Eligibility and Funding

  • a completed doctorate (the dissertation must be submitted and proof of this must be available by the application deadline)
  • the doctorate has been completed less than six years prior to the application deadline (starting with the date on the doctoral certificate)
  • candidates may not be German citizens
  • candidates may not have lived in Germany for more than 6 months within the 24 months prior to the application deadline


15 months (starting in April 2013)


The fellows will be employed via full employment contracts according to the current collective agreement for the public sector of Berlin, carrying social benefits such as pension and social security, but also subject to normal taxes. They will receive:

  • an annual net salary of approx. 22,700 to 29,400 Euro (depending on experience level and marital status)
  • a monthly mobility allowance of 200 Euro (subject to tax and social security contributions)
  • a one-off travel allowance of 500 to 2000 Euro (subject to tax and social security contributions and depending on the distance from place of residence to Berlin).
  • a monthly research allowance of 1200 Euro for lab-based projects or 300 Euro for non-lab-based projects
  • a fully funded intensive German course
  • a tailor-made professional development program delivered by Dahlem Research School.