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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.


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).

Autumn Forum Doctoral Workshop 2021
The Autumn Forum PhD Workshop 2021 is part of the annual Autumn Forum of the Hans Böckler Foundation's Institute of Economic and Social Sciences (WSI). Interested doctoral students have the opportunity to present their work at the PhD workshop on 09.11.2021. The event aims to open a discussion space for research projects, to provide insights into the scientific community and to jointly attend the "WSI Autumn Forum 2021: Solidarity in the Crisis" the next day.
The WSI of the Hans Böckler Foundation will cover the costs for the joint dinner, travel to and from the event, and overnight accommodation in Berlin. Participation fees for the promotional workshop and the autumn forum will not be charged. As far as the pandemic situation allows, the event will take place on site. Alternatively, we will switch to a virtual format.
Application deadline: 15.09.2021


Roman Herzog Research Award Social Market Economy 2022
Every year, the Roman Herzog Institute awards the Roman Herzog Research Prize for the Social Market Economy to three young academics who deal with the future viability of the social market economy and thus with the central regulatory issues. With prize money totaling 35,000 euros, this research prize is one of the most highly endowed awards in the field of economics and social sciences.
Deadline: December 31st, 2021

Announcement of the Augsburg Science Award for Intercultural Studies 2022 (german webpage)
For the year 2022, the "Augsburg Science Award for Intercultural Studies" will be announced for the 24th time in Augsburg. I cordially request your support in publicising this announcement. The main prize of 5,000 € will be awarded for relevant dissertations and post-doctoral theses.
Deadline: December 10th, 2021

Further Training

The Freie Universität Berlin Continuing Education Program, or FUB-ContinuEd for short, consists of online certificate courses (face-to-face courses are planned for 2022) 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.