ERA Fellowships - Overview

As part of the national strategy for the European Research Area (ERA), Germany is expanding its collaboration with the EU13 member states. These include Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The ERA Fellowships programme supports capacity building in the field of science management in the EU13 and strengthens networking with German research organisations and universities.

Time period:
From 6 weeks (minimum term) starting 1 September 2016 up to 3 months (maximum term).

Number of funded guest stays:
26 at maximum (at least one fellowship per EU13 state is envisaged)

Application period:
20 November 2015 until 29 February 2016, extended until 8 April 2016
Please note:  The call for applications for the ERA Fellowships is now closed. Thank your for your interest in this programme.
The selected host institutions will be informed once the evaluation process is finalised.

Who is it for?

The programme is designed for science managers (middle administrative management level) from research organisations, research funding organisations or higher education institutions in EU13 states (EU13 fellows) and German research organisations, research funding organisations or higher education institutions (host organisations) interested in exchanging knowledge or establishing / expanding a network.

How does it work? Theory and practice

Guest stay: During their guest stay at a German science organisation or higher education institution, the EU13 fellows gather practical experience in science management. They will get in-depth insights and exchange views on scientific management procedures and processes on an expert level. Before a fellowship begins, a structured training concept will be agreed with the German host institution.

Campus weeks: In addition to the guest stay at a host organisation, the ERA Fellowships programme features a theoretical part. An attractive programme awaits the participants on campus: Structured in "thematic days" on, inter alia, knowledge transfer, EU research funding, or internationalization, the campus weeks will provide opportunities for learning, the exchange of experiences and intensive networking. German experts will lead discussions and study trips. The weeks on campus are part of the programme, so participation is obligatory for the EU13 fellows. Colleagues from the German host organisations are welcome to participate in the activities subject to the availability of seats.

Campus week 1
Time period: 1-9 September 2016
Venue: Bonn

Campus week 2
Time period: 10-14 October 2016
Venue: Berlin

Information on venues, accommodation and programme will be made available in due course.