Fellowship - Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies COFUND Programme in Germany

Publish Date: Jul 21, 2015

Deadline: Sep 30, 2015

About COFUND Fellowship Programme

The University of Freiburg, one of the strongest research universities in Germany and member of LERU (the League of European Research Universities), offers a fellowship programme, the Marie S. Curie “FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP)”. About 20 incoming or reintegration fellows per year (juniors and seniors) from all disciplines are given the opportunity of spending three to twelve months working on their own research project at the university’s research college, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). The university welcomes top researchers from abroad to give their input to its scholarly community, both in terms of research expertise and benefitting the university’s vibrant research culture and diversity.

The current call invites applications for fellowships for the academic year 2016/17. Application deadline is September 30, 2015. Further annual calls will follow. Successful applicants will conduct their fellowship between September 2016 and September 2017.

Since its inauguration in 2008, more than 350 fellows have stayed at FRIAS. The Institute supports internationally outstanding researchers with academically excellent and innovative research projects through individual or group fellowships. FRIAS unites research in the humanities and social sciences, the natural and life sciences, engineering and medicine. Both the University of Freiburg and FRIAS take pride in a specific institutional culture that encourages and supports exchange and collaboration. It is the philosophy of FRIAS to support the career development of its fellows by integrating them into ambitious research communities here in Freiburg, as well as by supporting the international network of FRIAS fellows and alumni.

The Marie S. Curie FCFP is intended for current or future leaders in their fields. The fellowships are awarded through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process (success rate in the application round 2015/16: 12 %). Applications are invited from academics of all nationalities. Note, however, that during the 3-year period prior to the application deadline, 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.  Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

For the fellows, the programme offers outstanding research opportunities, not only in the research environment of an internationally highly competitive university, but also with the added advantage of being part of a community of fellows from different disciplines at FRIAS. Furthermore, they receive support for research mobility and become more familiar with the German and Upper Rhine research landscapes, thus enhancing their opportunities for continuing their career in the heart of Europe.

The Marie S. Curie FCFP is co-financed by the European Union through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, People, Co-funding of regional, national and international programs (COFUND)" and the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The rules and ethical principles for the FP7 and the state regulations apply.

Call for applications:

FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP)

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

Individual FCFP fellowships for the academic year 2016/17

  • Junior fellowships (completed PhD plus one to six years of post-doctoral experience)

(12 months fellowships between September 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017)

  • 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 months fellowships between September 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017)

About 25 FCFP fellowships are available to researchers regardless of their nationality and field of research. According to the EU mobility rule, applicants may not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) or have had their main residence 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. Returnees from phases of international, inter-sectoral and/or non-academic mobility (such as researchstays outside of Germany, working for industry, or after a career break e.g. due to family reasons) are especially encouraged to apply.

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.

In general all fellowships will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative research projects of high academic quality. The determining selection criteria are the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal. Personal qualifications with regard to international expertise, leadership skills and interdisciplinary interest 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 (www.uni-freiburg.de/forschung-en) as well as the FRIAS research focus of the academic year 2016/17 (“Chemical Epigenetics”).

Successful applicants will become FRIAS fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period. Each fellow will receive a mobility allowance and a research cost contribution (theoretical sciences: up to 450 € per month, experimental sciences: up to 1.050 € per month). Fellows without a work contract at their home institution will obtain an internationally attractive salary (Junior: E 13 TV-L, Senior: W3-equivalent professorial salary). Senior fellows who stay on paid leave of absence from their home institution during the time of the fellowship will be provided with an additional living allowance of 1.000 €/month to cover extra costs resulting from the fellowship stay in Freiburg. A mentoring program is put in place for each Junior Fellow in her/his career development. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.

FRIAS unites research in the humanities and social sciences, the natural and life sciences, engineering, and medicine. The Institute supports academic exchange across existing boundaries: between disciplines, between different cultures and countries, between established and younger researchers. Furthermore, FRIAS engages in activities opening the research community to society and politics. Fellows will be part of this community and profit from the lively research environment of the university and its eleven faculties.

The Institute provides its fellows with modern office space and an up-to-date infrastructure. Experimental scientists are encouraged to identify a host laboratory in Freiburg where their research project can be carried out prior to submission of the application. Accommodation is available through the university guest house and additional centrally located apartments. Fellows have full access to all library services from one of the leading German university libraries. Special attention is given to fellows who plan to come to Freiburg together with their families.

FRIAS lies geographically close to both France and Switzerland and actively takes advantage of the rich intellectual resources of this truly European region, with close research links to the universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France), including the “Joint Fellowship Programme Freiburg-Strasbourg”, a joint initiative between FRIAS and the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS).

The FCFP call for applications is co-financed by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – People” (co-funding of regional, national and international programs) and the State of Baden-Württemberg. The rules and ethical principles for the FP7 and the state regulations apply.

The completed FCFP application form together with the required documents has to be uploaded on the application webpage for Senior Fellowships (https://frias.wufoo.eu/forms/fcfp-external-senior-fellowship-201617/) or Junior Fellowships (https://frias.wufoo.eu/forms/fcfp-junior-fellowships-201617/) and submitted by September 30, 2015; 24.00 h CET.

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

More information on FRIAS is available at: www.frias.uni-freiburg.de.

For further details please contact us at FRIAS under


By telephone: Dr. Katrin Brandt: +49 761 203 97351

Monday – Thursday: 10.00 – 12.00 (CET)

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