The selection procedure for the DRS-Fellowship POINT consists of four phases which are further described below:
(1) Administrative eligibility check
(2) Structured interviews
(3) Reviewing and recommendation by the university’s Research Commission
(4) Final selection by a the university’s Executive Board
Each phase must be passed successfully to proceed to the next. Candidates will receive an identification code which will allow anonymised results of each selection phase to be published on a secure website with limited access. After completion of phase 1, applicants will receive login details for the secure site and will from then on be notified by e-mail each time new results are announced. To enter the secure website please click here.
Composition and Organization of Selection Committees/ Criteria and Method of Judging Merit
Phase 1: Administrative eligibility check
The Eligibility Check of all complete applications submitted through the online application form is carried out by the POINT program manager together with the Managing Director of the Dahlem Research School. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
The eligibility criteria are:
- The call is open to experienced researchers holding a PhD from abroad. German citizens are not eligible.
- Candidates are max. 6 years after completion of their PhD (at the time of the deadline)
- Non-German researchers who are currently resident in Germany may apply, provided they have not lived in Germany for longer than 6 months in the 24 months at the point of the deadline.
Phase 2: Assessment of applications/ structured interviews
Phase 2 of the selection procedure consists of two steps:
First, the board of directors of each Focus Area will assess each application/proposal according to the quality of its contents as well as how well it fits within the scope of the relevant focus area.
Secondly, the board will recommend selected applicants for structured interviews that will be carried out by a Steering Committee consisting of at least three Principal Investigators of the respective Focus Area.
The interviews will take place either by telephone, Skype or video-conference. It is the responsibility of the applicants to have access to appropriate technical equipment.
Due to a tight interview schedule, time slots of 30 min. per interview will be appointed to each candidate. The interview schedule for each Focus Area will be communicated on the DRS-Fellowship webpage. Candidates who are invited to an interview will be contacted by e-mail in due course prior to the date.
Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following evaluation criteria:
Discussion and convincing defense of the proposed project plan
Convincing defense of motivation to pursue a postdoctoral research experience at the proposed host institution with regard to the candidate’s future career aspirations
Convincing presentation of the candidate (CV)
Personal fitting of the candidate into the respective Focus Area
Scores from 0 to 5 will be applied to assess the candidate’s performance in each category. Each category will be weighed equally. Scores for each criterion are given to one decimal point.
Interpretation of the scores:
0– The candidate/application/proposal fails to address the criterion under examination or cannot be judged due to missing or incomplete information.
1– Poor. The criterion is addressed in an inadequate manner, or there are serious inherent weaknesses.
2– Fair. While the candidate/application/proposal broadly addresses the criterion, there are significant weaknesses.
3– Good. The candidate/application/proposal addresses the criterion well, although improvements would be necessary.
4– Very good. The candidate/application/proposal addresses the criterion very well, although certain improvements are still possible.
5– Excellent. The candidate/application/proposal successfully addresses all relevant aspects of the criterion in question. Any shortcomings are minor.
Candidates with an overall score of at least 15 out of 20 possible points will be recommended for phase 3.
Phase 3: Recommendation by the university’s Research Commission
As a joint commission of the Academic Senate and the Executive Board of Freie Universität the Research Commission will discuss about the top-listed candidates based on the results of the interviews and give its recommendation to the Executive Board.
Phase 4: Final selection by the university's Executive Board
The Competitive Selection and the final decision on admission or rejection will be the responsibility of the Executive Board. The Executive Board will take the final decision based on the competitive ranking and recommendations of candidates from phase 3.