“Postdoc International” POINT Research Fellowship Program at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline: March 13th 2015

The “Postdoc International” POINT Research Fellowship program – co-financed by the German Excellence Initiative and the Marie Curie Program of the European Commission – provides funding for outstanding postdoctoral researchers from all disciplines to conduct their own research project at Freie Universität Berlin.

The POINT program was designed by Dahlem Research School (DRS) at Freie Universität Berlin to promote the further academic career development through research funding, a tailored qualification program and the opportunity to develop teaching and leadership skills. It also provides essential professional guidance on preparing grant proposals to support POINT fellows in obtaining funding for follow-up research projects at Freie Universität Berlin.


Starting in November 2015, each research fellowship will be awarded for 18 months. The call is open to experienced researchers of all disciplines and all nationalities who:

  • hold a doctoral degree (the dissertation must be submitted)
  • completed their doctoral degree no longer than 6 years before the deadline
  • have not resided in Germany for longer than 12 months during the last 36 months

Female postdoctoral researchers and returnees from phases of international, inter-sectoral and/or non-academic mobility (such as researching outside Germany, working for industry or a career break e.g. due to family reasons) are specifically encouraged to apply.

Applicants have to submit a project plan based around the research fields/ key topics of the participating Excellence Projects or Focus Areas.


  • 18 months research funding, starting November 2015 (latest possible start: January 2016)
  • An employment contract at level TV-L FU E13 (which refers to the collective agreement for the public area of Berlin and translates into an annual net salary of approx. 26.500 to 34.400 Euro, depending on previous work experience and marital status)
  • Social security and health insurance included
  • A total research allowance for the duration of the project of 10.800 Euro for non lab-based/ 16.200 Euro for field trip-based/ 21.600 Euro for lab-based projects
  • A monthly mobility allowance of 200 Euro and a one-time travel allowance
  • A fully funded intensive German course
  • A tailored qualification program, access to the Researcher Development Program and the Professional Development Program  delivered by Dahlem Research School


  • To apply, candidates need to register with the DRS online application platform on the DRS website.
  • Once registered, they should fill out the online application form and upload all required documents.
  • Incomplete applications and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Postdoc International” POINT Research Fellowship program


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