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Newsletter May 2015


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




  Citavi-course in German on July 1, 9 a.m.

  • No registration required
  • Conference room of the university library

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Funding of the printing costs for PhD theses "summa cum laude"

The publisher Logos, Berlin has started its own excellence initiative:

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New Call: Fellowships for innovation in higher education

Develop teaching strategies, test new test methods, make new learning modules: In many places, the higher education is currently being renewed. The Baden-Württemberg Foundation and the Donors' Association accompany support this innovation process and write again in 2015 teaching fellowships   for university teachers. With the previous 60 teaching -fellows from previous vintages, they form a community, to discuss new concepts in the university teaching. Total time, up to 225,000 euros of funding available. The tender is divided into three categories; the first for junior fellowships aimed at PhD students, post-doctoral researcher and academic staff.  This means an allocation of funds of 15.000 Euro.

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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: June 1, October 1


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

German and International PhD students are supported. A need has to be proven.

Application Deadline:  October 12, February 16

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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.

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fokus: LEHRE-Kolloquium „Teach & Talk“

The organisational structure of an university“ (in German)

Professor Dick, Dean of the faculty of humanities

  • When: May 27, 5-7 p.m.
  • Where: Conference Room of the university library

No registration required.

The next colloquium will take place on Wednesday, June 24, on the evaluation of teaching.


Lecture series „problems of science“ at OVGU


This summer semester a lecture series on the topic "problems of science" will be held at OVGU. The starting points for this initiative are questions like:

  • What is science?
  • What methods can and should be used in science?
  • What is the role of science in society?
  • What is the value of science and what are values in the sciences?
  • Are we falling into a scientific superstition?
  • What are the ethical limits that should be respected in science?

 May 27, 2015 : Martin Carrier (U Bielefeld): "science, business, politics: the credibility crisis of science" 

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Series of Talks: Science in the Town Hall 

June 1, 2015, 7 pm
Allergies in the Early Childhood

  • Prof. Dr. Monika Brunner-Weinzierl, immunologist, university hospital of Magdeburg

June 29, 2015, 7 pm
Drug against Malaria: from Plant to Pharmaceutical

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems

Talks will be in German!

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Mildred Scheel Post-Doc Programme

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

Application Deadline for the next assessments:

  • August 4, 2015, 1 pm
  • October 27, 2015, 1 pm

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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 applications: July 15

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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 idea 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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The Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship program

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is running a fellowship program, the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship program, for researchers from Germany (all disciplines) who want to spend 6 to 24 months on a research stay abroad. Fellowships are available for postdocs (up to four years after completing their doctorate) and experienced researchers (up to twelve years after completing their doctorate). Postdoc fellowships have a duration of 6-24 months, fellowships for experienced researchers have a duration of 6-18 months (divisible into a maximum of three visits over three years). Applications can be handed in at any time but should be handed in at least four to seven months prior to the desired deadline for evaluation. Evaluations are carried out each year in February, June, and October.

Applications can be sent in any time.

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Institute for Research in Biomedicine

The IRB Barcelona (Institute for Research in Biomedicine) is calling for applications for eight two-year fellowships that will start by March 2016.

Applicants must hold a doctorate degree before the start of a fellowship that they have obtained not more than five years prior to the call deadline (exceptions will be made for parental leaves and other circumstances). The call is open to candidates of all nationalities, given that they haven't spent more than 12 months in Spain during the past three years.

Deadline for applications is June 15, 2015

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Life Science Career Fair 2015

In 2015, Life Science will take place on two days:

Tuesday, 9 June: Focus on Agricultural Sciences und Agricultural Engineering

Wednesday, 10 June: Focus on Natural Sciences

Place and time: Schloss Hohenheim, 10a.m. - 3p.m.

The companies will present themselves at company booths and in short presentations. There will be a job wall with current work placement and job offers. The team Academic Careers will conduct brief counselling sessions on both days on the topics of career entry and work placement and will offer application document checks. The CareerCenter Hohenheim will also have its own booth and be ready to answer your questions.

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CAREERS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION by the European Personnel Selection Office

Is an EU Career for me?

Whether you are a student looking at career options for the future, or an experienced professional wanting a new challenge, this section of the website of eu-careers will give you all the information you need about careers in the European Union institutions. Discover exciting career opportunities with the EU institutions and how you can make a difference for Europe.

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Online platform "DocPro" facilitates PhDs entry into the economy

Since February 2015 the innovative skills portfolio DocPro is online and help postdocs to market their skills in the language of employers and thereby facilitate the entry into the economy.

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Tenure track, but honestly! - The renewal of the appointment system

How should the universities deal with the international competition for the best scientists? What career paths are attractive to outstanding young scientist? The Technical University of Munich has developed its own tenure track process.

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Job sharing in the management floor?

Is that possible? Yes, but only with strong intention and mutual trust, said the senior physicians Christiane Bieber and Miriam Komo-Lang.

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Application Tips for scholarships

Scholarships are just for high-flyer? Read some interviews with successful applicants.

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"Student assistants at universities"- new guidebook of the GEW

According to a study by the Max Träger Foundation of 2012 up to 400,000 student assistants work nationwide at universities, universities of applied sciences, colleges of education, art academies, and conservatories. In addition, over 40,000 students assistants already have a university degree. The German Trade Union for Education and Science (GEW) has published a guidebook "Student assistants at universities" to help all students and research assistants and colleagues who consider such an activity.


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Difficulties for young scientists in academia

Almost ninety percent of all academic staff at German universities has limited contracts, half of them with a duration of less than one year. Some people feel exploited - and prefer to go into business or abroad. Students and postdocs are now demanding better working conditions at universities and research institutions.

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Quelle: OVGU Magdeburg


Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

LIN Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg

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