including bibliography).
3. Short description of the research project suitable for a general audience (one page maximum).
4. Approximate timetable for the project including general information about the planned use of scholarship funds (two pages maximum).
5. Résumé complete with the applicant’s academic career (including publications, grants, prizes, etc.).
6. Copies of all academic degrees (provisional copies are not acceptable); for foreign degrees please include a certified German or English translation.
7. Two confidential letters of recommendation containing commentary not only about the applicant but also about her/his proposed project. The letters of recommendation must be written on the official stationery of the institution at which the letter writer works. Informal and unsigned letters or recommendations will not be considered.
Applications can be written in either German or English. Submission, including the confidential letters of recommendation, must be completed by midnight on October 1, 2017. Applications can be submitted to the online application portal (www.daimler-benz-stiftung.de) or in writing. The font size must be at least 11 points. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered – the postal cancellation date is irrelevant.
If the application is submitted in writing, it should be organized in the order listed above. Pages should be printed single-sided and no paper clips, folders, or binders should be used.
Please make sure that written applications are mailed to the proper address.
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