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Call for Proposals X-Tutorials


Research funding for X-Tutorials for summer semester 2021

Closing date for applications: December 11, 2020

What does the funding look like?

  • With the X-Tutorials format, the Berlin University Alliance is funding research projects by students for students.
  • In order to hold an X-Tutorial, tutors receive a contract as a student assistant with a teaching assignment of 40 hours per month over a period of 12 months. (In exceptional cases, however, an X-Tutorial can also be held on its own, without co-teaching.)
  • 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 granted or not depends on the material or travel funds requested overall as part of the call for proposals.
  • To prepare the X-Tutors for their task, they are also invited to participate in a teaching qualification program which comes with a certificate following successful completion. 
  • The Berlin University Alliance sponsors up to eight X-Tutorials per call for proposals.

Who can apply?

  • X-Tutorials can be offered by students of all fields of study and from all four partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Applications from co-teaching teams from two houses of the Alliance are welcome.
  • The students must be doing a master’s degree program or must be at an advanced stage of their bachelor’s degree program, for example completed at least the third semester.
  • It is also important for the student to have a professor as a subject-specific mentor so that they can receive an assessment of the research project in terms of feasibility, and also receive support throughout the project.

Which documents must be submitted?

  1. Application form with details about the applicant (for example, discipline, academic phase) and details about the institutional link (for example, university, mentoring professor). Please download the application form and fill it out.
  2. Letter of endorsement provided by a subject-specific mentor. More information is available regarding what should be included in this letter.
  3. Project outline (maximum three pages, additional page containing bibliography if required) with a description of the planned research project, schedule and assessment of potential participating students. More information is available regarding what you need to consider when drafting your project outline.
  4. Optional: Application for material or travel funds up to a maximum of 750 euro including an assessment of the subject-specific mentor regarding necessity and cost calculation of material or travel funds. More information is available regarding what you can apply for and what you need to consider.

The subject-specific mentor provides up to three signatures: on the application form, on the letter of endorsement, and for the calculation of material or travel funds, if these are requested.

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

When and where must the application be sent?

Applications including all required documents must be sent by email in pdf format (as one document) to the StuROPx-coordination center (program managers: nina.lorkowski@berlin-university-alliance.de and julia.ruess@berlin-university-alliance.de). The deadline is: December 11, 2020.

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.