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St Petersburg University and Freie Universität Berlin Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

First Call for Applications 2019–2020

In the framework of their strategic partnership, St Petersburg University and Freie Universität Berlin have established a Joint Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. Annually, two Joint Postdoctoral Fellowships are offered for highly qualified, early career post-doctoral researchers.

Each fellowship is awarded for 24 months. The first fellowships will be awarded starting on October 1, 2019, consisting of two phases:

Phase 1: 12 months of research at Freie Universität Berlin

Phase 2: 12 months of research at St Petersburg University

(or vice versa)

The call is open to all disciplines, thematic or subject areas that exist at both universities or are complementary. The applicants must identify and secure the endorsement of two tenured faculty members, one at each university, who will serve as host supervisors. The Postdoctoral Fellows will conduct their research projects under the joint supervision of Freie Universität Berlin and St Petersburg University experienced researchers.

Announcement of the Competition for the SPbU and the Free University of Berlin Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program




For the 12-month stay at FUB:

A monthly stipend of 1,853 Euro and a one-time relocation allowance of 1,000 Euro in case the Postdoc has to move to Berlin for the Postdoc position. The fellows will further have access to the Researcher Development Programme of the Dahlem Research School at FUB.

For the 12-month stay at SPbU:

A monthly stipend of 60,000 roubles and a one-time relocation allowance of 60,000 roubles, in case the Postdoc has to move to St Petersburg for the Postdoc position. Postdoctoral Fellows may pay to live in the SPbU guesthouse [if available], or choose to receive additional 20,000 roubles per month and find accommodation themselves. The Postdoctoral Fellows will further be eligible to apply for travel funding and have access to the Resource Centers of SPbU. The scientific supervisors at SPbU have the right to offer their Postdoctoral Fellows additional funding from their grants.

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria:

The Fellowship is open to highly qualified researchers of all nationalities who received their Ph. D. no more than three years prior to the deadline of this call. Candidates who acquired their Ph. D. prior to that date may also apply if there was an eligible lapse in their research activity (e. g. family responsibilities). The programme is open to both internal and external candidates. Applicants holding a tenure or tenure-track faculty position are not eligible.

Selection criteria are based on the academic excellence of the applicant, the quality of the proposed research project, the compelling demonstration of the anticipated synergy of a joint Postdoc, the expected number of publications with co-affiliation with SPbU and FUB, and the commitment of the respective supervisors at both universities.

The excellent research proposal should include a research plan that indicates where the Fellow will commence the postdoctoral research and how the project will profit from the research environments of both institutions.

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019 (Applications submitted after this date will not be considered).

Applications have to be prepared in English and must include:

  • Research proposal and time plan (max. 10 pages in total including all references/figures/tables), including information on expected number of publications with co-affiliation with SPbU und FUB in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Concise Curriculum Vitae with a list of principal publications (max. 4 pages in total).
  • A clear plan how the candidate wants to structure the 24-month fellowship and where he/she wants to start (St Petersburg or Berlin).
  • Two recommendation letters (including one from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor) — can be sent directly to the below coordinators if the referees prefer.
  • Two explicit endorsement letters by the potential host supervisors at Freie Universität Berlin and St Petersburg University, including detailed reference to the added value for the research project, the benefits stemming from their joint supervision, and a clear statement of commitment regarding the physical and intellectual research environment that the supervisors will provide to the fellow.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Applicants can consult SPbU’s website and FUB’s departmental websites to research potential hosts.

Freie Universität Berlin and St Petersburg University will inform the candidates on the selection committee’s decision within three months of the application deadline.



The complete application (in pdf format, one file) should be submitted simultaneously by email to:

Hans-Martin Meis,

Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universität Berlin

hans-martin. meis@fu-berlin. de


Julia Ditmar,

International Research & Technology Department, St Petersburg University

j. ditmar@spbu. ru

Due to internal regulations at SPbU, candidates are asked to apply for the Joint Postdoctoral Programme also via the SPBU PURE system. Please follow the instructions on how to register and apply.