Research Groups at ZiF Bielefeld

The ZiF offers the opportunity to establish an interdisciplinary Research Group in the academic year 2021/22.  For several months up to one year fellows reside at the ZiF and work together on a broader research theme. ZiF provides funding, support by a research group coordinator, and a professional infrastructure (i.e. accommodation, conference facilities).

The Research Group may be applied for in two different formats:

  • Research Group with a duration of 10 months and a budget of 500.000 €
  • Research Group with a duration of 5 months and a budget of 250.000 €

Applications for organising a ZiF Research Group may be submitted by any scholar from Germany or abroad. In the initial phase, a draft proposal for a Research Group (up to 5 pages) is required. In a second phase, invitations to submit full proposals will be issued. Draft proposals should be received by the Executive Director of the ZiF, Prof. Dr Véronique Zanetti, by 1 October 2019 at the latest.

The ZiF is an internationally operating Institute for Advanced Study which has been housing and supporting interdisciplinary research projects from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences since 1968. The proximity of the university campus creates excellent working conditions and facilitates contacts among scientists and scholars beyond their collaboration at the ZiF.

Application and Decision Procedure

Once a year, an open competitive Call for Project Proposals is advertised.

  • 1 October: deadline for draft proposal
  • November: in case of a positive evaluation of the draft proposal, applicants are encouraged to submit a full proposal
  • 1 April of the following year: deadline for full proposal
  • June: project presentation by applicant(s) to the ZiF Advisory Council
  • July: funding decision by the ZiF Board of Directors
  • From October on: employment of the research group coordinator and preparatory activities
  • October of the following year: start of the RG’s period of residence

Application

An application can be submitted by any scholar from Germany or abroad holding a doctoral degree.

Draft proposals can be submitted in German or English. Full proposals should preferably be submitted in the correspondence language of the RG (German or English).

Innovativity and interdisciplinarity of the project should be clearly indicated. Different academic backgrounds of potential fellows are required, but interdisciplinarity should be substantiated more comprehensively.

The following questions should be addressed in the proposal:

  • What is the special academic relevance and innovativity of the intended project? What specific objects are to be pursued? To what extent is an interdisciplinary approach required and reflected in the composition of the group?
  • What are the specific qualifications of potential fellows? What academic benefit is to be expected by a cooperation of those scholars?
  • What kind of essential research output is to be expected at the close of the project? What academic output is to be expected on a long-term basis?
  • In which way will the Fellows’ cooperation be organised during the project?

In detail, the following information is required:

For the draft proposal (maximum 5 pages plus annexes):

  • Cover sheet
    • short, meaningful project title
    • intended timeframe
    • names and complete addresses of convenor(s) and, where applicable, the main
    • contact person
  • Summary in German and English (10 to 15 lines each)
  • Presentation of the project (3-4 pages)
    • subject and problems to be dealt with
    • working methods
    • current state of research on the international level and an account of the applicants’ preparatory work for the project
  • List of potential Fellows
    • complete first and last name, titles (Mrs/Mr, academic title)
    • complete address (department/faculty, university, street address/PO box, postcode and town, country)
    • email address
    • discipline
    • each scholar’s main focus of work
    • whether the Fellows are 1) confirmed, 2) invited or 3) intended to be invited by the applicants

Although, at this stage, it is difficult to give definite details regarding the participation of individual Fellows, scholars should be nominated whose participation is considered essential and who have declared their interest in joining the RG.

  • Brief curriculum vitae of the applicant(s), not of the Fellows, including their latest project-related publications (maximum 2 pages each)

For a full proposal (maximum 20 pages and annex):

  • Cover sheet
    • short, meaningful project title
    • intended timeframe
    • names and complete addresses of convenor(s) and, where applicable, the main contact person
  • Summary in German and English (1 to 2 pages)
  • Detailed presentation of the project (maximum 15 pages)
    • subject and problems to be dealt with
    • working methods
    • current state of research on the international level and an account of the applicants’ preparatory work for the project
    • details on planning and structure of the project
    • planned workshops during the project
  • List of potential Fellows
    • complete first and last name, titles (Mrs/Mr, academic title)
    • complete address (department/faculty, university, street address/PO box, postcode and town, country)
    • email address
    • discipline
    • each scholar’s main focus of work
    • whether the Fellows are 1) confirmed, 2) invited or 3) intended to be invited by the applicants

Although at this stage it is difficult to give definite details regarding the participation of individual Fellows, scholars should be nominated whose participation is considered essential and who have declared their interest in joining the RG.

  • Brief curriculum vitae of the applicant(s), not of the Fellows, including their latest project-related publications (maximum 2 pages each)
  • It is not necessary to submit a detailed budget. If the RG is additionally supported by other sources , the application should contain details about the funding agency, the volume of funds applied for and the current state of negotiations. Applicants should also update the ZiF administration about possible modifications in the course of the application procedure.

In any case, it is advisable to contact the ZiF at an early stage in order to discuss a suitable period for the RG with regard to longer-term planning.

Date de candidature
01/10/2019
Durée
5 ou 10 mois
Pays
Europe Allemagne
Discipline
Humanités Anthropologie & Ethnologie Archéologie Architecture Art et histoire de l'art Etudes classiques Humanités numériques Histoire Linguistique Littérature Etude des médias Musique et musicologie Philosophie Religion et théologie Sciences sociales Gestion et administration publique Communication Démographie Economie Sciences environnementales Etudes de genre Géographie Relations internationales Droit Sciences de l'éducation Science politique Psychologie et sciences cognitives Anthropologie sociale Sociologie
Expérience post-doc requise: 
entre 0 et 99 ans
Montant par bourse
€ 500.000 maximum
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