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Career Development Awards

For postdocs, the Career Development Award is a potential career booster for further research careers.

For postdocs, the Career Development Award is a potential career booster for further research careers.
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When working as a Postdoc at a chair, early-career researchers do not always have the time required to focus on their own research. This is due to the many tasks and responsibilities they have in the day-to-day reality of a university. At this crucial stage of their careers, however, it is essential to continue developing a research profile and identity – especially when aiming for a professorship or another academic leadership position.

Having more time for research is considered a precious gift, whether to finally finish a paper, learn a new method, or establish a collaboration with a research group abroad. More time, freedom, and sometimes even a change of perspective can have the effect of improving research quality and output.

The “Career Development Awards” is a new funding scheme under the banner of the Berlin University Alliance, created specifically for the postdoctoral researchers of its member institutions. Applicants from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply. Awardees are granted paid academic leave, allowing them to focus completely on a research project of their choosing. This “project” does not necessarily have to be something new, but should have the potential to boost the applicant’s (academic) career. Accordingly, the “Career Development Awards” scheme – which falls under the objective Promoting Talent – ultimately aims at promoting the career advancement of excellent early-career researchers from the four Alliance partners.

Current call 2022

  • Start of application period: January 19, 2022
  • Deadline for applications: March 9, 2022

In case of questions please contact:
Verena Neumann, Program Manager Promoting Talent
Email: promoting-talent@berlin-university-alliance.de


Funded postdoctoral researchers

Winter semester 2021/2022