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Junior and Senior Fellowships

The Junior and Senior Fellowships are presented as awards to renowned scientists who work at universities or research institutions abroad, and who will carry out a research project in close cooperation with one or more researchers at the University of Bayreuth. The Fellowships are meant to establish, strengthen, and deepen structural as well as individual ties to research institutions at the University.  

The awards are presented once a year as the result of a competitive selection process. A seven-member advisory board that consists of internationally renowned researchers selects all Fellowship awardees. The selection is strictly merit-based and the overall selection criteria are the academic excellence of both the applicant and the cooperative project.

  • All Fellows are invited to spend typically three to six months of cooperative research at the University of Bayreuth together with their host(s). The research stay can be divided into several stages.
  • Senior Fellowships are open to senior researchers who have completed their doctorate more than six years ago at the time of application.
  • The Senior Fellowship value totals €50,000. Fellows may use the awarded amount to cover costs in the context of the collaborative research project. Applicants need to present a budget plan as part of their submitted documents.
  • Senior Fellows may also use part of the award to include junior researcher from their research group or institute in the execution of the cooperative research project.
  • Junior Fellowships are open to junior researchers who have successfully completed their doctorate up to (and including) six years prior to the application.
  • The Junior Fellowships totals €30,000. Fellows may use the awarded amount to cover costs in the context of the collaborative research project. Applicants need to present a budget plan as part of their submitted documents.
  • For the duration of their stay at the University of Bayreuth, the host scientist of a Fellow receives a monthly subsidy of €500 in the humanities and social sciences, and €800 in the natural sciences and engineering to compensate for local costs associated with hosting the Fellow.

For the current calls for applications and further information please see Calls for Applications


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