BTU Flagship Fellowship Programme For International Visiting Researchers

Objectives

The Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus–Senftenberg invites outstanding postdoctoral researchers from abroad to apply for the new »Flagship Fellowship« of the Graduate Research School (GRS). The programme is an essential element of the »Three-Pillar-Model« of the GRS. For further information, please refer to the GRS website:

www.b-tu.de/en/graduate-research-school/about-the-grs/three-pillars-model

A Flagship Fellowship allows you to carry out a short-term research stay at the BTU (2-12 months). Applications are open to all disciplines of the BTU. As Flagship Fellow, you will cooperate with a host department of one of the overall six faculties of the BTU. They will prepare joint publications for submission to high impact journals, and they will organise small events such as workshops for PhD students and other researchers.

Located in the heart of the Lusatia, BTU combines outstanding international research with future-oriented teaching. It makes an important contribution to society and the economy through knowledge and technology transfer. Lusatia is undergoing economic changes and, therefore, the promotion of international research cooperation will be critical to meet the future challenges of the BTU.

We aim to strengthen the BTU profile in our four research fields:

  1. Smart Regions and Heritage
  2. Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  3. Biotechnology, Environment and Health
  4. Cognitive and Dependable Cyber-Physical Systems

For further information about our research profile, please refer to our website:

www.b-tu.de/en/research/research-profile

During your stay at BTU, you are expected to contribute to one of the four research fields by increasing international visibility through vibrant collaboration with BTU researchers. Ideally, fellows will also be a focal point of follow-up projects by initiating further joint research activities between their home institution and the BTU.

Fellowship specifications

The fellowship is worth 2,000 EUR per month[1]. It includes a lump sum for accommodation, travel expenses and health insurance.

Additional benefits for Flagship Fellows:

  • Family allowances for accompanying family members staying at least three months[2]
  • Subsidy for research costs[3]

[1] The fellowship will be awarded based on the BTU Scholarship Framework Directive of October 12, 2009. It is exempt from taxation and social security contributions. For further information, please refer to the website of the GRS: https://www.b-tu.de/en/graduate-research-school/funding-opportunities/scholarships/faqs

[2] 300 EUR per month for marital partners and 200 EUR per month for each child.

[3] Up to 800 EUR per month; the BTU will only cover those costs incurred during your stay.

Eligibility

The BTU Flagship Fellowship Programme aims at visiting scholars. To apply, applicants must meet the following crieria:

  • international postdoctoral researcher at a university or research institute
  • completed the doctorate less than eight years ago
  • at least one year of experience as postdoctoral researcher
  • not resided in Germany for more than 24 months prior to the submission of the application

We are looking for outstanding postdoctoral researchers who hold a position at a research institute or university in Germany or abroad and who wish to conduct their research in cooperation with a host department/chair of their choice at BTU. This means that applcants must be sponsored by a faculty member who is willing to act as an advisor to the proposed research project. 

After the research stay, fellows are expected to return to their home institution and continue to cooperate with their host. Details of the research outline – including information on the intended duration of the fellowship – must be agreed with the intended host before applying.

Please note that researchers who have graduated from or who have conducted research at BTU previously are not eligible for funding.

Application documents
  • Letter of motivation to the President of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg (1 p. max.)
  • CV (2 pp. max.)
  • List of ten key publications
  • Copy of doctoral degree
  • Letter of support by BTU faculty member (2 pp. max.) which refers to the following aspects:
    • Applicant’s qualification and publication record
    • Relevance and quality of the research project
    • Contribution to the BTU research profile
    • Confirmation that research facilities are available
  • Research outline (4 pp. max.):
    • Cover page (the title of the project, name, home institution, host department, duration and planned starting date of the research stay)
    • Abstract (300 words max.); the abstract should be informative also for non-experts, and it should include a brief statement regarding the contribution to our research areas
    • Description of the project (800 words max.)
      • Fellows are expected to prepare joint publications with their hosts, and they shall organise at least one workshop (1-2 days) to facilitate project-related exchange with other researchers from the BTU and other institutions.
      • In their workshop, fellows shall involve early career researchers to the topic of their research project
    • Draft budget for the proposal; budget only includes costs for materials (see »Fellowship specifications«)
    • Bibliography
Selection procedure and final report

Submission of your application

We accept applications on a rolling basis. You need to find a BTU faculty member who supports your application. For further information about our faculties, please visit the BTU website: www.b-tu.de/en/university/faculties

Please submit your full application in a single PDF file to researchschool(at)b-tu.de (Subject: Application BTU Flagship Fellowship)

Selection criteria

  • Applicant’s qualification (mobility, breadth of research activities, academic productivity)
  • Quality of key publications (originality, impact, degree of innovation, applicant’s contribution in case of multiple authorship)
  • Quality of the research outline (originality, relevance for the BTU research profile, significance for the advancement of the discipline, convincing choice of methods, prospects for future cooperation with hosts at BTU, the involvement of early career researchers at BTU)

Procedure

After receipt of the complete application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt (1 week). In consultation with the Vice-President for Research and Transfer, the GRS will ask external reviewers to assess the proposal (if necessary). At the recommendation of the responsible Senate Commission and based on the reviewers' reports, the Vice-President will approve the project (8-12 weeks). Approved projects should start no later than four months after the funding approval.

Final report

After concluding the project, a final report must be prepared and submitted to the GRS.

Services for international researchers: BTU Welcome Centre

The BTU has established a service-oriented framework to support international researchers. After the approval of your project, you should get in touch with the BTU Welcome Centre to prepare your arrival. The Welcome Centre assists you in applying for the visa, finding suitable accommodation, and helps you to settle in after your arrival. There are several possibilities for furnished accommodation close to one of the campuses of the BTU. You can also take advantage of other activities to learn more about Germany and Lusatia (networking meetings, excursions, etc.). For further information, please refer to the website of the Welcome Centre: www.b-tu.de/en/welcome-centre

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