The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) is the University of Freiburg’s international research college. It is at the centre of a very active research community and has since its creation in 2008 acquired an international reputation for academic excellence. The Institute supports innovative research projects through individual and group fellowships.

Senior fellowships are available to researchers from any nationality and discipline based in Freiburg, Germany and abroad. Fellowships are available for 3 to 8 months between September 1st, 2024 and August 31st, 2025).
Applicants must have a completed PhD plus a minimum of eight years of post-doctoral
experience or a tenured professorship or equivalent permanent position. Fellowships will allow researchers to conduct their own research projects. Since one of the aims of FRIAS is to foster cross-disciplinary communication, full-time presence at FRIAS is mandatory.

In general, all fellowships will be awarded to individuals with challenging and innovative research projects of top academic quality through a highly competitive, strictly merit-based selection process (expected success rate: ~15% of eligible applications). The all-important selection criterion is the academic excellence of both the applicant and the project proposal. Personal qualifications with regard to experience and capability to conduct the research project will also be considered during the evaluation of the applications. FRIAS welcomes applications from any discipline that can be supported at the University of Freiburg. Applicants are invited to apply from any nationality and any home institution, including the University of Freiburg. FRIAS encourages applicants to learn more about the University of Freiburg’s profile of particular research strengths.
Applicants must have either (a) six months’ research experience after their PhD at academic institution(s) in a country different from the country of their first academic degree OR (b) received a Master/PhD/ received tenure or equivalent in a country different from the country of their first academic degree. Short stays such as holidays, conferences or summer schools are not considered.

Successful applicants will become FRIAS Fellows with all the corresponding rights and
obligations for the requested funding period. Fellows with an employment contract at their home institution will receive a mobility allowance if applicable to compensate them for the extra costs of their stay in Freiburg. A reimbursement of teaching replacement costs throughout the fellowship up to the level of a W2 professorship is possible. Fellows without an employment contract at their home institution will obtain an attractive salary (W2, 100%). Each Fellow will additionally receive a research cost contribution and will be reimbursed for the travel costs of the inbound and the outbound journey (if applicable). If eligible, Fellows accompanied by at least one child receive an additional monthly family allowance.

Please upload the completed Senior Fellowship application form together with the required documents via the application portal for Senior fellowships ( and submit the complete application by September 15th, 2023; 13.00 h CET.
Information about the programme, the application and the selection process (required
documents, guidelines on eligibility, evaluation criteria, timeline and stages of the selection process) is provided at:
For further details please contact us at FRIAS via e-mail

FRIAS unites research in the humanities and social sciences, the natural and life sciences, engineering, and medicine. The Institute supports academic exchange across existing boundaries: between disciplines, between different cultures and countries, between established and younger researchers. Furthermore, FRIAS engages in activities opening the research community to society and politics. Fellows will be part of this community and benefit from the lively research environment of the university and its eleven faculties. The Institute provides fellows with modern office spaces and an up-to-date infrastructure. Experimental scientists – prior to submission of the application – are required to identify a host laboratory in Freiburg where their research projects can be carried out. Accommodation is available through the university guest house and additional centrally-located apartments. Fellows have full access to all library services at one of the leading German university libraries. Special attention is given to fellows who plan to come to Freiburg with their families. FRIAS makes every effort to provide tailor-made solutions with regard to suitable accommodation, child care and educational facilities. FRIAS is located in a truly European region, close to both France and Switzerland, with close research ties to the universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France).
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