|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.
Research groups and their topics for the period October 2015 to July 2017:
|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 30/09/2015.
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 22 months beginning in October 2015 and ending in July 2017.
Residence 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.
Grant The tax-free scholarship consists of
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.
Fellows should have adequate medical insurance cover during their stay at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg.
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.
Fellows are selected by the ECF Programme selection committee:
How to apply
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.