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The Agnes Pockels Fellowship sponsors highly-qualified external researchers by offering additional funding for personnel and material costs over a period of three years. This grant is open to external scientists who have previously won highly-competitive third-party research programmes.

The call addresses outstanding scientists up to eight years after their doctorate who, at the time of their application, are grant holders of one of the following highly competitive programmes:

  • Emmy Noether Programme (DFG)
  • Starting und Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC)
  • BMBF Junior Research Groups
  • Heisenberg- Programme (DFG)
  • Liebig Fellowship (Fonds der Chemischen Industrie)
  • Sofia Kovalevskaya Award Winners (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
  • Helmholtz - Young Investigator Groups (The Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups must be located at TU Braunschweig)
  • Max Eder Young Investigator Groups (Deutsche Krebshilfe)

Applications of candidates holding other awards are also welcome and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The aim is to provide an environment that promotes their academic career and international visibility through an excellent infrastructure. Furthermore, the fellows have the opportunity to cooperate with prestigious local research institutions and thus extend their research network.

With its Agnes-Pockels-Fellowship TU Braunschweig supports research activities of scientists in the early stage of their career with up to 120.000€ / 3 years.

Application and Evaluation Process

Applications for a Fellowship are possible at any time and must be submitted jointly with a mentor. Only professors of TU Braunschweig are eligible as mentors.

A statement of the mentor regarding the candidate's suitability, as well as a commitment that the necessary infrastructure is available for the applicant, must be submitted as part of the application.

The application documents have to include the proof of doctorate, proof of grant award, name and institute of the mentor at TU Braunschweig, application form (see below), a motivation letter (1-2 pages) outlining the applicants interest to continue his / her research at TU Braunschweig together with an outline of the envisaged research activities and how they fit into TU Braunschweig's research focus areas, and a statement of the TU Braunschweig mentor (see application form).

Applicants will be informed about their application within 4 weeks after submission, short listed candidates will be invited for interviews which may be held by telephone / Skype if necessary.