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 offers you funding and mentorship to work on your research idea and prepare a proposal for your own third-party funded junior research group.
In case your proposal for a junior research group is successful and you meet the formal preconditions, you will be offered a junior professorship position with or without tenure track.
Our experts will assist you in a tailored program that will qualify you for a successful academic career and a tenure-track professorship.
- If you plan to spend a postdoc phase at KIT, the funding includes your own position, initial investments for equipment as well as your own budget for consumables for a period of two years. After submission of your junior research group proposal in the second year, bridge funding can be provided for a third year until the decision on the proposal is made.
- 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 that will establish your junior research group at KIT.
- As a postdoc at KIT, you can apply for YIG Prep Pro and receive individual mentoring and support in writing a proposal for a junior research group with KIT as host institution. Funding of your own position is not possible.
- 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 coaching
Our experts assist you in writing a proposal for a 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.
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).
- Especially international researchers, in particular one to four years after the completion of the doctorate. 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 (find out more about research at KIT: https://www.kit.edu/research/index.php )
- With a very strong scientific track record, including publications in respected international journals, qualifying you 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, you are supposed to actively develop your skills and personality as a researcher.
- Once the proposal for third-party funding of a junior research group is successful: Applicants from abroad 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.
- Your CV in tabular form including teaching experience. The date of the doctorate and the dates of birth of any children must be indicated in the CV (no more than two pages).
- List of Publications (please distinguish between peer-reviewed publications and other publications. Please mark the publications which 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). Please indicate for which funding instruments (e.g. Emmy Noether Program, Helmholtz Young Investigator Group, ERC Starting Grant, BMBF funded group or other) you would like to hand in a proposal for your own junior research group.
- Letter of motivation (max. one page)
- University degree certificates, doctoral degree certificate
- For external applicants: Please indicate at least one institute at KIT that matches your field of research and your research idea. It is helpful to contact the heads of institutes you are interested in before you apply.
- For internal candidates: Please include a letter of support from your institute and a short statement that your research group can be established there if your proposal is successful.
Your benefits at a glance
- The funding includes your own position as well as initial investments for equipment and your own budget for consumables for at least a period of two years.
- Successful participants have the opportunity to obtain a junior professorship position with or without tenure track.
- 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 free to contact the heads of institutes you are interested in before you apply.
- The establishment of a junior research group at KIT is an important step on your career path towards a professorship.
- Individual support in writing a successful proposal for a third-party funded junior research group.