Bonn SDG Fellowships
Submission deadline: May 31, 2021 (for funding starting at the earliest in January, and no later than July 2022)
What is the goal of the funding line?
The aim of this funding line is to invite post-doctoral scientists in all areas of specialization that conduct research primarily on a topic addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set forth by the United Nations in its Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The scientists should research and teach at the University of Bonn for one or two semesters. The funding is for a period of at least 3 and not more than 12 months.
The University of Bonn currently has a large number of collaborations with universities and research institutes in Africa, Asia and South America. As shown by the SDG index, implementing the Sustainable Development Goals poses considerable challenges for many countries in these regions. Based on the 17th Sustainable Development Goal, “Partnerships for the Goals”, researchers in the above-mentioned regions are given preference for the Bonn SDG Fellowships. The goal is to support talented researchers and build and strengthen networks through them.
Who is eligible for funding?
Post-doctoral scientists (with foreign citizenship), who research or teach at a university or research institute in the above-mentioned regions, and who can demonstrate proven expertise in an area of research from the thematic spectrum of the SDGs.
What is the size of the funding?
The funding can cover the following:
A travel allowance (depending on the country of origin)
A scholarship of € 3,000 per month (additional funds for family members: up to € 300 for a spouse and € 250 per child)
A research expense allowance of up to € 500 per month can be submitted to the International Office after the fellowship has been awarded. Information on applying for the allowance will be provided with your fellowship award.
Insurance benefits are not included in the scholarship.
Please note that the International Office cannot provide housing for scholarship recipients.
The funding is for a period of at least 3 and not more than 12 months. When calculating costs please note the instructions in the financing plan (and use the following Excel table, download here).
What are the selection criteria?
The quality of the research project to be worked on during the stay in Bonn
Work on a topic that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set forth by the United Nations in its Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development
Relevance of the research topic to developments in the region of origin
The fellow’s contribution to academic life in Bonn (e.g. via public lectures, seminars or colloquiums)
The fellow’s integration into the host institute (place of work, integration into existing teaching and research activities)
Follow-on value: a plan for future collaboration projects between the fellow and the host institute in Bonn
What does the application include?
Project description (PDF of max. 8 pages), consisting of:
An outline of the research project to be worked on during the fellow’s stay in Bonn
Reasons for the fellow’s invitation and a description of his or her contribution to research and teaching at the University of Bonn, an outline of the activities through which the fellow will enrich university life at the University of Bonn during his or her stay there
An overview of the collaboration between the applicant and the fellow so far
An outline of the integration of the fellow into the host institute (place of work, participation in teaching and research activities)
An outline of follow-on value: (a) plan for the outcome of the stay, (b) plan for growing the collaboration in the future.
Fellow’s CV (PDF)
A financing plan (please use the following Excel table, download here)