College for Life Sciences: Short-term Fellowships

Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Dec 2, 2019

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Must travel to: Germany

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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The Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin was founded in 1981. The purpose of the Kolleg is to offer scholars and scientists the opportunity to concentrate on projects of their own choice for one academic year, free from administrative duties.  

The Kolleg makes a point of creating a balanced mixture of both distinguished senior scholars and promising younger researchers, drawn from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. 
The Rector and his staff aspire to provide optimal working conditions so that Fellows may devote themselves completely to their research and profit from the unforeseeable stimulation, and even creative provocation, that a diverse community of scholars can offer.

The College for Life Sciences offers Short-term Fellowships for early-career post-doctoral life scientists. You will live and work on the campus of the Wissenschaftskolleg and attend the weekly colloquia held by leading scholars in various fields, which can help to broaden your horizon and think about your own research from a new perspective. The meals will provide time to discuss your research with scientists from all kinds of backgrounds and provide you with new and unexpected views and ideas.

Within the College for Life Sciences, you will profit from discussions with peers at similar career stages. Outstanding young life scientists awarded by the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) with the John Maynard Smith Prize will join and further enrich the College for Life Sciences. We offer to organize workshops and to present your research to the regular Fellows of the Wissenschaftskolleg or to facilitate your visit to laboratories in Berlin.

We offer:
  • a stipend covering your prior salary, studio accommodation on the campus of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and access to its library and IT services
  • daily meetings and lively discussions with all Fellows
  • weekly colloquia
  • annually changing focus groups on contemporary scientific questions
  • scientific exchange with the research community of Berlin, Germany and beyond
  • the possibility to invite your scientists of interest to the Wissenschaftskolleg
  • the possibility to organize workshops on scientific topics you are interested in and to invite related scientists

We invite Fellows for up to 6 months to work and live at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin during the academic year (September-July). The College is embedded in the regular Fellowship program and therefore officially starts in September, when all Fellows of the Wissenschaftskolleg arrive.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We invite applications from all life scientists who have obtained their Ph.D
  • We foster postdoctoral fellows up to the level of lecturer, junior/assistant professors, and junior principal investigators working in all life science disciplines.
  • There are no restrictions regarding life science discipline, nationality, or age.


  • If you have been a principal investigator for longer than five years, though, you are advised to apply for a regular Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg.
  • Applications from scientists working at institutions in Berlin cannot be taken into consideration.
  • We do not offer any lab space.
    • However, you are strongly encouraged to develop interactions with the life science community in Berlin, to explore new laboratories, techniques, equipment, etc.