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The Brandenburg Research Academy and International Network

The Brandenburg Research Academy and International Network (BRAIN) offers 10 incoming fellowships to experienced young international researchers (post-docs) of 24 months duration.


  • - An employment contract at their chosen host University with salaries equal to those of the Marie Curie Programme for experienced researchers, including social security and health insurance as well as pension coverage
  • - A mobility and travel allowance
  • - Opportunities for professional training and coaching on the development of individual and professional competencies.
  • - Working in an inspiring academic environment in the Berlin-Brandenburg region that offers the highest concentration of universities and research institutions in Germany.

Conditions for application:

  • - Eligible applicants are non-German nationals residing abroad who have not carried out any research in Germany for the last three years.
  • - Eligible applicants have undertaken at least three years of research since obtaining their doctorate.
  • - Eligible applicants need to identify a potential host university in Brandenburg and a letter of agreement from a professor to support their research project.

Required documents for application:

  • - Curriculum Vitae
  • - at least 2 Expert references
  • - Proof of residence outside Germany during the last 3 years before application
  • - Proof of completion of doctoral degree at least 3 years before application
  • - Proof of postdoctoral research (i.e. list of published articles or books…)
  • - Additional information such as prizes etc.
  • - Research proposal (max. length 10 pages, for necessary structure and contents see Guide for Applicants [download])
  • - Supervisor’s Agreement (please use Template for Letter of Agreement)

Women are especially encouraged to apply. Brandenburg universities are very family-friendly and offer various possibilities of support to researchers with children (e.g. child care facilities, day-care organized during lectures, conferences or other scientific events etc.). The universities will be glad to provide more detailed information to applicants in case of any arising questions.

Eligible applications are to be written in English and submitted in pdf-form via email to the following address:


Deadline for applications is April 15th, 2014.

Applicants will receive a confirmation that the application has arrived within the deadline.

Information on the ongoing selection process can be found in the section Selection on this page and will be updated regularly. In case of questions arising please contact the BRAIN help desk at the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs via email.

E-mail: brain@mwfk.brandenburg.de

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