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Call for proposals: Career Development Awards / Deadline July 8, 2021 / Information session July 14 2021

The Berlin University Alliance invites postdoctoral researchers to apply for a research semester, i.e. a six-month period of paid academic leave. 

News from Jun 03, 2021

  • Start of application period: June 3, 2021
  • Deadline for applications: July 8, 2021
  • Earliest funding date: October 1, 2021
  • Funding period: six months (one full semester)
Please note the digital information session on June 14, 2021 2:00 to 3:00 im. More information here.

The “Career Development Awards” is a new funding scheme under the banner of the Berlin University Alliance, created specifically for the postdoctoral researchers of its member institutions. Applicants from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply. Awardees are granted paid academic leave, allowing them to focus completely on a research project of their choosing. This “project” does not necessarily have to be something new, but should have the potential to boost the applicant’s (academic) career. Accordingly, the “Career Development Awards” scheme – which falls under Objective 4: Promoting Talent – ultimately aims at promoting the career advancement of excellent early-career researchers from the four Alliance partners.

To ensure the highest possible benefit, recipients of the award will be relieved of all institutional obligations such as teaching. Additional funds for material expenses during the research semester can be applied for. While the Postdoc continues to receive a salary payment, the BUA will cover the costs of hiring a substitute for the member institution. Applicants must have positions that are fully financed through budgetary funds. The Alliance plans to establish an extended funding option for Postdocs whose positions are partially or fully funded by third parties.

In order to foster exchange between BUA member institutions and its researchers, projects of a collaborative nature and/or including mobility are highly welcome. To ensure equality and diversity, we especially welcome applications from qualified women and other individuals fulfilling diversity criteria (e.g. disabled candidates, first generation, migration background, etc.). The research semester will take place in the fall term 2021/22. The next call for proposals (for research semesters in 2022) will be published soon.

Further Information

The call for proposals, application forms and further information can be found on the website of the Berlin University Alliance.


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