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Further Particulars Early Career Fellowships (Postdoc)

In close cooperation with Göttingen colleagues a specific research team will be set up for each theme. The composition of each research group will be a mixture of Senior Fellows, Mid-Career Fellows and Early Career Fellows. In principal, each research group will consist of three or four Early Career Fellows, two Mid-Career/Senior Research Fellows, four or five Göttingen associates and up to three affiliated Göttingen PhD students.

Fellowships in the following Research Groups are currently available:

For Early Career Fellows, we provide the opportunity to bring their research to a more advanced level after their doctorate and to prepare themselves for their professional future as academic teachers, researchers and administrators. Hence the Early Career Fellowship (ECF) programme will combine research and professional training, i.e. assist Fellows in turning their thesis into a monograph, in learning about publishers and publishing, in starting up a new research project, in learning about funding opportunities (and about how to apply) and in developing those skills that are needed in the life of academic teaching and administration. Early Career Fellows will also have the opportunity to teach at undergraduate level. These teaching opportunities are to be developed in close cooperation with the Göttingen associate members of each research group who will act as mentors.

Candidates are eligible during the six-year period following the successful completion of their Ph.D. The Ph.D. thesis will have to be handed in before application and the Ph.D. defence should take place no later than 31/12/2015.
Extensions to the six-year rule are allowed for applicants whose academic career has been interrupted for maternity leave or illness. Please provide information on circumstances in the application. Successful candidates will be asked to provide supporting documents. Göttingen graduates are encouraged to apply although candidates from outside Göttingen with equivalent qualifications will be favoured. Candidates of all nationalities are eligible for the ECF.

The Fellowships are awarded for 17 months beginning in March 2016 and ending in July 2017.

Fellows are required to live in Göttingen for the duration of their Fellowship in order that they may take an active part in the programme and in the academic activities in Göttingen.

The tax-free scholarship consists of
  • a basic grant of between 1.365,- and 1.518,- Euro per month (according to the University of Göttingen Guidelines for Research Fellowships)
  • 203,- Euro as a research and publication allowance per month
  • 600,- Euro per month as allowance for accommodation
Where applicable, family allowances will be added to the basic grant (see below).

Family Allowance
There is a dependents allowance of 400,- Euro per month for the first dependent child living with the Fellow in Göttingen. For every additional child the allowance is 100,- Euro per month.
Fellows are entitled to these allowances if they are not receiving any similar allowance from another source, and on presentation of birth certificates.
A school or university certificate is required for dependent children in full-time education and over the age of 18.

The Fellowship is not taxed by the Lichtenberg-Kolleg. Fellows are, however, required to comply with any other tax provisions which may be applicable to them.

Medical Insurance
Fellows should have adequate medical insurance cover during their stay at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg.

Removal/installation Expenses
There is no provision for removal or installation expenses.

Selection Criteria and Procedure
Fellows are selected on the basis of their research excellence and potential, their academic career interests, and the availability of Göttingen faculty to provide mentorship. Research excellence is assessed on the basis of the candidate’s contributions (publications, PhD thesis, etc.) and other supporting evidence (i.e. letters of reference and research plan).

Academic career interests are assessed on the basis of the CV and other supporting evidence (i.e. letters of reference). ECF will be assigned to those candidates, satisfying the research excellence criteria and who will benefit most from the ECF Programme, which is oriented towards the early stages of the post-doc academic career.

The capacity and availability of University of Göttingen faculty to provide mentorship is taken into account; however, while having common research interests may be helpful, it is not a necessity for mentorship.
Selection committee
Fellows are selected by the ECF Programme selection committee:
  • Lichtenberg-Kolleg director and research theme coordinators
  • associated Göttingen Faculty
  • Academic Advisory Board of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg
The selection committee will meet at the end of January 2016. We aim to inform applicants of the decision of the committee by mid-February. You will receive a positive or negative response or a communication informing you of your position on the waiting list.

How to apply
  • Prepare your CV with a list of publications.
  • Prepare a "Research and academic career statement" briefly explaining your career ambitions and research plans (up to 3000 words). The statement should include a summary of research contributions and interests, academic career plans, fields of specialization, and teaching experience. A detailed research and academic plan is not required but, if possible, a reference should be made to how a Lichtenberg-Kolleg ECF can contribute to achieve your career goals.
  • Documents necessary: Ph.D. degree certificate or statement that Ph.D. has been handed in.
  • Prepare a cover letter stating: 1) your first name, 2) your family name, 3) your citizenship, 3) the year you received your PhD, 4) the name of the university that awarded you your PhD, 5) the title of your project proposal, 6) your academic subject/field (i.e.: history, literature, psychology, etc.), 7) the research focus you are applying for and 8) the names and institution of the two referees who are sending your letters of references.
  • Please send all documents as one pdf file to and indicate in the subject of your e-mail to which one of the three research areas you are applying.
  • Two confidential letters of reference (also in pdf) should be sent directly by the referees or via a dossier service/agency to
  • All application material has to be in English. Please provide translations of certificates if necessary.
  • Use standard international fonts and avoid macros, special characters and password-protected attachments.

The guidelines "Richtlinie zur Vergabe von Stipendien an der Universität Göttingen (ohne Universitätsmedizin)“ (Scholarship regulation University of Göttingen) provide general information on regulations for scholarships at the University of Göttingen.

The application should be sent (as one pdf document) directly to It should contain (1) a cover letter as specified above; (2) CV and publication list; (3) research and academic career statement with the title of your research project; (4) Ph.D. degree certificate or statement that Ph.D. has been handed in. Two confidential letters of reference (also in pdf) should be sent directly by the referees or via a dossier service/agency to the same e-mail address.

Universität Göttingen


The application should be sent directly to It should contain a CV and the "Research and academic career statement" (all preferably in PDF format). Two confidential letters of reference (also in PDF) should be sent directly by the referees to the same email address.

If you cannot submit your application
on-line, contact us well before the deadline at:

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Historische Sternwarte
Geismar Landstraße 11
D-37083 Göttingen
Telefon: +49 551 39-10623
Fax: +49 551 39-1810623

If you have any questions about the ECF programme, please contact the coordinator of the research group for which you apply.