Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Young Investigator Group Preparation Program (YIG Prep Pro)

Are you an early career researcher with a promising research idea? Apply now for the Young Investigator Group Preparation Program at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.

KIT aims to increase the number of junior research groups and junior professorships. YIG Prep Pro provides the best conditions for writing a successful proposal for a third-party funded junior research group. KIT offers you funding and mentorship to pursue your research idea and prepare a proposal for your own third-party funded junior research group. Our experts will assist you in a tailored program that will qualify you for a successful academic career with the goal of becoming a professor.

Your benefits at a glance

  • The establishment of a junior research group at KIT is an important step on your career path towards a professorship and guarantees independence at an early stage in your academic career.
  • You will be part of an excellent research environment in which you can realize your research idea.
  • KIT's specialized depth and interdisciplinary range in research and teaching ensures the best possible professional integration of your research project. Feel invited to contact the heads of institutes you are interested in before you apply for the YIG Prep Pro.
  • Individual support in writing a successful proposal for a third-party funded junior research group.

Program Details

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Target Group and Funding

A support scheme with three different fellowship options with special advantages is offered in the YIG Prep Pro as follows. Please note that the choice of fellowship option must be stated on the application form.

YIG Prep Pro Funded Fellowship for International Postdocs

Focus and Scope:

This option requires you to spend a postdoc phase at KIT. The funding includes your own position (full-time), initial investments for equipment as well as your own budget for consumables for a period of two years to boost your research project. (Bridge funding can be provided for a third year while your submitted proposals are being processed). For further details, please refer to “Who can apply”.

YIG Prep Pro Remote Fellowship for International Postdocs

Focus and Scope:

If you are currently affiliated with an institution abroad, KIT offers remote mentorship and support. This option assumes you already have your own funding and will involve KIT experts who support you in preparing the proposal for a third-party funded junior research group to be established at KIT. Twice per program year, the travel expenses for a guest stay at KIT will be covered. For further details, please refer to “Who can apply".

YIG Prep Pro Fellowship for KIT Postdocs

Focus and Scope:

Postdocs who are already working at KIT are eligible to apply within the first 9 months after the start of their employment. The funding includes initial investments for equipment as well as your own budget for consumables for a period of two years to boost your research project. The program offers individual mentoring and support for writing a proposal for a junior research group that lists KIT as the host institution. Please find further details in “Who can apply”.

Selection Process

The selection process has two stages:

  • Pre-selection based on the written applications
  • Final Selection based on an online presentation of your research idea to the experts committee

After the submission deadline of the call, all applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary experts committee. Candidates who successfully pass this pre-selection will be invited to the final selection round. Please note that you need the support of an institutte at KIT to participate in the final selection.

The support of your application and the cooperation within the YIG Prep Pro Fellowship as well as the admission of the junior research group to the institute must be confirmed in a letter of support. This letter of support must be submitted by the institute before the final online presentation (at the latest by 25 April 2021) - it is mandatory for participation in the final selection.

The results of the final selection will be communicated in mid-June 2021.

Program Content

Individual mentorship and support:

Individual mentorship and support within the YIG Prep Pro consists of four main interlinked elements:

  • Professional mentor
    Your host institute will provide a professional mentor who will give you advice on important next steps to take on your scientific career path and support you in establishing a professional network.
  • Proposal advice and consultation
    Our experts will assist you in writing a proposal for a third-party funded junior research group through individual consultations, intensive and individual feedback on your proposal, through consulting on suitable funding instruments and presentation coaching.
  • Individual training program
    For YIG Prep Pro fellows a tailor-made development program is offered. It consists of individual coaching and various further workshop offers. Furthermore, an individual development plan with professional and interpersonal competencies can be elaborated together with the HR department.
  • Network
    Take advantage of the YIG Prep Pro network and exchange your experience with other researchers in peer-coaching sessions or with the independent Young Investigator Network (YIN; KIT's network of researchers who successfully acquired funding for their own junior research group).

Who can apply?

Early career researchers of all disciplines:

  • International researchers, in particular 0 to 3 years after the completion of the doctorate (the relevant cut-off date is the end of the call period, 28 February 2021; phases of parental leave will be considered)
  • Applicants should have substantial international research experience (as PhD candidate and/or postdoc).
  • With a promising research project idea in a research field that is relevant to KIT (institutes at KIT and Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC))
  • With a very strong scientific track record, including publications in respected international journals, qualifying to provide academic leadership to members of a junior research group or showing great promise to do so in the near future. The length of postdoc experience will be taken into account.
  • Characterized by remarkable communication skills and a cooperative working style as well as analytical and project management skills. Apart from the willingness to take on responsibility, active development of skills and personality as a researcher is expected.
  • Once the proposal for third-party funding of a junior research group is successful: All YIG Prep Pro Fellows are expected to establish their junior research group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
  • Prepared to move to Germany for a longer period of time
  • Only if you want to apply for the YIG Prep Pro Fellowship for KIT Postdocs: Researchers should not have been at KIT for more than 9 months at the end of the call for applications (28 February 2021).

 

How to apply?

Application documents

  • Application form including the desired fellowship option: It is important that you indicate an institute with a contact person at KIT that matches your research idea and that could also be a suitable host institute for preparing and establishing your junior research group (institutes at KIT and Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC)). We strongly recommend that you contact the head of the institute you are interested in before you apply to discuss your options.
  • CV in tabular form: Please include your research and teaching experience (no more than 2 pages).
  • List of publications: Please distinguish between peer-reviewed publications and other publications. Please mark the publications that are relevant as preliminary work for the planned project with a star “*”.
  • Brief outline of your research idea: Please provide your approach on how the project can be integrated within the research environment at KIT (up to 5 pages + references).
  • Certificates: University degree and doctoral degree certificates (or notarized copy using the Latin alphabet)

Please submit all documents in English in the stated order (one PDF; no larger than 3 MB).

Please send your complete application documents to: yigpreppro∂peba.kit.edu

The call for 2021 is open from 16 December 2020 until 28 February 2021.

Important Dates

  • by 28 February 2021
    Call for applications closes at 11:59 pm CET.
  • by 5 April 2021
    Invitations to final selection round and further exchange with potential host institute
  • by end of April 2021
    Planning further steps with potential host institute
  • at the latest by 25 April 2021
    Letter of support needs to be sent by your host institute to yigpreppro∂peba.kit.edu
  • 5 or 19 May 2021
    Personal online presentation in the final selection round (depending on target group)
  • mid-June 2021
    Final notification about acceptance
  • in the following months: start of fellowship

Contact

Email: yigpreppro∂peba.kit.edu

  • Questions concerning YIG Prep Pro:
    Ines Köhler, Madita Schneider (PEBA)
  • Questions relating to specific funding instruments:
    Janine Maurer (Research Office)