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Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellow

Applications for Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellows may only be submitted if they refer to one of the Grand Challenge Initiatives set up by the Berlin University Alliance and the University of Oxford. The programme’s aim is to involve visiting fellows from the University of Oxford in Berlin-based collaborative research platforms. The Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellow programme was created through a partnership between the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) and the Einstein Foundation Berlin.


The Einstein Foundation will manage the review process and will ensure the scientific quality of the programme based on an approved multi-stage process.


The Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellow programme aims to enhance the OX/BER science and research collaboration by involving leading scientists and outstanding early career researchers holding an established research position at the University of Oxford in Berlin’s science and research environment. The programme primarily targets researchers whose expertise can sustainably promote specific areas of academic excellence in Berlin. In contrast to typical visiting researchers who stay at an institution for one semester, the goal of the Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellow programme is to integrate Fellows into Berlin’s academic landscape on a sustainable basis. 


Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellows are expected to set up a working group in Berlin in consultation with their hosts and either come to Berlin for several short research stays throughout the year or once a year for more than three months to work with the group and be available for junior researchers. They should also foster remote collaboration. While in Berlin, Fellows also work on joint projects with other researchers and run courses and other events in agreement with their host institutions.


Conversely, members of the Fellow’s BUA/Oxford working group and members of the host institution’s working group are also expected to organise research stays at the University of Oxford (meetings, workshops, etc.) in order to promote long-term collaboration with Oxford’s science and research environment.


Applications may be submitted by a Berlin-based Cluster of Excellence funded through Germany’s Excellence Strategy. Einstein Centers, Einstein Research Units, as well as DFG Research Training Groups and Collaborative Research Centers are eligible to apply if they have at least three years of their maximum funding period left. The eligibility of entities who are not (or are no longer) receiving competitively acquired third-party funding is judged on a case-bycase basis and will be permitted providing adequate justification is given.


The OX/BER science and research collaboration, defined as a host research alliance (in analogy to collaborative research platforms such as Collaborative Research Centers, clusters, etc.) are also eligible to apply if the prospective Fellow plays a key role in building the OX/BER science and research collaboration. All applications must be endorsed by the management of the host university or Charité – Universitätsmedizin.


The Foundation will provide up to €500,000 over three years or €330,000 for applications for extensions over two years.

These funds are intended for the creation of a working group in Berlin, including a postdoctoral position permanently based in Berlin who can take over that will involve the handling of managerial functions for the group.


The funds may also be used for:

  • an appropriate expense allowance for the Einstein BUA/Oxford Visiting Fellow – in accordance with the regulations governing the host institution – to be based on the Fellow’s qualifications and position in his or her home country,

  • expenses for directly incurred expenses (including travel and accommodation) as deemed necessary by the Fellow for his or her research project,

  • travel and accommodation expenses for stays in Oxford for members of the Fellow’s BUA/Oxford research group and the host researcher.


Funding is provided for a period of three years. At the end of this period, an application for a further two years may be submitted.


Applications in all disciplines are welcome. Proposals must be made using the application forms provided online by the Einstein Foundation. Application deadlines can be found on the Foundation’s website. If an eligible institution has set internal deadlines for applications to the Einstein Foundation, please contact the relevant person at your institution (see on the right) in good time.


Applications for extensions comprising funding up to €330,000 should also be made using the forms provided by the Einstein Foundation and submitted by the deadlines announced on the Foundation’s website. The same rules and recommendations apply as for the original application.


Grants from the Foundation are disbursed through the budget of the host university or the Charité–Universitätsmedizin as third-party funding. The host institution acts as employer of persons funded by the Einstein Foundation's grant and will provide the space and infrastructure required.