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Call for Proposals X-Student Research Groups

Teaching assignments for X-Student Research Groups for winter semester 2021-22

Closing date for applications: June 01, 2021

What does the research funding look like?

  • Using the format of the X-Student Research Groups, the Berlin University Alliance supports research projects in which junior researchers and students conduct joint research.
  • In order to run an X-Student Research Group, the junior researchers receive a contract for teaching assignment covering two semester hours per week (in total 35 hours). This teaching assignment runs over the course of one semester with the option of extending beyond this period into a second semester. Instead of granting teaching assignments, materials, and resources may be provided depending on the budgetary or personnel provisions.
  • On top of that, candidates can apply for research-relevant material or travel funds up to a maximum of 750 euro. A higher amount can be requested in exceptional cases. Whether this higher amount can be approved or not depends on the material or travel funds requested overall as part of the call for proposals.
  • In order to prepare the junior researchers for their assignment, they are also invited to participate in a teaching qualification program whose main focus is on the management of research groups.
  • The Berlin University Alliance sponsors up to 16 X-Student Research Groups per call for proposals.

Who can apply?

  • Junior researchers from the four partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Applicants can include doctoral candidates, postdocs, and junior professors from all disciplines who are interested in conducting joint research with students.
  • The joint research should be linked to a current research project of the junior researchers. This might be including, for example, all research projects of the Berlin partner institutions or dissertations of doctoral candidates if there is a clear distinction from the research conducted in the X-Student Research Groups.

Which documents must be submitted?

  1. Application form (online) form with details about the applicant, about the research project, and about the institutional link. Please fill out the application form online.
  2. Project outline (maximum three pages, additional page containing bibliography if required) with a description of the planned research project, time schedule, assessment of potential participating students, and and ideas for possible collaborations with other actors or institutions. More information is available regarding what you need to consider when drafting your project outline.
  3. Optional - Application for material or travel funds up to a maximum of 750 euro; a prerequisite for the approval is that the funds are necessary for carrying out the project or would clearly enhance the research of the X-Student Research Group. More information is available regarding what you can apply for and what you need to consider.
  4. Form - Proof of institutional affiliation: In order for your X-Student Research Group to be offered as a research seminar for students, an institutional affiliation is necessary. Therefore, please obtain a professor's signature. Please download and complete the institutional affiliation form.

Important note:
When planning your X-Student Research Group, please take into account that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the winter semester 2021-22 may be conducted largely online or as a hybrid semester.

When and where must the application be sent?

After you have completed the online application form, please submit all other required documents by email in pdf format to the StuROPx Coordination Office: sturop@berlin-university-alliance.de

Please keep the following instructions in mind:

  • Assemble all documents as one pdf document.
  • Within the pdf document, keep the order mentioned above, so please start with your project outline. A cover letter is not necessary.
  • Please name the pdf document as follows: Last Name_Groups_WiSe 2021-22

The Deadline is: June 01, 2021.

How does the selection process work?

An interdisciplinary body of experts, consisting of representatives from different status groups and partners of the Berlin University Alliance is tasked with selecting the most suitable projects from the applications submitted in accordance with the defined list of criteria. The final decision on whether to grant funding is taken by a steering committee, which is responsible for StuROPx.

Information event

On May 3rd, 2021 there was an English online information event about the X-Student Research Groups. Please find the presentation here.

FAQ about the X-Student Research Groups

Please also refer to the FAQ about the X-Student Research Groups, which can provide you with further information on the application procedure, the selection process, but also on the format.

Furhter Questions

If you have further questions regarding the call or the format of the X-Student Research Groups, please contact the StuROPx coordinator Nina Lorkowski: nina.lorkowski@berlin-university-alliance