IGB Freshwater Science Fellowship Programme 2020 for International Scientists – Germany

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We invite excellent scientists from all countries and at different career stages to apply for a research visit at IGB.  These fellowships are designed to enable outstanding scientists to contribute to research at IGB and thus further their own scientific development or training.

Application Deadlines: 1st June 2020

Eligible Countries: International

To be taken at (country): Germany

About the Award: You would like to expand your research on freshwaters or inland fisheries? You are highly motivated to put your excellent research ideas into action? You are keen on working abroad with an interdisciplinary team of scientists dedicated to advance freshwater ecology, inland fisheries science or related research areas? And you are looking for unique facilities to develop new approaches to tackle the most important research questions for the future of our freshwaters?

Then we cordially invite you to apply for a research visit at IGB. With Berlin being an attractive science location, you will find stimulating working conditions, excellent infrastructure and open-minded colleagues with a wide range of backgrounds in freshwater ecology and inland fisheries. The working language at IGB is English.

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Twice a year we offer support for senior fellows for 3 to 12 months. We view these research stays as excellent opportunities to develop or implement original research ideas in collaboration with IGB scientists. IGB provides excellent laboratory and field facilities for interdisciplinary research, large-scale experimental facilities as well as long-term research programmes.

Fields of Study: 

  • Ecohydrology
  • Ecosystem Research
  • Experimental Limnology
  • Biology and Ecology of Fishes
  • Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
  • Analytical Chemistry and Biogeochemistry

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: Successful applicants are well-established scientists leading a research group at their home institution in one of the research areas pursued at IGB. Before submitting an application, please contact your potential host and develop a concept for your stay that ensures good integration into research activities within the host group and other scientists at IGB.

Selection: The selection of the fellowship awards is competitive. The following evaluation criteria apply:

  • scientific record and potential to conduct the proposed research
  • full support of the potential host contacted before
  • quality and novelty of the research proposal
  • complementary integration into ongoing research activities at IGB

The selection committee is composed of the director, the department heads, the speakers of IGB’s cross-cutting research domains and IGB’s equal opportunity commissioner. The director will notify the awardees no later than eight weeks after the application deadline. Research projects can start in agreement with the respective host at any time but no later than six months after notification. Candidates that have not been accepted can resubmit a revised application within one of the following application rounds. Consultation with the potential host is strongly recommended if this option is envisioned.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of fellowship: The fellowships provide resources to cover basic living expenses. They amount to 1,365 €/month at the doctoral level, 1,828 €/month at the postdoctoral level, and 2,600 €/month at the senior scientist level. In addition, some funds can be provided for consumables and travel allowances. The fellowships do not include health insurance, which is mandatory in Germany, nor contributions to pension schemes. Fellowships can normally only be granted if no other income is received during the fellowship period by employments elsewhere.

Duration of fellowship: 6-24 months.

How to Apply: 

  • Your CV, including a complete list of publications
  • A motivation letter indicating your research interests and experience (max. 1 page)
  • Your ideas about the envisioned accomplishments during your stay, outlining your aims and proposed activities (max. 1 page),
  • A statement of your potential research host(s) confirming mutual interest

The deadline for applications is the 1st of June 2020. Documents need to be submitted electronically in English by using our online application platform.

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