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FAQs

The list below represents a collection of frequently asked questions, which we update if necessary. We kindly ask you to search this list and the relevant Application Guidelines before directing more specific questions to the Centre’s office.

General Application Requirements

​Can I apply as a German citizen?Hide

For the sponsorship programmes Fellowships and Short Term Grants, researchers of German nationality are eligible to apply if their regular residency abroad has been or has the prospect of at least five years. Potential applicants who have completed their school education and one university degree or one university degree and their doctorate in Germany are subject to the regulations applying to German citizens.

I am or recently have been in Germany. Can I apply? Hide

Applicants for Fellowships and Short Term Grants must have lived outside Germany for a minimum of 12 months in total in the 18-month period prior to submission of the application. This includes private and professional stays; when in doubt please contact the Office prior to submitting your application to sort out eligibility.

​Are specific disciplines excluded from application?Hide

The Centre offers its Fellowships to applicants in all disciplines that can be supported at the University of Bayreuth. Please note, however, that, as per regulations of the German Research Foundation, the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre cannot provide funding to enhance resources of the University’s Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple”. Thus, Principal Investigators from the Cluster of Excellence cannot act as host if the research focus of the application is on African Studies.

How do I find a host for a joint research project?Hide

In order to apply for a Fellowship or Short Term Grant applicants are asked to contact a potential host from the University of Bayreuth in advance of the application deadline to discuss and develop a joint research proposal. Applicants are asked to explore possible hosts at the relevant faculties and institutes. Eligible hosts include full professors, junior professors, habilitation candidates, and independent junior research group leaders. Principal Investigators from the Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple” cannot act as host.

Can I apply if a cooperation with the host in Bayreuth already exists?Hide

Yes, however, please state the surplus benefit of the Fellowship for the University of Bayreuth in your research proposal and the supporting letter.

​How are periods for care work taken into account in the application process?Hide

Periods during which you have interrupted academic activities for care work can be taken into account upon examination. Please indicate interruptions in your CV.

​Can I submit documents to my application after the deadline?Hide

No, we only accept applications that are complete prior to the deadline. In case of doubts about your eligibility, submission of documentary evidence may be requested after the deadline.

​When can I start/finish my research stay at the University of Bayreuth?Hide

Given you have signed and accepted the corresponding declaration of acceptance and guidelines, we ask you to keep to the following periods:

Sponsorship Programme

Earliest Starting Date

Latest Starting Date

Latest date to retrieve funds

Junior and Senior Fellowships 1 month after   acceptance 12 months after   acceptance usually 24 months after   acceptance
Short Term Grants 1 month after   acceptance 9 months after   acceptance 6 months after end of research   stay

Strategic Scientific Workshops

 1 month after   acceptance

 12 months after   acceptance 6 months after end of workshop
How do I get more information on the application process?Hide

Please read our Application Guidelines and according online form carefully and have a look at our FAQs. We happily address individual inquiries via email, phone, or in person. In addition we offer info sessions on campus once every semester. We will publish current dates on our website and circulate all details among potential hosts on campus in due course.

Host

Who can act as Host?Hide

Eligible hosts include full professors, junior professors, habilitation candidates, and independent junior research group leaders. Principal Investigators from the Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple” cannot act as host if the focus of the research collaboration is on African Studies.

Must the host have access to necessary resources?Hide
In case the resources that are necessary to realize the research collaboration at the University of Bayreuth are not allocated with the host, a written consenting statement of the resource holder is required
​May one Host be involved in several applications?Hide

Yes.

​How often can a Bayreuth researcher act as host for an applicant?Hide

There is no restriction.

​Can PhD candidates act as hosts?Hide

As a formal requirement PhD candidates cannot act as host.

​How can hosts spend the host subsidy?Hide

Hosts may cover costs that arise from the Fellows’ visit to UBT. This includes office space and an up-to-date infrastructure including access to library systems and laboratories, hard-/software, consumables, printing costs etc.

​What is expected from the supporting letter?Hide

The supporting letter should express the substantial support from the Host(s) to realize the collaborative research project. This includes basic infrastructure to provide the applicant with, but, more importantly, how the applicant and the project are included in the broader structures and how the collaboration benefits the University of Bayreuth.

Where can I get more information as a host?Hide

In addition to the relevant Application Guidelines, hosts from UBT may consult our Host Handout. All documents are available from our Download section (access to host handout via UBT ID).

For individual queries not covered by these Guidelines and Handout, please contact the office of the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre. 

I am a potential host at the University of Bayreuth. Where may I find additional information?Hide
Please see the relevant Handout Host (in German).

Selection Procedure

​When are applications decided?Hide

With each Call for Applications we include a timeline in the corresponding Application Guidelines. We will notify all applicants once the selection process is finalized.

​What are the selection criteria?Hide

The main selection criteria are the scientific excellence of the applicant and the proposed research collaboration, respectively, as well as the networking potential on campus and the institutional interconnection with the University of Bayreuth.

​What is the success rate?Hide

The success rate is mainly determined by the number of applications as the total budget available for Grants and Fellowships is limited. Most recently, with 10 Short Term Grants available in 2019, roughly 38% have been successful; for Fellowships the success rate was about 20%. With the current Call for Application for Strategic Scientific Workshops under way for the first time, there are no numbers available yet.

​Can I re-apply after a rejection?Hide

In general, it is possible to re-apply; rejected applicants may receive feedback from the Centre’s Office upon request.

​How do I get information on current Awardees and Grantees?Hide

We showcase all Awardees and Grantees on our website in due course after the selection has been made.

Sponsorship Programmes

Senior and Junior Fellowships

​When is the next Call for Applications for Fellowships?Hide

This Call for Applications is open once a year, in 2020 from July-October; we also publish the Call for Applications for Fellowships and Short Term Grants on international platforms, and update Bayreuth researchers on a regular basis.

​Can PhD students receive funding?Hide

PhD students cannot apply for funding. Applicants for Senior Fellowships may also suggest part of the award to include junior researcher from their research group or institute in the execution of the cooperative research project.

Which costs are covered?Hide
Funding may cover all costs related to the proposed research stay incl. travel, accommodation, fees, subsistence expenses, staff and related costs. For more information, please consult the Centre’s Office.

Short Term Grants

​When is the next Call for Applications for Short Term Grants?Hide

From 2020 onwards, this Call for Applications is open twice a year (2020: Late March-May; September-November). We also publish the Call for Applications for Fellowships and Short Term Grants on international platforms, and update Bayreuth researchers on a regular basis.

​Can PhD students receive funding?Hide

PhD students cannot apply for funding.

​Which costs are reimbursed with a Short Term Grant?Hide

A Short Term Grant includes return travel from your home institution to Bayreuth, as well as accommodation in Bayreuth, visa fees (if applicable) and a daily allowance.

Strategic Scientific Workshops

​When is the next Call for Applications for Strategic Scientific Workshops?Hide

This Call for Applications is open once a year, in 2020 from late January to May.

Who may apply?Hide

Applicants for a Strategic Scientific Workshop have to be senior faculty members of the University of Bayreuth, i.e. Professors, Junior Professors, Habilitation candidates, and independent junior research group leaders. Principal investigators from the Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple” cannot act as host if the research profile of their application is on African Studies.

Are specific disciplines excluded from application?Hide

The Centre offers funding for Strategic Scientific Workshops to eligible applicants from all disciplines at the University of Bayreuth except for researchers engaging in African Studies. These researchers should contact the Cluster of Excellence “Africa Multiple” since, as per regulations of the German Research Foundation, the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre cannot provide funding to enhance resources of the University’s Cluster of Excellence.

​Is it possible to apply for a workshop with more than one chair/institute from UBT?Hide

Yes, this is possible, and we decidedly encourage interdisciplinary applications.

​What are the responsibilities of the main applicant?Hide

The main applicant acts as the primary point of contact for the Bayreuth Humboldt Centre and all collaborative workshop partners involved. The applicant is also in charge of planning and conducting the event incl. expenses and reporting.

​Which costs are covered for a Strategic Scientific Workshop?Hide

Funding may cover all costs related to the execution of the proposed Workshop incl. travel, accommodation, fees, staff and related costs. For more specific items, please consult the Centre’s office.


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