Software requirements: You will need Adobe Reader 8 or higher to complete the forms. Do not use Preview (Mac OS X’s application) to fill out the forms. There is a known problem of compatibility; PDF forms filled out in Preview will not display all form data when opened in Adobe programs.
Download the application forms, save them by including your name in the file names (e.g., Miller_application.pdf, Miller_evaluation, Miller_reference etc.).
Type the information requested. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. If additional space is needed, attach (a) separate sheet (s). You can complete and save your application in multiple sessions.
Follow the instructions on the format and length of the research proposal as described below. As a matter of fairness to all applicants, proposals which do not comply with the format (e.g. exceed the lenght, use a small font or single-space instead of double) cannot be accepted.
File size: The file size may not exceed 10 MB. If you are having problems submitting your application due to file size, try reducing the resolution of scanned documents.
Merging files: It will be necessary to compile the completed application form with required documents in one file named lastnameappBP2018 (e.g. millerappBP2018.pdf). Please use either the software PDF24 Creator, a free trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro or Nitro PDF to avoid compatibility problems. If scans of transcripts are included, check the file sizes, reduce size if necessary.
Submission: Applicants should submit their material consisting of three files via email by December 1, see below. Late applications cannot be considered in the competition.
References and language evaluations should be submitted by the referees and language evaluators directly to us via email by December 1, see below.
SECTION I: Documents to be prepared and submitted by the applicant.
File 1 consisting of the following materials:
Application Form: Give yourself enough time to prepare the material. Select the application form. If additional space is needed for completing sections in the form, attach (a) separate sheet(s). The form can be completed and saved in multiple sessions.
Research Proposal: Composing a proposal for a fellowship application is a demanding process. Allow yourself time to brainstorm, draft, and revise your work. Follow our instructions. Read the general instructions, and if applicable, the information for postdoc proposals. Please note the format for proposals. Proposals which do not comply with the format will not be accepted.
Curriculum vitae: Please include a short c.v. of 3 pages.
for dissertation fellowship applications only
for postdoctoral fellowship applications only
Compile all documents requested above in a file named lastnameappBP2018 (e.g. millerappBP2018.pdf). For technical information, see above.
File 2: Declaration of Consent and Release & Signature
Please note that by applying for a fellowship you agree that the information in the application will be stored electronically and used by the Berlin Program and its selection committee in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act. By applying for a fellowship you also release third party documents submitted as part of your application to the Berlin Program and its selection committee such as university transcripts, references (including references from professional services such as Interfolio) as well as language evaluations. Please print, sign, scan the signature page and create a file named in file named lastnamesignatureBP2018 (e.g. millersignatureBP2018.pdf).
File 3: Publicity Survey - optional
Please help us better disseminate our information on this fellowship opportunity and complete and submit the publicity survey. No need to include your name or a file name.
SECTION II: Documents to be submitted by the referees and language evaluators
References: Applicants are required to have three letters (applicants for the Kerstin Leitner Berlin Fellowship 2 or 3) of reference submitted on their behalf. Forward the reference form and copies of your research proposal to the scholars (including your advisor) and ask them to kindly submit their reference by using our form and/or institutional letterhead via email to: bprogram[at]zedat.fu-berlin.de by December 1.
For postdoc applicants: Interfolio dossiers are welcome.
For applicants for the Kerstin Leitner Berlin Fellowship: Two references will be sufficient.
Language Competence Evaluation: Applicants are required to demonstrate sufficient language skills to complete the project and to participate in the program's research colloquium which is run in German. If more than one language is relevant for your project, submit a language evaluation for each of the languages. Forward the form and information on your research to a department faculty member qualified to evaluate language skills and ask them to kindly submit their evaluation via email to: bprogram[at]zedat.fu-berlin.de by December 1. Please note that we neither accept language evaluations by non-docents or ones which are older than two years.
Continue with Composing a Research Proposal.