FRIAS Cofund Fellowship Programme (FCFP)
The Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship Programme (FCFP) contributes to the overarching aims of supporting researchers at crucial points in their careers and making research careers more attractive. Doing so, the objectives of the Marie S. Curie FCFP are in line with the objectives of the European Research Area (ERA) and the EU’s People Programme.
Offering fellowships with the focus on the needs of individual researchers, their individual mobility strategies and their personal research projects is an important addition to scientific networking. Fellowship stays of up to a year are the ideal instrument for building relationships of trust between like-minded researchers. Relationships of trust can form the basis for future collaborations and thus help to form ever more and closer links for cooperation and exchange. In this context, the Marie S. Curie FCFP especially benefits from the close proximity of Freiburg to France and Switzerland. FRIAS is an important cornerstone in strengthening both regional and international collaboration within the EUCOR network of universities in the Upper Rhine area. This is particularly true with respect to the universities of Basel and Strasbourg. FRIAS fellows enjoy every opportunity to engage with colleagues at these universities and have the possibility to participate in established research networks in many fields with colleagues from these institutions.
The Marie S. Curie FCFP addresses excellent researchers from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medicine and engineering. Under the Marie S. Curie FCFP, incoming fellows are placed within the strongest and most competitive research areas of the University of Freiburg. They are free to pursue their own research projects and are given the means to really push forward with their ideas.
The programme comprises one scheme directed at junior researchers (completed PhD plus one to six years post-doctoral experience) and one scheme directed at senior researchers (completed PhD plus a minimum of six years post-doctoral research experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position). FRIAS is committed to supporting junior researchers at a critical step in their career through a fellowship. However, one of the preconditions for the success in this respect is a diverse community of excellent fellows, including established and internationally renowned senior researchers from all over the world. This mix of different career levels and backgrounds proves very attractive for excellent, open-minded researchers.
In general, the senior scheme supports fellowships of three to ten months duration. Special reasons should be given for fellowships exceeding six months duration. In the junior scheme, researchers may apply for fellowships of twelve months. If – over the course of the fellowship – the junior fellows develop a collaboration with a non-academic partner institution in the region, they may apply for an extension of their fellowship for up to three months, provided they will closely work with and possibly even at this partner organisation (a company, a non-profit or cultural institution).
The determining selection criteria in the merit-based, internationally oriented, peer-review selection procedure are the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal. A personal qualification with regard to experience and capability to conduct the research project is also taken into account during the evaluation of the applications. A thematic proximity between the project and the research profile of the University of Freiburg is expected to guarantee an added value for conducting research within the Marie S. Curie FCFP.