Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Program St. Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin

Second Call for Applications
2020-2021
Application deadline: January 31, 2020

In the framework of their strategic partnership, St. Petersburg State University and Freie Universität Berlin have established a Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Annually, two Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered for highly qualified, early career post-doctoral researchers.
Each fellowship is awarded for 24 months. The first fellowships will be awarded starting on October 1, 2020, consisting of two phases:
Phase 1: 12 months of research at Freie Universität Berlin
Phase 2: 12 months of research at St. Petersburg State University
(or vice versa)
The call is open to all disciplines, thematic or subject areas that exist at both universities or are complementary. The applicants must identify and secure the endorsement of two tenured faculty members, one at each university, who will serve as host supervisors. The Postdoctoral Fellows will conduct their research projects under the joint supervision of Freie Universität Berlin and St. Petersburg State University experienced researchers.

Funding:
For the 12-month stay at FUB:
A monthly stipend of 1,853 Euro and a one-time relocation allowance of 1,000 Euro in case the Postdoc has to move to Berlin for the Postdoc position. The fellows will further have access to the Researcher Development Program of the Dahlem Research School at FUB.
For the 12-month stay at SPbU:
A monthly stipend of 60,000 roubles and a one-time relocation allowance of 60,000 roubles, in case the Postdoc has to move to Saint Petersburg for the Postdoc position. Postdoctoral Fellows may pay to live in the SPbU guesthouse [if available], or choose to receive additional 20,000 roubles per month and find accommodation themselves. The Postdoctoral Fellows will further be eligible to apply for travel funding and have access to the Resource Centers of SPbU. The scientific supervisors at SPbU have the right to offer their Postdoctoral Fellows additional funding from their grants.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria:
The Fellowship is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who received their Ph.D. no more than three years prior to the deadline of this call. Candidates who acquired their Ph.D. prior to that date may also apply if there was an eligible lapse in their research activity (e.g. family responsibilities). The program is open to both internal and external candidates. Applicants holding a tenure or tenure-track faculty position are not eligible. 2

Selection criteria are based on the academic excellence of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research project, the compelling demonstration of the anticipated synergy of a joint Postdoc, the expected number of publications with co-affiliation with SPbU and FUB, and the commitment of the respective supervisors at both universities.
The excellent research proposal should include a research plan that indicates where the Fellow will commence the postdoctoral research and how the project will profit from the research environments of both institutions.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020 (Applications submitted after this date will not be considered).

For questions regarding the program and application procedure please contact the staff in charge at both universities:
Hans-Martin Meis, Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universität Berlin
hans-martin.meis@fu-berlin.de
and
Nikita Brinev, International Research & Technology Department, St. Petersburg State University
n.brinev@spbu.ru

Please consult the Call for Applications attached for hyperlinks to application process documents and webpages.

Please read the whole text of the add here FUB SPBU Joint Postdoc_CfA_2020

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