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BRAIN – Brandenburg Research Academy and International Network– is a pilot programme which has offered 10 incoming fellowships to experienced international (non-German) researchers for a duration of 24 months. It was developed by the Brandenburg Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs together with all Brandenburg universities.10 BRAIN fellows from different countries all over the world have been chosen on August 28th, 2014. Fellows started their fellowships between the end of 2014 and the middle of 2015.

BRAIN provides opportunities for international young researchers to further their academic careers by pursuing research projects in their scientific field at a Brandenburg university of their choice. Fellows have been offered a post at their preferred host university, which provides an inspiring environment and supports them in their research project. Fellows may pursue an individual project or join one of the many existing groups of young researchers.

4 of 8 Brandenburg universities currently act as host universities: 4 fellows are staying at the University of Potsdam, 2 fellows are guests at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, 3 fellows at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and 1 fellow at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau.

BRAIN is co-funded by the Marie Curie Programme of the European Union (co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes).

BRAIN Welcome
All fellows have received individual support by their host universities. Host universities helped them to settle in, to deal with local authorities and paperwork, to find accommodation, a language course, child care etc.

BRAIN Coaching
A modular coaching programme has been tailored to the needs of BRAIN fellows and offers them various workshops, individual or group coachings on specific subjects such as e.g. strengthening of individual competencies, career options, team and project management, dealing with competition and conflicts, leadership competencies etc.

BRAIN on tour
A programme of seminars, talks, lectures and other events aims at offering BRAIN fellows additional opportunities for networking. Through these events, the fellows not only have contact with the other BRAIN fellows in Brandenburg, but also get to know the scientific landscape of Brandenburg as a whole, with all its universities and non-university research institutions. The Fellows also have the opportunity to organize their own events at venues of their choice.

© Hadio C. Kollmorgen AVZ Universität Potsdam

BRAIN – Brandenburg Research Academy and International Network– is a pilot programme which has offered 10 incoming fellowships to experienced international (non-German) researchers for a duration of 24 months. It was developed by the Brandenburg Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs together with all Brandenburg universities.10 BRAIN fellows from different countries all over the world have been chosen on August 28th, 2014. Fellows started their fellowships between the end of 2014 and the middle of 2015.

BRAIN provides opportunities for international young researchers to further their academic careers by pursuing research projects in their scientific field at a Brandenburg university of their choice. Fellows have been offered a post at their preferred host university, which provides an inspiring environment and supports them in their research project. Fellows may pursue an individual project or join one of the many existing groups of young researchers.

4 of 8 Brandenburg universities currently act as host universities: 4 fellows are staying at the University of Potsdam, 2 fellows are guests at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder, 3 fellows at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and 1 fellow at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau.

BRAIN is co-funded by the Marie Curie Programme of the European Union (co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes).

BRAIN Welcome
All fellows have received individual support by their host universities. Host universities helped them to settle in, to deal with local authorities and paperwork, to find accommodation, a language course, child care etc.

BRAIN Coaching
A modular coaching programme has been tailored to the needs of BRAIN fellows and offers them various workshops, individual or group coachings on specific subjects such as e.g. strengthening of individual competencies, career options, team and project management, dealing with competition and conflicts, leadership competencies etc.

BRAIN on tour
A programme of seminars, talks, lectures and other events aims at offering BRAIN fellows additional opportunities for networking. Through these events, the fellows not only have contact with the other BRAIN fellows in Brandenburg, but also get to know the scientific landscape of Brandenburg as a whole, with all its universities and non-university research institutions. The Fellows also have the opportunity to organize their own events at venues of their choice.



  • FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

    Brandenburg universities offer a broad variety of research focuses and possibilities.
    Our alphabetical list of research areas gives an overview on research focuses at Brandenburg universities. By searching for a specific field of research or subject you can find out which university or universities in Brandenburg are doing research in this area.

    On this page you will find answers to questions concerning the BRAIN fellowship programme. The list will be updated regularly. If your questions are not answered here please contact the BRAIN help desk.

     Who can apply for a BRAIN fellowship?

    Scholars who are non-German nationals and have done at least three years of research after obtaining their doctorate can apply for a BRAIN fellowship if they have not done research in Germany during the last three years.

    Is knowledge of the German language necessary in order to become a BRAIN fellow?

    Knowledge of the German language is not a prerequisite for application. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is obligatory for the application and will regularly be necessary for carrying out your research project as a BRAIN fellow. For use in everyday life, it is recommendable to acquire some basic knowledge of German. BRAIN fellows will have the opportunity to participate in German language courses during their stay in Brandenburg.

    In case my proposal is rejected, can I apply again?

    BRAIN is at the moment a pilot programme which offers 10 fellowships. In case that not all 10 fellowships have been awarded after completion of the selection process, a second Call for Applications will be published. It is possible to submit a revised proposal in a new selection round.

    How can I prove my residence outside Germany?

    Fellows can provide the confirmation of course registration from the local authority; a copy of work contract or a letter from their institution or company, stating they worked there for the last 3 years, or any genuine document that can clearly prove residence outside Germany.

    Is there an age limit?

    No. There is no age limit.

    Does the research proposal include the Ethics Annex, since its maximum length is 10 pages?

    Yes, the research proposal must not exceed a maximum length of 10 pages including the Ethics Annex table, which has 2 pages.

    How old should be my PhD before application?

    3 years. Candidates who obtained their PhD before April 15th, 2011 are eligible to apply.

    What is meant by “2 Expert references”?

    It means the fellows should provide 2 letters of recommendation from 2 experts.

    Brandenburg universities offer a broad variety of research focuses and possibilities.
    Our alphabetical list of research areas gives an overview on research focuses at Brandenburg universities. By searching for a specific field of research or subject you can find out which university or universities in Brandenburg are doing research in this area.

    On this page you will find answers to questions concerning the BRAIN fellowship programme. The list will be updated regularly. If your questions are not answered here please contact the BRAIN help desk.

     Who can apply for a BRAIN fellowship?

    Scholars who are non-German nationals and have done at least three years of research after obtaining their doctorate can apply for a BRAIN fellowship if they have not done research in Germany during the last three years.

    Is knowledge of the German language necessary in order to become a BRAIN fellow?

    Knowledge of the German language is not a prerequisite for application. Good knowledge of written and spoken English is obligatory for the application and will regularly be necessary for carrying out your research project as a BRAIN fellow. For use in everyday life, it is recommendable to acquire some basic knowledge of German. BRAIN fellows will have the opportunity to participate in German language courses during their stay in Brandenburg.

    In case my proposal is rejected, can I apply again?

    BRAIN is at the moment a pilot programme which offers 10 fellowships. In case that not all 10 fellowships have been awarded after completion of the selection process, a second Call for Applications will be published. It is possible to submit a revised proposal in a new selection round.

    How can I prove my residence outside Germany?

    Fellows can provide the confirmation of course registration from the local authority; a copy of work contract or a letter from their institution or company, stating they worked there for the last 3 years, or any genuine document that can clearly prove residence outside Germany.

    Is there an age limit?

    No. There is no age limit.

    Does the research proposal include the Ethics Annex, since its maximum length is 10 pages?

    Yes, the research proposal must not exceed a maximum length of 10 pages including the Ethics Annex table, which has 2 pages.

    How old should be my PhD before application?

    3 years. Candidates who obtained their PhD before April 15th, 2011 are eligible to apply.

    What is meant by “2 Expert references”?

    It means the fellows should provide 2 letters of recommendation from 2 experts.

BRAIN help desk at the Brandenburg Ministry of Sciences, Research and Cultural Affairs:

postal address:
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg
Referat 23
Dortustr. 36
D-14467

Sonja Rademacher
Referat 23
phone: +49 331 866 - 4760
E-mail: brain@mwfk.brandenburg.de