Application Deadline: 31 August 2022
In 2014 the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) initiated the programme “Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience” (PRIME) to support the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. The programme has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union (EU/FP7/Marie Curie Actions/COFUND). Funding is provided for 18 months, in which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period.
- Applicants with above-average qualifications from all faculties can apply. They must have completed their doctorate with very good results before the start of funding.
- There are no restrictions regarding nationality and current residency. However, depending on nationality and place of residence, restrictions may apply when choosing the destination country for the stay abroad
- DAAD provide funding for an 18-month employment contract at a German university to conduct a 12-month research stay abroad with a subsequent return phase to Germany.
- During your 12 months abroad, you may combine stays at several research institutions in one or several countries. Please indicate all host institutions in the application form
Duration of Funding
- DAAD provide support for 18 months: the first 12 months are spent abroad and the remaining 6 months of the return phase are spent in Germany (funding cycle 12+6).
- Integration into the German social security system is a prerequisite for the research stay abroad, therefore funding may have to begin with a 1-month starting phase in Germany (funding cycle 1+12+5). The respective local statutory insurance determines your status.
The DAAD will conclude a grant agreement with the respective German university covering the costs for the
regular salary and the monthly expatriate allowance.
temporary 18-month employment contract at a German university according to pay scale TV-L EG 13. Your exact pay is determined by the universities based on your previous work experience.
o Expatriate allowance:
A monthly expatriate allowance for the research stay abroad is based on an area classification of the destination and the gross income of the fellows.
PRIME Fellows receive the DAAD lump sum travel subsidy for postdoctoral scientists. Spouses (either by marriage or according to the German law on civil partnerships) and children are also eligible if they accompany the fellow for at least one month during the research stay abroad. The travel allowance is not part of the grant agreement with the German university but is paid directly by DAAD.
Announcement of the call: May 2022
Application deadline: 31 August 2022
Selection result: early March 2023
Orientation seminar for new fellows: March/April 2023
Earliest starting date: 1 June 2023
Latest starting date: 1 November 2023
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