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Rising Star – Junior Fellowships in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy

The Rising Star Fellowship Program of the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy seeks to attract outstanding early-career researchers – especially those from abroad – who have completed their doctorates within the last four years. Successful candidates come to Freie Universität for a two-year research stay.

An additional fellowship is reserved for persons from developing or transition countries according to the OECD’s definition (excluding PR China and India). We look forward to receiving your applications!

Early-career researchers who have completed their doctorates within the last four years can apply for the Rising Star program. Research fellows may not have had any close relationship with Freie Universität prior to applying. Former doctoral graduates and employees of Freie Universität cannot be considered. The fellowship amounts to 2,500 euros per month for two years. Additional benefits for research costs, mobility, family members, and health insurance are available.

Applications will be accepted by the following deadlines:

  • May 31 (selection is expected to take place in July)
  • October 31 (selection is expected to take place in January)

The fellowship program is intended to forge new connections and to advance interdisciplinary research. The Rising Star fellows will take part in the research activities of their host research groups, will be integrated into existing research networks, and will publish their results together with them.
Researchers from Germany and abroad are welcome to apply. Applicants whose research projects span two research groups from two different institutes within the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy (Institute of Biology, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute of Pharmacy) might have a higher chance of success in the case of equal qualification. Successful applicants may apply for a grant for one of the groups.

How to apply

Applications are to be addressed to the dean of the department and sent in one PDF file to the following email address: graduate-center@bcp.fu-berlin.de.

The following documents must be submitted electronically:

  • Cover letter (one page maximum)
  • CV with list of publications
  • Project outline with specific plans as to the cooperation with research groups at Freie Universität Berlin of 2 to max. 4 pages
  • Reference letters from two research groups within the Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy of Freie Universität Berlin
  • A copy of the doctoral certificate (if available)

Questions can be sent to Dr. Alette Winter at graduate-center@bcp.fu-berlin.de

Please note:
Please contact the working groups within our department with whom you would like to collaborate directly and in a timely manner to discuss your research proposal with them. Please visit the institute websites below for more information on their research groups.

We can only accept reference letters from the working groups in our department for the application.