Bonn Junior Fellowships for young promising fellows in the University of Bonn, Germany

The Bonn Junior Fellow is endowed with a position for a postdoc or two graduate students, and with funds for traveling and hosting guest researchers. The full announcement of scholarship details is follows.

School:University of Bonn/ Germany



Deadline:01November 2012


  • Salary level comparable to that of an associate professor
  • Duration: 5 years

Beneficiaries:Open to worldwide young scientists who are in the process of developing their own research agenda.


Early independence

  • The Excellence Initiative has given us the opportunity to institutionalize early independence by creating twelve temporary junior faculty positions, the Bonn Junior Fellows, at the salary level W2.
  • Especially in mathematics, important contributions are often made at a young age.
  • Promising young scientists should thus have the opportunity to define and pursue their own research program a few years after their PhD.
  • The broad activities of the Hausdorff Research Institute and the focused work in the local Research Areas make the Hausdorff Center a unique environment for a young scientist.

The position

  • The Bonn Junior Fellow is designed as a very attractive five year position, modelled after the Emmy Noether Program of the DFG rather than the junior professor.
  • The salary level is comparable to that of an associate professor.
  • To some of the offered positions, a tenure-track option is associated, and, in exceptional cases, a position may be tenured immediately. There are no teaching duties on the undergraduate level.
  • However, the Bonn Junior Fellow is expected to contribute four hours per week to the graduate teaching in one or two of the Research Areas.
  • As a faculty member, the Bonn Junior Fellow is allowed and expected to supervise master and PhD theses.
  • The Bonn Junior Fellow is independent of existing chairs. However, his or her group are expected to join the team of one or two of the Research Areas.


The candidate

  • The Bonn Junior Fellow program targets candidates worldwide who are in the process of developing their own research agenda and have proved their scientific independence through publications.
  • Candidates are not expected to speak German.
  • It is intended to fill about half of the positions offered with women, and preference will be given to suitably qualified female candidates, all other considerations being equal.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Search and selection

  • The Bonn Junior Fellow positions are advertised jointly and internationally, with reference to the twelve Research Areas.
  • A single hiring committee, the Junior Search Committee (JSC), which consists of members of all participating institutes, is in charge of screening and contacting promising candidates.
  • The recruiting and hiring process is designed to be scientifically full-fledged but administratively compact.

The outcome

  • In three separate application rounds, 12 Bonn Junior Fellow positions have been awarded to internationally promising young scientists worldwide.
  • The Bonn Junior Fellow positions have already become a springboard for future academic careers: several Bonn Junior Fellows have moved on to permanent faculty positions.

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