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Fulbright-Cottrell Award (Uni/Außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtungen)

The start of award funding is July 2024 (application period for 2024 has ended).

The award

With its Fulbright-Cottrell Award, the German-American Fulbright Commission in Berlin (Fulbright Germany) offers a unique opportunity for researcher-educators in the fields of physics, astronomy and chemistry (including biological systems). The Award recognizes outstanding scientists who strive to integrate their research and teaching activities, regarding them as interdependent.  The Fulbright-Cottrell Award thus follows in the footsteps of the US-based Cottrell Scholar Award, initiated in 1994. Read more…

Who can apply?

Junior group leaders and habilitated researchers (including junior professors, Juniordozent:innen, and Privatdozent:innen) working at a German university/research institute with teaching responsibilities in the core programs (Bachelor/Master) of chemistry, physics or astronomy are eligible for the award.

Fulbright Germany strives to embed diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) in all aspects of its work. Applications are open to all individuals regardless of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity.

Application requirements

  • German citizenship; in addition and exceptionally, other citizenship if applicant’s “center of life” (Lebensmittelpunkt) is in Germany
  • Completed doctorate in chemistry, physics or astronomy, and be at a point in your postdoc phase equivalent to at least one year on tenure track
  • Proven primary affiliation with a German university/research institute at which the project is hosted during the entire award period (3 years)
  • Candidates should demonstrate independence in teaching and research (for example, at least one independent publication and other such independent scientific achievement documented in your application), have strong international experience in scientific research (collaboration in culturally diverse teams), and exhibit interest in both benefiting from and contributing to award-related transatlantic exchange
  • Project criteria:  submitted projects should include a research proposal and a corresponding teaching program, with the aim of simultaneously implementing both components over the course of three years at a German university. Read more...

Grant benefits

  • Funding for a three-year research and teaching project in the amount of 63,000 euros, which will be provided in two installments. The official start date of the award is July 1.
  • Travel expenses up to 5,000 euros for transatlantic flights from Germany to at least two Cottrell Scholar Conferences in Tucson, Arizona. Costs will be covered as incurred, as of the award's start date.
  • Inclusion in a growing network of teacher-scholars in the US, Canada, and Germany committed to changing the way research and teaching are integrated.
  • Inclusion in the Fulbright scholars and alumnae:i network.

The award is administered by Fulbright Germany, with funds provided by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Application procedure & deadlines

Common inquiries about this award are addressed in the Frequently Asked Questions | Fulbright Cottrell Award.

The call for applications is issued annually in late autumn, and current application information and materials are then available here. The application deadline is in late January, and the selection process takes place through late April. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by early May.

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