College for Life Sciences

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The College for Life Sciences is a unique program of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study, to promote excellent early-career postdoctoral researchers in the life sciences and medicine.

The College for Life Sciences is a junior program of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin – Institute for Advanced Study. It offers excellent early career researchers in the life sciences and medicine an opportunity to take a break from the lab and clinic. Fellows will gain time to work and develop their own projects and immerse themselves in the intellectually and culturally diverse environment of the Wissenschaftskolleg.

Each year the Wissenschaftskolleg welcomes around 40 internationally recognized senior as well as promising junior scholars in all fields of knowledge, including the humanities, the social sciences and the arts. Fellows of the College for Life Sciences are invited to become part of this “learning community”. Our goal is to promote a science that transcends disciplinary boundaries and goes beyond established issues and approaches. As we do not provide lab space, it is not “just another fellowship”, but the opportunity to step back from your routines and reflect your institutional and intellectual “settings”.
Through the College for Life Sciences we promote scientists at the beginning of their career, i.e. postdocs, junior group leaders, lecturers and assistant, associate and junior professors.

The fellowships are intended for residencies of 3-6 months during the academic year 2020/21, i.e. September 2020 – June 2021.


  • Three to six months’ residency at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin
  • A full stipend based on your previous salary
  • Studio accommodation on campus
  • Freedom to pursue a project of your choice
  • Insight into new areas of knowledge and research cultures
  • Integration into a unique international community of Fellows
  • Access to Berlin’s excellent scholarly and scientific community
  • Access to the Wissenschaftskolleg’s outstanding library and IT services

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Please apply by November 24, 2019 with a project outline (about 1000 words), a letter stating your motivation for wishing to obtain a fellowship (about 500 words), your complete curriculum vitae, and a list of your publications here:

You are completely free to choose the project that you will pursue at the Wissenschaftskolleg; we impose no thematic presettings whatsoever. You must have obtained your doctorate by the start of your fellowship, and we also require that you have at least one lead-author publication in a peer-reviewed journal. There are no restrictions regarding your discipline of origin in the life sciences, your nationality, or your age etc. Applications from scientists working at institutions in Berlin cannot be taken into consideration. If you have been a principal investigator for longer than five years, though, you are advised to apply for a regular fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg.
We would be grateful if you could post this announcement at your institution and circulate it among colleagues and scholars whom you think would be qualified and interested in applying for this program.