10th October 2019.
The main focus is on junior researchers (up to 4 years of postdoctoral experience) working at the borders of neighbouring fields or disciplines. The ‘Freigeist’ initiative offers freedom for creative thinking, whilst at the same time providing security for at least 5 years and in the long run the opportunity to establish a career within a scientific research organization or university in Germany.
The initiative focuses on early-career researchers from all disciplines. The aim of the Foundation is to facilitate the implementation of extraordinary research projects and to make a substantial contribution to the establishment of dependable career paths for the upcoming generation of researchers.
Every year, 10 to 15 Freigeist Fellowships are awarded. The number of grants depends on the quality of the applications and the project match to the aims of the funding initiative.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
All disciplines are available:
- Administrative science.
- Argonmy and Forestry.
- Regional and Urban planning.
- Area Studies.
- Art History.
- Biochemistry / Biophysics.
- Business Studies.
- Communication and media studies.
- Computer sciences.
- Cultural Studies.
- Earth Sciences.
- Economic Sciences.
- Educational Studies.
- Engineering Sciences.
- Environmental sciences.
- Health Sciences.
- Higher Education Research.
- Non-European Languages and culture.
- Political Science.
- Religious Studies.
- Sports science.
- Veterinary Medicine.
- Other fields.
ALL WORLD COUNTRIES.
Up to eight years in two funding phases (5 + 3 years or 6 + 2 years).
- Their doctorate must have been obtained not longer than four years but at least one year previously (with regard to the date of the defense relative to the deadline of the initiative).
- The Fellowship must be integrated within a university or an extra-mural research institution in Germany.
- Candidates must already have changed their academic environment and moved to a new location – at the latest when starting the Fellowship. A return to the working context of the doctorate will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
- A previously completed research sojourn abroad, at the latest integrated in the proposed re-search project.
- Funding scheme is open to early-stage researchers of all nationalities.
- Type of funding: own position (head of junior research group):
depending on the nature of the project, up to 2.2 million euro for two funding phases up to 5 (+3) years or 6 (+2) years.
- Additional benefits: funding for communication of science and research; special family related benefits; additional funding for refugee scholars and scientists; training programs.
First Step: Create an account on the application system from here. Fill your personal information.
Second Step: Choose “Freigeist” Fellowships.
Fill the online application in English only.
(Applicants must complete the forms posted in the Electronic Application System, providing details on the applicant, the recipient of funds
(future host institution),title, project time schedule)
(binding declaration. There is also a form for the budget that has to be completed online)
Upload The following documents as attachments (pdf-files; in English unless otherwise specified) :
- Signature Sheet signed by the applicant (after completion of all forms posted in the Electronic).
- Cover letter including Self-Assessment: “Why Freigeist?“ (max. two pages).
- Summary of the project in German (max. one page).
- Summary of the project in English (max. one page).
- Illustrative and creative presentation of the project in layman’s terms, e.g. video, podcast,newspaper article etc. (max. 2 minutes/1 page).
(Advice: Please use CryptShare if you would like to submit a video or podcast. Please make sure to upload a PDF within the section “Newspaper Article” additionally (text “Video/Podcast sent by cryptshare”), otherwise the system blocks your submission).
- Project proposal (in sum not more than 15 pages, 12 pt, 1.5 lines) containing:
- Project description.
- Teaching concept.
- Reasons for choosing the host institution and description of research infrastructure.
- Details of cooperation partners.
- Information, if this or a similar application has been or will be sent to other funding organizations.
- Schematic working plan and time schedule.
- List of references/bibliography.
- Justification of budget (explanation for costs applied for) including host institution’s contribution.
- Where applicable, quotations for equipment costing more than 10,000 Euro (one pdf-file if possible).
- CV (including date of thesis defense or doctoral viva) and list of publications.
- Copy of doctoral degree award/PhD certificate.
- Binding declaration on the part of the host institution (English if possible).
- Optionally: up to three publications/manuscripts authored by the applicant (as separate PDF files).
For more information about the application form check the link.
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This Scholarship Published by:
” Hesham Galal / Egypt “
Reviewed by” Mustafa Abdelshafy/ Egypt ”
MARJ3 Scholarships team