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Funding in the Philipp Schwartz-Initiative

Applications for the PSI must be submitted to the AvH via a central office of the university. At the Chemnitz University of Technology, the International Office takes on this task and coordinates the application process. The applications for a PSI scholarship of potential candidates are prepared together with the hosting professorship.

An application in this program is only possible after interested professorships have taken advantage of the International Office's advice! In this consultation, the professors of the Chemnitz University of Technology receive important information to increase the chances of success of applications. In previous rounds, the success rate was between 30 and 35 percent.

From the 9th funding round onwards, in addition to the award of a scholarship, funding can also take the form of a temporary employment contract.

In the following, we would like to introduce you to the criteria that have to be fulfilled for an application, which documents tandems consisting of candidates and the hosting professorship have to submit, and which services are covered by the funding:

Requirements for potential scholars

Researchers from all disciplines and all countries of origin outside the EU are eligible for funding. There is no quota by subject group or country of origin for the selection decision.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • proven hazard
  • research doctorate or comparable academic degree (Ph.D., C.Sc. or equivalent)
  • scientific qualification (e.g. publications)
  • potential for integration into the German (science-related) labor market
  • stay outside the home country of no more than 5 years at the time of application
  • language skills, so that the research project can be carried out successfully
  • no previous funding in PSI

Candidates are excluded from funding if they

  • do not hold a doctorate
  • are "Bildungsinländer" - if they obtained their scientific qualification in Germany
  • have access to a safe country through dual citizenship
  • have access to a safe country through marriage to an EU national
  • are German nationals

Candidates who are nominated by several German universities/research institutions are also excluded.

Chemnitz University of Technology can only submit an application for a candidate if it is proven that this person is at risk. This threat assessment can be carried out by

  • a residence status in the context of an asylum-granting procedure within the EU that confirms a recognized threat or
  • a threat assessment issued by a third party which is not older than 12 months

The threat assessment is provided by Scholars @ Risk or the Council for At-Risk Academics. If a candidate does not yet have a threat assessment certificate, the International Office will ask Scholars @ Risk or the Council for At-Risk Academics for one.

In order to ensure the timely issue of the threat assessment, candidates must submit their curriculum vitae and a statement on their hazard in the International Office by 3 February 2021 at the latest. For secure handling of the documents please upload them to the TUCcloud.

Unfortunately, applications without proof of threat cannot be submitted to the AvH.

The complete AvH tender documents can be found on the AvH website.

Please note that the German documents must be used for the application. All English-language documents for this funding program are to be understood as auxiliary translations that are not binding.

Application documents

Candidates prepare the application documents together with the hosting professorship.

To be submitted by the candidate:

  • form Application for a PSI Fellowship (Word; binding German version)
  • brief description of the research project (max. 3 pages including bibliography)
  • topic and goal of the research project in one sentence that is understandable for laypersons (max. 40 words)
  • CV (max. 3 pages)
  • publication list
  • certificate of doctorate or proof of the highest scientific degree (if these are issued in a foreign language, please attach a German or English translation)
  • threat assessment

Please note: The German forms are binding for the selection procedure at the AvH. Therefore please use the German version. An English version (Word) of the application form is provided for information purposes only. All enclosures can of course be submitted in English.

All documents need to be submitted to the International Office of the Chemnitz University of Technology (see below).

The hosting professorships submit the following documents:

Please note: The German forms are binding for the selection procedure at the AvH. Therefore please use the German version. An English version (Word) of the application form is provided for information purposes only. All enclosures can of course be submitted in English.

All documents need to be submitted to the International Office of the Chemnitz University of Technology (see below).

Deadlines

In order to increase the chances of success of applications from Chemnitz University of Technology at PSI, consultation at the International Office is mandatory for interested professorships. During this appointment, the professor will receive information on the main selection criteria of the AvH and how he/she can optimize the application in this sense.

Appointments can be made until 29 January 2021 at the latest. Unfortunately, no appointments are possible in the period from 18 to 22 January 2021.

Until further notice, the consultation can only take place by telephone or web conference. To make an appointment, please contact (Ms.) Annett Müller by email.

The International Office requests the threat assessment for a candidate from Scholars @ Risk or the Council for At-Risk Academics. In order for the proof to be available in time for the AvH's application deadline, requests for this threat assessment must be submitted to the International Office by 3 February 2021.

For data protection reasons, please upload your CV and a statement on your hazard as a PDF document to the TUCcloud.

Based on the applications received from the professorships, the International Office prepares the financing plan and processes the cover sheet for the overall application. The application is then internally coordinated in the central university administration and signed by the university management.

To ensure these processes with regard to the current restrictions, applications from the professorships must be submitted to the International Office by 15 February 2021.

For data protection reasons, please upload the complete application documents including all attachments as one PDF document to the TUCcloud.

The complete application of the Chemnitz University of Technology has to be submitted to the AvH by the International Office until 5 March 2021.

Funding

From the 9th funding round onwards, funding can take the form of either a scholarship or a temporary employment contract. The decision as to which option is to be used must already be made when the application is submitted. A later conversion is unfortunately not possible.

If the application of Chemnitz University of Technology is approved, the AvH provides funds to Chemnitz University of Technology and the university awards the scholarships or enters into the employment relationship with the sponsored person. This means that the sponsored persons receive the funding directly from Chemnitz University of Technology.

In the first step, the funding is awarded for a period of up to 24 months. An extension of 12 months is possible through a co-funding model: The AvH takes over the funding of 6 months if the receiving institution also provides funding for 6 months. This funding can come from budgetary or third-party funds.

In the 9th funding round of PSI, the start of the scholarship is scheduled for 1 July 2021.

Option: Employment contract

The subsidy comprises the employer's gross salary including the annual special payment. A lump sum of 75,600 euros p.a. is used for the calculation. If the application is approved, the specific funding requirement will be determined based on the grouping. In principle, groupings in at least pay group 13 level 3 TV-L up to a maximum of pay group 14 level 2 TV-L are possible.

This funding option seems particularly suitable for candidates who come to Germany without their family members.

Option: Scholarship

Scholarship holders receive a monthly stipend of 2,670 euros. The scholarship is intended to cover living expenses, for which 2,500 euros per month are earmarked. This is supplemented by a mobility allowance of 100 euros and a health and liability insurance allowance of 70 euros per month. If the scholarship holder is accompanied by his or her family, family benefits and allowances for health and liability insurance may be granted in addition to the scholarship.

Candidates who are accompanied to Germany by their family should consider this funding option.

Detailed information on the differences between the two funding lines has been compiled by the AvH in its program handout (PDF; available in German only).

The decision for one of the two funding lines has no influence on the selection result.

Chemnitz University of Technology receives a lump-sum grant of 20,000 euros for each fellow supported. This lump sum is used to finance measures that promote the labor market integration of the fellows.

Part of these funds will also be used to anchor the topic of "at-risk researchers" at the university and to establish networking opportunities.

Further details

The application that Chemnitz University of Technology submits to the AvH includes

  • cover sheet signed by the university management
  • applications by candidates for a PSI scholarship
  • concept of the host institution for dealing with researchers at risk
  • financing plan
  • for applications for the scholarship option: additionally scholarship calculation

The International Office prepares the cover sheet, the concept for dealing with researchers at risk and financing plan centrally.

The selection committee is made up of representatives of the AvH and scientists from other research and funding institutions.

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