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Announcements for Early Career Researchers

The Department of Political and Social Sciences has established three funds, for which the young researchers* of the department could apply. These instruments for the promotion of young researchers are currently being updated, the necessary decisions are postponed due to circumstances around Covid-19. We therefore ask for your patience.

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.

In order to slow the spread of Covid-19 and to protect fellow women and men whose health is especially jeopardized the staff of the Early Career Support are still doing outwork and have limited access to their offices. We will continue to be at your disposal per mail and we can process documents and applications that have been submitted by (e-)mail. We can´t consult with you in person, but you´ll find information on our telephone office hours on the staff web pages.

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).


Roman Herzog Research Prize for Social Market Economy
With this prize the Roman Herzog Institute wishes to honour junior researchers whose doctoral or post-doctoral theses provide important scientific approaches to the further development of the social market economy and well-founded analyses of the current regulatory issues.The prize is awarded on an annual basis and endowed with 35,000 Euro.
Deadline for entries: December 31st, 2020

Augsburg Research Prize for Intercultural Studies (web page in German only)
The prize is awarded for outstanding works of junior scientists whose research focuses on the intercultural reality in Germany as well as the questions and challenges that derive from it.The main prize of 5,000 Euro is reserved for doctoral or post-doctoral theses, master, diploma, magister or state exam theses will be honoured with a sponsorship award of 1,500 Euro.
Dedline for entries: December 23rd, 2020