FRIAS Early Career Fellowship Programme 2024/ 2025 (Germany)

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Suitably qualified professionals are invited to submit applications for the FRIAS Early Career Fellowship Programme 2024/ 2025.

Join the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) as an Early Career Fellow for the Academic Year 2024/25.

FRIAS is offering individual fellowships for researchers with a completed PhD and up to eight years of post-doctoral experience.

This is your opportunity to conduct innovative research projects and contribute to cross-disciplinary communication within a prestigious international research community.

Designation: Early Career Fellow
Research Area: Open to all disciplines supported at the University of Freiburg
Location: Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany


The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college.

It is at the centre of a very active research community and has since its creation in 2008 acquired an international reputation for academic excellence. The institute supports innovative research projects through individual and group fellowships.

For the Academic Year 2024/25, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies is offering Individual Early Career Fellowships (4- to 10-month fellowships between September 1st, 2024 and August 31st, 2025).

Application Deadline: September 15, 2023

Early Career Fellowship are available for researchers with a completed PhD plus a maximum of eight years of post-doctoral experience. 

Fellowships will allow researchers to conduct their own research projects. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.


In general, all fellowships will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative research projects of top academic quality through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process (expected success rate: ~15% of eligible applications).

The all-important selection criterion is the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal.

Personal qualifications with regard to experience and capability to conduct the research project will also be taken into account during the evaluation of the applications.

Applications are welcome from all disciplines that can be supported at the University of Freiburg. Applicants are encouraged to learn about the University of Freiburg’s profile of particular research strengths: https://uni-freiburg.de/research/research-profile/

Applicants must have either (a) six months’ research experience after their PhD at academic institution(s) in a country different from the country of their first academic degree OR (b) received a Master/PhD/ received tenure or equivalent in a country different from the country of their first academic degree.

Short stays such as holidays, conferences or summer schools are not considered.


Successful applicants will become FRIAS Fellows with all the corresponding rights and obligations for the requested funding period.

Early Career Fellowships include a full-time employment contract with the University of Freiburg, valid for the duration of the fellowship. An Early Career researcher receives approximately 4,900 € per month pre-tax.

For Fellows with an employment contract at their home institution a reimbursement of teaching replacement costs throughout the fellowship is possible.

Fellows will additionally receive a research cost contribution, a budget for individual training, a mobility allowance (if applicable) and will be reimbursed for the travel costs of the inbound and the outbound journey (if applicable).

If eligible, Fellows accompanied by at least one child receive an additional monthly family allowance.


Please upload the completed Early Career Fellowship application form together with the required documents via the application portal for Early Career fellowships (https://www.frias.uni-freiburg.de/frias-early-career-fellowships) and submit the complete application by September 15th, 2023, 13.00 h CET.

Information on the program, the application and the selection process (required documents, guidelines on eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) is provided in the Application Manual.  

Call for Application for download.

For further details please contact us at FRIAS via e-mail [email protected].


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