DRS Postdoctoral Fellowships for International Applicants at Free University of Berlin in Germany, 2015-2016

The Dahlem Research School is inviting applications for 20 postdoctoral fellowships to conduct research project at Free University of Berlin. Each research fellowship will be awarded for 18 months starting in November 2015. The call is open to postdoctoral researchers of all disciplines and all nationalities who hold a doctoral degree. Female postdoctoral researchers and returnees from phases of international, inter-sectoral and/or non-academic mobility are specifically encouraged to apply. Applications should be submitted online till 13 March 2015.

Study Subject (s): Fellowships are awarded in the research fields/ key topics (Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural and Life Sciences) of the participating Excellence Projects or Focus Areas at the Free University of Berlin.
Course Level: Fellowships are awarded for postdoctoral candidates to pursue research at the Free University of Berlin.
Scholarship Provider: The Dahlem Research School’s Postdoc Fellowship Program – co-financed by the German Excellence Initiative and the Marie Curie Program of the European Commission
Scholarship can be taken at: Germany

Eligibility: The call is open to postdoctoral researchers of all disciplines and all nationalities who
-hold a doctoral degree (the dissertation must be submitted and proof must be available by the application deadline)
-completed their doctoral degree no longer than 6 years before the deadline (starting with the date on the doctoral certificate)
-have not lived in Germany for longer than 12 months during the last 36 months before the deadline
-Female postdoctoral researchers and returnees from phases of international, inter-sectoral and/or non-academic mobility (such as researching outside Germany, working for industry or after a career break e.g. due to family reasons) are specifically encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Applicants of all nationalities can apply for these postdoctoral fellowships.

Scholarship Description: The Dahlem Research School’s Postdoc Fellowship Program-co-financed by the German Excellence The Dahlem Research SchoolInitiative and the Marie Curie Program of the European Commission–provides funding for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines to conduct their own research project at Free University of Berlin. The aim is to support highly-qualified postdoctoral researchers who are outstanding in their field and to integrate them into one of the university’s research groups in an early phase of their career. The program is designed to promote further the academic career development through research funding, a tailored qualification program and the opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills. The program furthermore provides essential professional guidance on preparing grant proposals to support DRS fellows in obtaining funding for follow-up research projects at the Free University of Berlin.

Number of award(s): Dahlem Research School offers 20 incoming postdoctoral fellowships.

Duration of award(s): Starting in November 2015, each research fellowship will be awarded for 18 months.

What does it cover?
-An employment contract at level TV-L FU E13 (which refers to the collective agreement for the public area of Berlin and translates into an annual net salary of approx. 26.500 to 34.400 Euro, depending on previous work experience and marital status)
-Social security and health insurance included
-A total research allowance for the duration of the project of 10.800 Euro for non lab-based/ 16.200 Euro for field trip-based/ 21.600 Euro for lab-based projects
-A monthly mobility allowance of 200 Euro and a one-time travel allowance
-A fully funded intensive German course
-A tailored qualification program and access to the Professional Development Program delivered by Dahlem Research School.

Selection Criteria: Fellows are selected in a four-step procedure:
-Feasibility screening
-International peer review
-Structured interviews
-Approval by the university’s Executive Board

Notification: Each phase must be passed successfully to proceed to the next. Candidates will receive an identification code which will allow anonymized results of each selection phase to be published on a secure website. After completion of each phase, applicants will be notified by e-mail each time new results are announced. Final Decision and notification of successful candidates will be in August.

How to Apply: To apply, please register with the DRS online application platform. Once registered, please fill out the online application form and upload all required documents.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 13 March 2015. Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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