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Newsletter February 2015


This newsletter informs about miscellaneous events as well as funding opportunities available in Germany. 




Satellite Symposium of the 11th Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society Göttingen 2015; 4th Schram Foundation Symposium "The molecular basis of neuronal circuit formation and function"

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Lecture Series and "Soft Skills & More":
I think I generated Intellectual Property - and now??

The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) Magdeburg invites to a talk on "I think I generated Intellectual Property - and now??"

  • When? February 19, 2015, 5pm

  • Where? Ebbinghaus lecture hall, LIN

  • Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (LIN) Magdeburg, Brenneckestraße 6, 39118 Magdeburg

Imagine your dream comes true and your thesis (or whatever) project has succeeded far beyond your expectations. Your results are quite outstanding...  and now? Here's where the next problem comes up.  How should you spread your results ? For free or not for free? Technology transfer officer Dr. Ulrich Schröder will give you a concise overview of how to get the most out of your research, how to avoid pitfalls, and how not to miss chances."

More information online 

How do Germans tick?

The Max Planck Institute Magdeburg invites to a talk on "How do Germans tick?"

  • When? February 25, 2015, 4 - 6pm

  • Where? big seminar room "Prigogine"

  • Max Planck Institute Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Sandtorstrasse 1, 39106 Magdeburg

Being new in Germany might cause questions on how to deal with the locals in research, business and daily life. In order to help you to find answers and to make your stay easier, more comfortable and even more successful, we have invited an intercultural trainer from the ICUnet.AG.  The trainer will give a presentation and address specific topics such as communication styles in Germany, hierarchy concepts, time management, conflict resolution and establishing relationships in business and social life with colleagues/locals in Germany. There will be time for individual questions at the end as well. The talk will be given in English.

Please register via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your first and last name, your research group and your nationality. Your spouse is also invited.

Janine Holzmann, Tel: 0391 6110 416

Officially recognized training course for project managers / project manager and agents for biosafety gem. §15 gene TSV

The Graduate School of Life Sciences of the Research Academy Leipzig offered an advanced tranings course in collaboration with the Department "Continuing Education / Distance Learning" at the University of Leipzig. The course is certified by the Saxon State Ministry for Environment and Agriculture (SMUL) §15 para. 2 sentence 1 no. 3 GenTSV.. The speakers and lecturers are specialists in the field they represent and their qualification are tested by the SMUL. If you participate in two days of the course a certificate of attendance will be issued that is valid in all states. The event is aimed at PhD students and postdocs in the life sciences who have completed a degree in biology, chemistry, medicine, veterinary science or engineering degree program. The venue is the Department of Biology at the University of Leipzig.

  • When? March 26.-27., 2015

  • Where? University of Leipzig 

  • What? advanced training course: "Biosafety of Genetically Modified - Biological Safety"

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Introduction to Citavi

The next introductions to the reference management programme Citavi (in German) will be on

March 11, 2015 and

May 12, 2015

from 9 to 11 AM in the conference room of the university library.
For courses held in English, please contact
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On April 14, 2015, 10:00 AM a special course will be offered, a comparison of Citavi, DocEar and Mendeley

More information online

Graduate School

The first information on courses of the Graduate School in 2015 is already online.

There will also be a German class A1 again, starting in April.



Search engines and links to the major funding organizations

Scholarships of the EVONIK foundation

The Evonik Foundation invests in targeted support: each year, it awards scholarships with a special focus on scientific research by doctoral candidates and postdoctoral students as well as on special projects

Application deadline: March 31, 2015

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Boehringer Ingelheim Fellowships (Biomedicine)

The Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awards PhD fellowships to outstanding junior scientists (max. age: 27 years) who wish to pursue an ambitious PhD project of approximately 3 years in basic biomedical research in an internationally leading laboratory. For further details please refer to "Who can apply?". The peer-review-based selection process is highly competitive. Applicants should therefore be outstanding in all three selection criteria.

Application Deadlines: February 1,  June 1, October 1

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Johannes Hübner Foundation promotes research and development projects on scientific and technical fields

The Johannes Hübner Foundation created by Ms Riedl-Hübner provides universities of applied sciences in Germany with considerable financial support for their work in scientific and technological fields, and in doing so contributes towards promoting research and development.

PhD scholarships are preferred within of eligible research and development projects. In addition the Foundation awards scholarships to students. PhD scholarships are only granted for fellows which actually require support. The neediness has to be substantiated by a detailed recommendation. Foreign students may also be supported.

Application Deadlines: February 16, October 12

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Travel Grants by Fritz Thyssen Foundation

The sole purpose of the foundation is the direct support of scholarship and research in universities and non-profit research institutions, primarily in Germany, with special emphasis on giving help to young scholars and scientists.

It is possible to apply for funds to cover travel costs which arise in connection with scholarly or scientific research.

Deadlines: Applications for travel grants may be submitted at any time.

More information on travel grants online



Klaus-Tschira-Preis for Comprehensible Sciences

Being able to write vividly and to express oneself in plain terms: These are the competencies that are important to the jury of the "Klaus Tschira Preis" which explizitly is adressed to junior scientists. International PhD students are welcome to apply, however the application piece is written in German.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

More Information online (in German)

UMSICHT Science Award 2015

"One can prove a high level of education by explaining the most complicated things in a simple manner." George Bernhard Shaw, a Nobel laureate, was right: a really talented person is one who can explain something complicated in a clear way. This is the fifth time that the UMSICHT Science Award has been announced by the UMSICHT Friends and Patrons Group, for people who make scientific results accessible to society in an outstanding manner. Application is open to communicators in the fields of science and journalism.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2015

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Call for Deutscher Studienpreis

The Deutscher Studienpreis is one of the most valuable awards for German young scientists which is awarded annualy. This year's scientific contest is honored under the patronage of the President of the Bundestag. The call is open to scientists of all fields having finished their doctoral thesis the year before (highly rated, i.e. "magna" or "summa cum laude"). The Deutscher Studienpreis aims to support young scientists presenting the value of their research self-confidentially and introducing it into the public debate. Therefore, those scientists are honored who have done research on socially relevant topics and who can present substantial results, such as innovative processes or products, trendsetting models for the organisation of communities or expert knowledge in current public controversial questions.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2015

More information online (in German)



Scholarships of the EVONIK foundation

The Evonik Foundation invests in targeted support: each year, it awards scholarships with a special focus on scientific research by doctoral candidates and postdoctoral students as well as on special projects

Application deadline: March 31, 2015

More information online

Joint Research Projects for Junior Groups in Systems medicine

The e:Med research and funding concept by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research provides a possibility for planned support of young scientists within the area of systems medicine. Proper training and development of young scientists will necessarily play an important role in the process of establishing systems medicine as a research field. Young scientists must be part of the equation if the required interdisciplinary links between theoretical and application-oriented basic biomedical research and clinical research are to be built in any lasting way. The e:Med research and funding concept offer a range of different instruments aimed at early stages of careers to medical professionals, computer scientists, mathematicians and biologists to this field.

The Promotion is aimed at German or foreign scientists with doctoral degrees or habilitations. In each case, a project is to be applied for solely through the higher education institution or research institution at which the relevant junior research group is to be established. Consequently, young scientists who wish to apply for a junior research group have to reach relevant agreement in advance with a hosting higher education institution or research institution. Funding for junior research groups will provide for a group-director position, a postdoctoral fellow and up to two doctoral-candidate positions, along with customary levels of material and financial resources and travel allowances.

Eligible applicants areGermanstate andnon-stateuniversities and non-university research institutions.

Deadline for application: May 5, 2015

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Mildred Scheel Post-Doc Programme

The German Cancer Aid supports young medicins and nature scientists, holding a doctoral degree, who want to run a project on clinic-related basic research in onkology or clinical cancer research at a prestigous research institution abroad. There are four application deadlines per year.

Application Deadline for the next assessments:

May 12, 2015, 1.p.m.

August 4, 2015, 1.p.m.

October 27, 2015, 1.p.m.

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Original – isn’t it?” New Options for the Humanities and Cultural Studies

The “Volkswagenstiftung” intends to fund up to 20 projects in the humanities and cultural studies that are pursuing the exploration of research ideas with groundbreaking originality. Two lines of funding are available:
The first - "Komm! ins Offene..." - addresses individual researchers, offering them the opportunity to initially explore their idea and subsequently describe it in an essay. For this purpose, the foundation grants up to 80,000 Euros for a maximum period of one year. The second - "Konstellationen" - addresses project teams comprising of up to 4 applicants who would like to jointly explore a new research idea and test its feasibility in an initial exploratory phase, and subsequently co-author a publication on the results. An amount of up to 150,000 Euros is granted for a maximum period of 1 and a half years. The funding initiative is open to all researchers who have already obtained their PhD degrees.

Deadline for application is
May 12, 2015

For additional information, please check:

Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation

The Peter and Traudl Engelhorn Foundation awards scholarships in the field of life sciences (biotechnology, molecular biology, cell biology, etc.) to outstanding future researchers preferably to postdocs for two years.

Deadline for application: July 15, 2015

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The Volkswagen Foundation is funding fundamentally new research concepts, even though the outcome is indefinite, in its initiative "Experiment!".

The initiative addresses researchers in science, engineering, and life sciences, including behavioral biology and experimental psychology, who want to put a potentially transformative research ideas to the test. A concept failure as well as unexpected findings are acceptable results.

To be eligible, applicants must hold at least a PhD/doctoral degree and must be working at a German university or research institution by the start of their project at the latest. They can apply for up to 100,000 Euros of funding for a period of 18 months in order to try to find preliminary evidence for the concept's potential during an exploratory phase.

Upcoming deadline for applications: September 1st, 2015

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Funding Programme „Cortexplorer“ for Neurosciences

With its funding programme "cortexplorer", the Hertie Foundation hopes to encourage brain researchers to try new approaches. The programme focuses on unusual research projects that address highly topical, socially relevant issues with an emphasis on neuroscience. The programme is open to applications at all times. Researchers can apply for funding to cover material, staffing and/or travel costs, depending on the requirements of the project. Eligible are scientists working at German research institutions and those working at European research institutions who want to apply for a collaborative project with a German research group. It is recommended to get in touch with the Foundation prior to handing in any application.

Application Deadline: Applications can be sent in any time.

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Max Kade Fellowships for Natural Sciences and Medicine

The Max Kade Foundation Fellowship Programme offers the possibility to apply for a one-year research stay in the USA. The programme addresses postdoctoral scientists and young researchers from the fields of natural sciences and medicine under the age of 45. The basic fellowship totals US-Dollar 40,000 plus travel allowances, also for spouses and/or children.

Application Deadline: Proposals may be submitted at any time.

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Leopoldina Postdoc Scholarship for Natural Sciences and Medicine

The Leopoldina awards the Leopoldina Postdoc Scholarship to outstanding postdoctoral scientists in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The programme is aimed at up-and-coming young scientists who have already begun conducting independent research in natural science and medicine. The applicants must have completed their doctoral degree within the last seven years.
Scholarship recipients are given the opportunity to carry out their own independent project abroad at one of the most renowned research institutes in their field. German research fellows have to choose a foreign research institute, while Austrian and Swiss research fellows must select a host institute in Germany.

Application Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time. Scholarships are awarded four times a year.

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Dr. Wilhelmy-GSO-Travel Grants Programme for STEM Disciplines

With this new travel grants programe, the Dr. Wilhelmy Foundation and the German Scholars Organization (GSO) want to contribute to the the internationalisation of the German research landscape. The programme adresses universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions in Germany, which want to recruit German researchers from abroad. Travel costs up to 2.000 € can be refunded. The programme is limited to the recruitment of researchers within the STEM fields.

Application Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time.

More information online (German only)


EMBO is an organisation promoting excellence in life sciences and aims to promote the international mobility of junior scientists. At the moment, you can apply for Short-Term Fellowships which make it possible to have a research stay abroad for up to three months.

Application Deadline for Short-Term Fellowships: none. Applications can be submitted at any time.

More information on the Short-Term Fellowships online

EU Commission publishes Handbook on Proposal Submitting

The European Commission has pulished a digital handbook on how to submit a project proposal for Horizon 2020. It includes detailed screenshot-based descriptions of each step starting with the selection of a call for proposals and ending with the submission of the proposal. The document can be found on the participant portal (registration required) as a pdf link.

Go to the online manual of the participant portal

Sciencestarter - Pimp my Science

Sciencestarter is a German Crowdfunding-Platform: researchers can present their projects on the sciencestarter internet platform and raise funds for their implementation.

More information online  
Online-Article on Sciencestarter



New Year's Reception 2015

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has started with two concrete proposals for further development and strengthening of the German science system in the new year. On Tuesday evening, January 13, 2015 in Berlin on the New Year's reception of the largest research funding organization and central self-governing organization for science in Germany, DFG President Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider presented considerations to improve the situation of young scientists and to increase the efficiency of cutting-edge research at universities. His reflections tie in the first two lines of funding of the Excellence Initiative which are ongoing since 2006 and that will be continued and further developed by the federal and state governments even after the end of the second phase in 2017. More than 200 guests from science, politics and society participated in the event.

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New Year’s Adress of the President of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Professor Dr. Peter Strohschneider (in German)

Quelle: OVGU Magdeburg


Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

LIN Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg

Promoting young researchers

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