LMU welcomes Research Fellows
The Research Fellowships are financed from the funds made available for the realization of the LMUexcellent strategy, and they cover both equipment and travel costs, among other things. In effect, the program allows junior researchers to pursue their own scientific interests from an early stage in their careers, without having to compete for grants from external agencies. A so-called Supporting Professor is assigned to each Fellow for the duration of her stay at LMU. This person provides scientific expertise and advice, and helps the Fellow to integrate into his host faculty. Fellows can also participate in the teaching program of their faculty and may offer courses of their own design, if they so wish. In addition, the Young Center at the CAS facilitates interdisciplinary networking between Research Fellows, and offers them a wide range of useful services. These include the infrastructure for the organization of scientific events, participation in Workshops and Summer Schools and the handling of administrative matters. The Young Center also gives Research Fellows excellent opportunities to form working partnerships with other talented LMU researchers, as it also counts holders of other prestigious awards among its members. In addition, as members of the CAS, Fellows can participate in a diverse calendar of events, allowing them to engage in scientific discussions and exchange ideas with experienced scholars, and helping them to further develop their careers by stimulating new approaches to their own research.
The first group of Fellows – from Europe, the USA, Israel and Australia – took up their research projects at LMU last autumn. Two-thirds of them work in the humanities and social sciences. After two years, the research performed by the Fellows is subjected to expert evaluation. If the outcome of this assessment is positive, Fellowships may be extended for a further two years.