Call for Applications! - International Postdoc Initiative Scholarship at TU Berlin, GermanyPhD 01.10.2018
The International Postdoc Initiative (IPODI) of the Technische Universität Berlin is part of the gender equality initiative “Wissenschaftlerinnen an die Spitze” that aims at increasing the number of women in leadership positions. Since 2013, IPODI has awarded 26 two-year fellowships at TU Berlin to outstanding female researchers in four international open calls. The program addresses excellent female researchers, regardless of their nationality or age, and is open to applications from all fields of research represented at TU Berlin. Researchers returning from periods of international mobility (research outside Germany), mobility between sectors (work in the private sector) or non-academic mobility (e.g. after parental leave) are especially encouraged to apply. The fellowships are announced in internationally open calls for application and awarded through a merit-based international selection process.
From 2013 until June 2018, IPODI is co-funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Programme of the European Commission. Due to the great success of the program, TU Berlin decided to sponsor three additional calls for applications which will continue until 2022.
Each IPODI fellowship is different. Our fellows present a wide range of disciplines from architecture to mathematics. Furthermore, the researchers can take on a fellowship at different stages in their professional lifes. Some have just begun their post-doc period, others are already at the level of associate professor. IPODI offers them the means to do the necessary next steps to further their careers.
In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:
- The applicant may have no more than ten years of research experience after obtaining her doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent). In exceptional cases, an extension of up to three years is possible. Researchers with diverse career paths are explicitly invited to apply for an IPODI fellowship. Applications from researchers with periods of international mobility, mobility between sectors or non-academic mobility are especially welcome. IPODI perceives such career “breaks” as additional qualifications with respect to social and organizational skills and considers them within the eligibility criteria and selection process. Candidates with children are automatically granted an extension of the eligibility period of two years per child. The maximumextension to be granted is three years. Applicants are also able to present further circumstances that may lead to an extension of their eligibility period for application (e.g. care responsibilities, chronic disease, illness).
- The applicant may not have resided or carried out her main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the call deadline (Marie Curie Mobility Rule).
- The research proposal fits into one of the fields of research represented in one of the TU Berlin’s seven faculties and is supported by a cooperating professor at TU Berlin.
- The application has to be submitted in complete form by the deadline announced in the call for applications.
- Applications have to be submitted in English.
- IPODI fellows receive a two-year employment contract at TU Berlin with a competitive salary according to salary group E 13 of TVL, including social security and health insurance as well as pension coverage. In addition, each fellow receives a contribution to their research costs of €10,000.
- Each fellow is supported by an experienced mentor who is a professor at TU Berlin. The mentor supports the fellow with initiating and conducting her research project, facilitates the integration of the fellow into the research institute, and provides guidance with regard to research and career development
- IPODI fellows receive comprehensive training opportunities tailored to their individual needs. Workshops cover all aspects of management and leadership skills, academic career planning, and so forth. Fellows profit from the courses offered by TU Berlin, from TU Berlin’s research services as well as from the wider Berlin-wide network of research facilities. Fellows who are fluent in German are encouraged to participate in ProFiL, a renowned career program for female researchers. Furthermore, IPODI covers the costs for two German language classes per year.
- IPODI fellows have various opportunities to expand their professional networks. The IPODI office organizes regular meetings with other IPODI fellows. Fellows are also invited to the President's welcome reception for international guest researchers and they are able to attend scientific conferences and lectures taking place at the TU Berlin. With four universities and numerous research facilities, Berlin offers extensive professional resources for researchers from any discipline.
- TU Berlin is committed to creating a family-friendly working environment. Our family services office offers comprehensive advice and support for researchers with care responsibilities (e.g. childcare facilities, flexible working hours).
Applications have to be submitted in English in the IPODI application portal. In addition to completing the online application form, applicants are asked to upload a number of documents as part of their application. Required documents include:
- An innovative and independent research proposal (max. five pages) and a time plan demonstrating how the proposed objectives are to be achieved (max. one page),
- A letter of motivation detailing career perspectives and motivation to apply for IPODI,
- A completed ethical issues table,
- A letter of support of a cooperating professor of the TU Berlin,
- Two external letters of reference.
For further information, please refer to the IPODI guide for applications. IPODI asks applicants to use our template for the letter of support. Applicants must clearly state in advance whether ethical issues might arise and describe these in their proposals. Please consult the Marie Curie Ethics Guide for further guidance.