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LMU Research Fellowships

LMU Munich recruits excellent junior academics from all over the world through the LMU Research Fellowships. LMU Munich first advertised these attractively endowed Research Fellowships in 2009. The fellowships are intended for candidates from all fields of research who have completed their doctoral studies with outstanding results. Fellows are given the opportunity to carry out their own independent research project at LMU and to expand their academic profile.

So far, the program has been a great success internationally: As a result of the first five calls for applications, a total of 45 fellowships have been awarded to highly qualified candidates from all over the world and various disciplines – 30 from the Humanities and Social Sciences, 15 from the Natural Sciences and Medicine. 71% of the fellows have come from renowned institutions abroad.

In 2017, LMU secured funding from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND scheme of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program for its LMU Research Fellowships. The next call for applications will be advertised in international media and on the LMU website in October 2017. LMU will offer two fellowship schemes: the Incoming LMU Research Fellowships and the Outgoing LMU Research Fellowships. Both schemes are designed to promote the mobility of early-career postdoctoral researchers and to support them in building international networks of collaboration.

Incoming LMU Research Fellowships

The incoming fellowships are directed at outstanding international junior researchers who have completed their doctorate in the last three years. As part of their two-year fellowship at LMU, fellows will undertake research stays of three to six months at an international academic partner organization chosen by them or collaborate with a non-academic partner organization as part of a cross-sectoral research project. In exceptional cases, an additional year of funding may be granted.

Outgoing LMU Research Fellowships

The outgoing fellowships are directed at outstanding junior researchers who have completed their doctorate at LMU in the last twelve months or are about to do so. As part of their fellowship, fellows will initially spend one year at a partner organization outside of the European Union chosen by them and will return to LMU for an additional year to complete their projects. In exceptional cases, the outgoing phase can be extended to two years.

Incoming and Outgoing LMU Research Fellows receive an attractive salary and a generous research budget. The fellows are well-integrated into the University. They are provided with workplaces within one of the Faculties and may also become involved in teaching. They are supported by professors who act as their academic mentors and provide the researchers with the necessary infrastructure to carry out their projects. As members of the Young Center, Fellows are also associated with the Center for Advanced Studies and may make use of its various services.

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EU Emblem This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754388.

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