RWTH Junior Principal Investigator Fellowships
RWTH is now inviting excellent and experienced early career researchers to apply for 6 Junior Principal Investigator (JPI) fellowships. Support will be provided for a period of four years, with an optional fifth year. The program is designed to attract and support stellar researchers with international experience. Applications from women as well as others whose background and experience enrich the culture of the university are particularly encouraged.
The fellowships offer early-career high-potential researchers an exceptional opportunity to sharpen their research profile. The experience is designed to prepare them for success in highly competitive grant programs as well as to enhance their career prospects of becoming a professor.
- JPIs will have the chance to develop a T-shaped profile, build strong networks, shape emerging fields and produce high-impact publications.
- JPIs are expected to take advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the University’s Profile Areas and strategic alliances.
- JPIs are expected to help foster new interdisciplinary collaborations.
Although the fellowships are awarded based on an open call for proposals, JPIs will be associated with a specific RWTH institute or Profile Area and are expected to establish a strong presence there.
To apply for the JPI Fellowship Program, you need to submit the following:
A cover letter, including a statement explaining what makes your research unique and stimulating (max. 1 page)
An outline of your research proposal (max. 4 pages, excluding references). This should describe the main idea behind your research, the methods you intend to use, the potential impact of your research on both your field and others, as well as the importance and societal relevance of your
CV (max. 4 pages)
Name of your prospective host institute or Profile Area at RWTH
A copy of doctoral degree certificate (and, for languages other than English or German, a certified translation of the doctoral certificate)
Copies of other degrees certificates (e.g. B.A./B.Sc./M.A./M.Sc.)
A list of publications including copies of your top five academic papers
Contact information for references
- Doctoral degree, completed within the last 3 years. Subject-specific exceptions may apply, e.g. for candidates with clinical duties and education
- Strong academic record including publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited lectures, conference presentations, and research awards
- At least two years of research experience outside of Germany after graduation
- Eligible candidates must have identified a host institute or Profile Area at RWTH for their research activities. Contact information for the Profile Areas can be found under RWTH Profile Areas.
What We Offer
- Successful candidates will be employed as junior research group leaders (full position, pay grade TV-L 14)
- Additional funding for one full-time doctoral candidate and a research budget for consumables
- Opportunity to supervise doctoral candidates
- Mentoring and career development support through the University’s Advanced Talents program offered by the RWTH Center for Young Academics
- Access to the shared cutting-edge research infrastructure in the Profile Area
- General RWTH services including access to child care and other resources offered by the Family Services Center.
The fellowship will be awarded for a period of four years, with an optional fifth year.
How to Apply
The call for applications for the 2023 RWTH JPI Fellowship Program is set to open at the end of 2022.
All proposals meeting the formal requirements are evaluated by the Rectorate, selected RWTH faculty members, and external reviewers. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews and to give a presentation of their research proposals at a symposium that will be held in Aachen in 2023. We will personally inform all candidates of the schedule in due time. Start of the RWTH JPI Fellowships: January 2024
Vice-Rector for Human Resources Management and Development