Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program from St. Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin

Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program from St. Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin

Designation/Position- Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin invites application for Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowshipfrom eligible and interested candidates

About- In the framework of their strategic partnership, St. Petersburg State University (SPbU) and Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) have established a Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Annually, two Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships are being offered for highly qualified, early career post-doctoral researchers.

Research/Job Area- All disciplines represented at both universities

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  • The fellowship is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who received their Ph.D. no more than three years prior to the deadline of this call.
  • Candidates who acquired their Ph.D. prior to that date may also apply if there was an eligible lapse in their research activity (e.g. family responsibilities).
  • The program is open both to candidates with (former) affiliation to FUB and SPbU as well as to external applicants.
  • Applicants holding a tenure or tenure-track faculty position are not eligible. 

Selection criteria are based on the academic excellence of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research project, the compelling demonstration of the anticipated synergy of a joint Postdoc and the commitment of the respective supervisors at both universities. The research proposal should refer to the expected benefit arising from the combination of FUB and SPbU serving as research environments during the fellowship. Furthermore, successful candidates are expected to envisage publications in peer-reviewed journals (Q1/Q2) and data bases (Scopus/WoS etc.) during the fellowship, indicating their affiliation at FUB and SPbU.

Job/Position Description- 

Each fellowship has a duration of 24 months. The first fellowships will be awarded starting on October 1, 2021, consisting of two phases: 

  • Phase 1: 12 months of research at FUB
  • Phase 2: 12 months of research at SPbU 

(or vice versa; fellows are entitled to design their research projects in either way)

The call is open to all disciplines, thematic or subject areas that exist at both universities or are complementary. The applicants must identify and secure the endorsement of two tenured faculty members, one at each university, who will serve as host supervisors.

The Postdoctoral Fellows will conduct their research projects under the joint supervision of FUB and SPbU experienced researchers. 

For the 12-month stay at FUB: A monthly stipend of 1,853 Euro and a one-time relocation allowance of 1,000 Euro in case the fellow has to move to Berlin for the Postdoc position. The fellows will further have access to the Researcher Development Program of the Dahlem Research School at FUB. Fellows may apply for further child allowances.

For the 12-month stay at SPbU: A monthly stipend of 60,000 roubles and a one-time relocation allowance of  60,000 roubles, in case the Postdoc has to move to St. Petersburg for the Postdoc position. Postdoctoral Fellows may pay to live in the SPbU guesthouse (if available), or choose to receive additional 20,000 roubles per month and find accommodation themselves. The Postdoctoral Fellows will further be eligible to apply for travel funding and have access to the Resource Centers of SPbU. The scientific supervisors at SPbU  may offer their Postdoctoral Fellows additional funding from their grants.

How to Apply- 

Candidates are asked to submit their applications to both FUB and SPbU. For registration and application at FUB please use the application format Dahlem Research School. For SPbU, applicants must apply through the SPbU PURE system. Please follow the according to instructions on how to register and apply. Please use only the two above mentioned application systems, documents, recommendations and endorsement letters being mailed via e-mail to the universities will not be considered.

Last Date for Apply–  31 January 2021

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