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Important dates

Call opens:

9 December 2019

Call closes:

1 March 2020,

midnight CET

Dates for participants in the 2020 round
end of March 2020 Invitation to the exploration week at KIT
11 May to 15 May 2020 Exploration week at KIT
mid-June 2020 Final notification about acceptance

 

Contacts

E-Mail: yigprepproTth0∂peba kit edu

Questions concerning YIG Prep Pro:

Simone Beyerlin, Katrin Klink, Mona Schulze (PEBA)

Questions relating to specific funding instruments:

Janine Maurer (Research Office)

 

 

Young Investigator Group Preparation Program (YIG Prep Pro)

KIT aims to increase the number of junior research groups and junior professorships.

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.

YIG Prep Pro provides the best conditions for writing a successful proposal for a third-party funded junior research group and to qualify you for an academic career with the goal of becoming a professor.

KIT offers you funding and mentorship to pursue your research idea and prepare a proposal for your own third-party funded junior research group.

For successful candidates who establish a third-party funded junior research group at KIT, a suitable junior professorship with or without tenure track will be advertised. Our experts will assist you in a tailored program that will qualify you for a successful academic career with the aim of becoming a professor.

 

Target groups 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.

1) 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).

Requirements:

YIG Prep Pro focuses on the international recruitment of outstanding early career researchers. In particular, applications are expected within a period of 1-3 years after completion of the doctorate. 0-4 years after the doctorate might also be considered in the selection process (the relevant cut-off date is the end of the call period, March 1st, 2020). For further details, please refer to “Who can apply”.

2) 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.  

Requirements:

YIG Prep Pro focuses on the international recruitment of outstanding early career researchers. In particular, applications are expected within a period of 1-3 years after completion of the doctorate. 0-4 years after the doctorate might also be considered in the selection process (the relevant cut-off date is the end of the call period, March 1st, 2020). For further details, please refer to “Who can apply”.

3) YIG Prep Pro Fellowship for KIT Postdocs

Focus and Scope:

Postdocs who are already working at KIT are eligible to apply within the first 6 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. 

Requirements:

YIG Prep Pro focuses on the international recruitment of outstanding early career researchers. In particular a period of 1-3 years after the doctorate is desired for the application. 0-4 years after the doctorate might also be considered in the selection process (the relevant cut-off date is the end of the call period, March 1st, 2020). Substantial international research experience as PhD candidate and/or postdoc is required and you should not have been at KIT for more than 6 months at the beginning of the call for applications (December 9th, 2019). Please find further details in “Who can apply”.

Selection process

The selection process has two stages:

  1. Pre-selection based on the written applications
  2. Final Selection during the Exploration Week based on the 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 an Exploration Week at KIT. The Exploration Week has three goals:

  • Getting to know KIT and its research environment as well as getting information on research funding in Germany.
  • Professional exchange on your research idea for your own junior research group with relevant people of your potential host institute as well as discussing the integration of your research idea into the KIT environment.
  • Final selection of YIG Prep Pro Fellows on the basis of the presentation of your research topic to an interdisciplinary experts committee at the end of the Exploration Week. Please note that you need the support of an institute 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 during the Exploration Week* by the institute and is mandatory for participation in the final selection. (*Exception: Candidates who apply for YIG Prep Pro Fellowship for KIT Postdocs must submit the letter of support together with the application.)

The results of the final selection will be communicated in mid-June 2020.

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
    At the beginning of the YIG Prep Pro, an individual development plan with professional and interpersonal competencies will be elaborated. This qualification plan consists of individual coaching and various further education offers.

  • 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).
Long-term perspective towards an academic career:
For candidates who successfully establish a third-party funded junior research group at KIT, a suitable junior professorship with or without tenure track will be advertised.
Who can apply? 
 Early career researchers of all disciplines:
  • International researchers, in particular 1 to 3 years after the completion of the doctorate. Applications 0 to 4 years after doctorate will also be accepted. German 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: http://www.kit.edu/kit/english/institutes.php)

  • 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.
How to apply
Application documents
  • Fill in the 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: http://www.kit.edu/kit/english/institutes.php) We strongly recommend thtat you contact the head of the institute you are interested in before you apply to discuss your options.
  • Your CV in tabular form including research and teaching experience (no more than two 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 five pages).
  • University degree certificates, doctoral degree certificate
  • For candidates already based at KIT: Please include a letter of support from your institute and a short confirmation that your research group can be established there.
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

 

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.
  • For successful fellows who establish a third-party funded junior research group at KIT, a suitable junior professorship with or without tenure track will be advertised.
  • 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.