Einstein Visiting Fellow - Einstein Foundation

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The Einstein Visiting Fellowship aims to enhance the international profile of universities and research institutions in Berlin by involving leading scientists and scholars from abroad in long-term academic research collaborations. The programme primarily targets researchers whose expertise can sustainably promote specific areas of academic excellence in Berlin. In contrast to typical visiting researchers who stay at an institution for one semester, the goal of the Einstein Visiting Fellowship is to integrate Fellows into Berlin's academic landscape on a sustainable basis.

Einstein Visiting Fellows are expected to set up a working group in Berlin in consultation with their hosts and come to Berlin at least three times a year for several weeks or once per year for more than five months to work with the group and be available for junior researchers. Whilst in Berlin, Visiting Fellows also work on joint projects with other researchers and run courses and other events in agreement with their host institutions.

FUNDING PERIOD

Funding is provided for a period of three years. At the end of this period, an application for two further years may be submitted. The respective scientist or scholar will hold the title of "Einstein Visiting Fellow".

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants are required to use the application forms provided by the Einstein Foundation. Applications may be submitted twice a year in any discipline by the dates posted on the Foundation’s website. If individual host institutions have internal deadlines for applications to the Einstein Foundation, applicants should liaise with the contact person at their institution well in advance. Funding applications must include the following:

The Einstein Visiting Fellow’s name, curriculum vitae and list of publications. An explanation of the importance of the Einstein Visiting Fellowship to the host institution including information on.

Eligibility

Applications may be submitted by Berlin-based Clusters of Excellence or Graduate Schools and by Einstein Centres. Also eligible are DFG Research Centres and Collaborative Research Centres if they have at least three years left of their maximum funding period. All applications must be endorsed by the management of the host university or Charité.

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Benefits

The Foundation will provide up to € 450,000 for three years, primarily for establishing a working group in Berlin, including for example a postdoctoral positions permanently present in Berlin, who can take over managerial functions for the group. The funds may also be used for:  an appropriate expense allowance for the Einstein Visiting Fellow in accordance with the regulations governing the host institution, to be based on the Fellow’s qualifications and position in his or her home country; expenses for material resources as deemed necessary by the Fellow for his or her research project. The host university or CharitĂ© will provide the space and infrastructure required. There is no contractual relationship between the Einstein Foundation and Einstein Visiting Fellows. All necessary arrangements must be agreed between the institution submitting the application and the Fellow personally.

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