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Announcements for Early Career Researchers

The Department of Political and Social Sciences has set up a research fund for which junior researchers in the department can apply and which is awarded by the Dean's Office of the Department.
Further funds to support the mobility and/or further education of junior researchers will be transferred to the institutes of the department from the summer semester of 2022. The aim of this measure is to support the budget-financed academic staff (praedocs and postdocs) of the institutes, among other things, with conference trips and further training measures. Eligible for support are those academic staff members whose positions are at least 50% budget-financed. Employees in externally funded projects are excluded from support.
The allocation is to be regulated by the Institute's management together with representatives of the respective junior researchers.
In addition to that external institutions provide us with information on their announcements of funds, colloquia, grants or vacancies they wish to share with our young scientists.

On this web page we would like to share current information on any announcement that has been brought to our attention with you.

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Regrettably we can´t consult with you in person, but you´ll find information on our telephone office hours on the staff web pages. We will continue to be at your disposal per mail and we can process documents and applications that have been submitted by (e-)mail.

External Announcements

Information on Announcements of Doctoral Grants and Postdoctoral Grants provided by the Gateway for Doctoral Candidates.

Minerva Scholarship Programme for Research Stays in Israel and Germany

The Minerva Scholarship Programme is the oldest of the existing programmes to promote German-Israeli cooperation. The funding of the programme by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research finally made it possible to include Israeli universities in the exchange programme.
Today, the Minerva Fellowship Program is open to scholars from all German and Israeli universities and non-university research institutions as well as from all disciplines.
Long-term scholarships:
Each year, around 40 fellowships are awarded to young researchers from Israel and Germany for a research stay at a host institution in the other country. Both doctoral students and
Postdocs can be supported. The funding period is usually six months to two years, for doctoral students up to a maximum of three years.
Application deadline: twice a year in January and June (deadlines are published on the homepage).
Short-term scholarships:
So-called Minerva Short Term Grants for stays between one week and one year
Eight weeks give young German and Israeli junior researchers the opportunity to make initial contact with partners in the host country. Participation in seminars and workshops is also possible.
Application deadline: twice a year in May and November (deadlines are published on the homepage).

Université franco-allemande - Call for proposals 2022 for the promotion of scientific events for young researchers
Research workshops, summer schools
With the aim of networking scientists and intensifying the Franco-German scientific dialogue, the Franco-German University (DFH) supports Franco-German events for young scientists (PhD students or postdocs). In justified cases, master students or students of comparable level may also participate in the funded events.
The aim of this call for proposals is to promote the exchange of ideas and the scientific dialogue on an interdisciplinary, Franco-German and European level. It makes it possible to launch and give visibility to events that could subsequently give rise to other forms of Franco-German cooperation.
Application deadline: 15 March 2022, 15 June 2022 and 15 October 2022.
"Small Subjects"
Small subjects, whether by nature, history or development, have a relatively small number of students and scholars in research and teaching and therefore often do not gain the visibility they deserve. However, they contribute greatly to the exchange of ideas and education in higher education. They cover a wide range of areas in which Franco-German synergies exist and can develop. Germany and France have already begun to look more closely at these subjects in order to better promote them:
https://www.kleinefaecher.de/
https://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/cid155145/cartographie-des-disciplines-rares.html
The aim of the present call for proposals for the funding of scientific events for young researchers in the field of small subjects is to promote the exchange of ideas and dialogue on an interdisciplinary, Franco-German and European level. It makes it possible to launch and give visibility to events that could subsequently give rise to other forms of Franco-German cooperation.
Application deadline: 15 March 2022, 15 June 2022 and 15 October 2022.
"One Health"
The health crisis triggered by the Covid 19 pandemic not only claimed numerous victims worldwide, but also had a serious impact on healthcare and overall patient care. Health systems were stretched to their limits, and the international community's efforts to find solutions in record time were put to the test. This historic health crisis has raised quite a few questions that can be located in the field of "One Health", especially due to the broad scientific relevance of the pandemic for different research fields.
The aim of the present call for funding for scientific events for young scientists is to promote the exchange of ideas and dialogue on this topic at an interdisciplinary, Franco-German and European level. It makes it possible to launch and make visible events that could subsequently give rise to other forms of Franco-German cooperation.
Application Deadline: 15 March 2022, 15 June 2022 and 15 October 2022.

Hanns Lilje Foundation Award 2023 in the area of "The importance of science, technology and business for life"
The Hanns Lilje Foundation invites applications for the 2022 Freedom and Responsibility Foundation Award in the area of "The importance of science, technology and business for life". Outstanding scientists and scholars as well as successful initiatives and effective projects are eligible to apply. Special interest is shown in future-oriented topics, questions and approaches to solutions.
The Hanns Lilje Foundation Prize Freedom and Responsibility is awarded in two categories:
Science Prize 10,000 €
for outstanding scientific qualification work in all fields (doctorate and habilitation)
Initiative Award 10,000 €
for successful initiatives and projects of outstanding significance
Application deadline: 1 December 2022

Promos - Program to increase the mobility of students from German universities
The Promos mobility program provides funding for individually organized short stays abroad (up to 6 months per period of study). The program primarily offers students and doctoral candidates the opportunity to spend time abroad whose plans or destination do not fit into any of the structured programs offered by the DAAD or Erasmus+.
The application period for the second half of 2022 runs from 03.04.2022 to 01.05.2022.

Young Scientists Prize 2022 of the Federal Statistical Office
The Federal Statistical Office awards a science prize in the categories dissertations and master's or bachelor's theses (including diploma and master's theses). The prize is awarded for outstanding work which
1) deal with theoretical topics closely related to the range of tasks of official statistics or
2) investigate empirical questions with intensive use of official statistics data.
The prize for a dissertation to be awarded is 5,000 euros.
Application deadline: May 15th, 2022.

Further Training

FUB-ContinuEd
The Freie Universität Berlin Continuing Education Program, or FUB-ContinuEd for short, consists of online certificate courses for German and international "young professionals" and alumni of Freie Universität who wish to assert themselves in an increasingly international working environment. In the fee-based courses, career-relevant skills and knowledge are taught while studying and working, which give young academics a "competitive edge" when (re-)entering the job market and could therefore also be of interest to your doctoral students already.

Berlin University Alliance: "Kick-Off Your Doctorate" & "Successful Doctorate" 
This year, the Graduate Studies Support of the Berlin University Alliance will again organise introductory weeks in English and German for doctoral candidates in the first 6 months of their doctorate. In addition to short workshops dealing with possible challenges during the doctoral project, the participants will be introduced to counselling services and given the opportunity to get to know the ombudspersons of their institutions. However, the focus of the events is on networking, which will continue to be promoted after the retreats, with the aim of bringing together all academics in Berlin on one platform at the beginning of their academic career.
Participation in events is free of charge and can also be selective.

Information Session on the ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants (webinar), 27 April 2022, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
The European Research Council (ERC) funds investigator-driven frontier research across all fields on the basis of scientific excellence. The ERC Starting Grants (funding up to EUR 1.5 Mio, deadline 25 October 2022) address researchers 2-7 years after their PhD, the ERC Consolidator Grants (funding up to EUR 2 Mio, deadline 02 February 2023) address researchers 7- 12 years after their PhD.
In order to register, please send an e-mail to eu.forschung@uv.hu-berlin.de  by 25 April 2022.
If you are interested in applying for an ERC Grant please contact edda.nitschke@fu-berlin.de  from FU Berlin’s Research Funding Team.