Dahlem Research School at Freie Universität Berlin has established a research fellowship program to provide funding for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities to conduct their own research project at Freie Universität Berlin. Until 2016 the program has supported 86 highly-qualified postdoctoral researchers early in their career and integrated them into one of the universities' Excellence Projects or Focus Areas.
The DRS POINT Program is funded by the German Research Foundation and the European Commission.
The aim of the DRS Postdoc Fellowship program is to support fellows in their further career development and the transition to the next career step at Freie Universität Berlin.
POINT Fellowships are open to postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines and nationalities with at least two years of research experience outside Germany, who completed their doctoral degree no longer than six years ago. To apply, candidates have to propose a research plan based around the research fields/ key topics of the participating Excellence Projects or Focus Areas.
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.
The fellows are 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, and subject to normal taxes. In addition to their salary they receive
a one-off travel allowance
a monthly mobility allowance
a monthly research allowance
a fully funded intensive German course
a tailored qualification program delivered by Dahlem Research School