Call for proposals to the Central Research Development Fund

Postdocs are supported in setting up independent research projects to be run under their own leadership and responsibility at an early stage in their careers. This funding particularly supports outstanding publications and the preparation of applications for external funding, including the funding of their own positions (e.g. temporary positions for principal investigators [Eigene Stelle DFG] or the Emmy Noether program for young researchers). Intensive coaching in the preparation of such applications is also available. Moreover, the Personnel Development Bureau at the University of Bremen offers a range of customized offers to train a broad spectrum of personal skills.

WHO CAN APPLY? Doctoral candidates of the University of Bremen or of other German or foreign universities whose PhD certificate will be issued until the starting date of employment (at latest ten months after the application deadline) or Postdocs whose PhD certificate at the time of the application deadline has not been issued more than one and a half years ago (date of the doctoral degree certificate). Be aware: It is not possible to apply for both funding lines ZF03 “Temporary positions for postdocs” and ZF04 “Independent projects for postdocs” at the same time.

WHAT CONDITIONS HAVE TO BE MET? Above-average publication output, an innovative and independent project proposal for the postdoc phase and a high potential to achieve the objectives of the funding line (the evaluation of previous achievements will take periods of child care into account). The candidate needs a host professor at the University of Bremen. The host has to be a professor conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen who supports the application. The host professor has to support the application with a letter in which he explains in detail how the candidate will be integrated into the local research community at the University of Bremen while at the same working independently on his/her project. The integration into the local research community is also part of the evaluation.

FUNDING CONDITIONS: The funding includes a postdoc position (salary scale E 13 TV-L) for 24 months. Additionally, there is an allowance of up to € 6,000 per year to cover costs, e.g. student assistants, publications and international mobility. For the funding to begin, the doctorate has to be completed. Positions have to be taken up soon after the grant approval. Within the first 16 months, an application for external subsequent funding for the postdoc’s own position has to be submitted. Full positions funded by the Central Research Development Fund normally require one class per semester (2 hours per week) of teaching. 

PROCEDURE: Applications (together with a letter of intent from a professor who is conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen) can be submitted once a year to the University of Bremen. The University's respective Research Funding Committee recommends suitable candidates on the basis of external review to the University’s Rectorate for decision. The four positions available are shared between the natural and engineering sciences and the social sciences and humanities. At least 50% of the positions are reserved for women.

Deadline for applications: 1 April 2017 at noon CET.

Guide for Applicants [DOCX] (68 KB) Declaration [PDF] (440 KB)

Online Application Form

Criteria for the Assessment of Applications

The Research Funding Committee and the Rectorate of the University of Bremen will decide on your application based on the following criteria.

1. Applicant's Qualifications

  • First and foremost, outstanding publication activity (quality, quantity, and significance, taking peer reviewed publications into account as well as sole and first authorship, inasmuch as relevant for the field)
  • Networking skills and experience of cooperation in the scientific community (for example, research sojourns in other countries, the organization of conferences, edited works)
  • Prizes and other awards for academic achievements

2. Quality of Project

  • Originality of the proposed project
  • Convincing reference to the “state of the art” in the research
  • Convincing argumentation for the line of research/hypotheses
  • Purposeful selection of methods/procedures and feasibility
  • Plausible work and time schedule as well as adequate financing plan
  • If applicable, special significance of the project (e.g. socio-political, regional, relevance of transferability)
  • Expectations for future acquisition of third-party funding

3. Integration within the Research Environment of the University of Bremen

  • Integration in the research group/institute (thematic fit with the research area)
  • Innovative content and individuality of the project idea within the context of the hosting research area
  • Potential for the development of cooperation with the hosting research area
  • Availability of prerequisite infrastructure/equipment

Timeline of Application Procedure