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Paid to research: how to prepare successful fellowship applications

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Research Management | Project planning | Advanced

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For young researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships are a common way to take their career to the next stage: to get their research project funded and realized. More than other funding sources, fellowships allow to keep the focus on one own’s research and to implement the project with high flexibility over time. However, because an ever-increasing number of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers apply for these fellowships, the likely of obtaining funding has over time decreased. Intensive preparation is the foundation for a successful application.


The course supports participants in learning how to adequately prepare their own successful applications for PhD and post-doctoral research funding, in particular research fellowships, both in Germany and abroad.


    On the first day, participants explore some core issues in two separate sessions (a group in the morning and a group in the afternoon):

    • Identifying the most suitable funding bodies.
    • Understanding what evaluators are looking for in an application.
    • Keeping in touch with the funding body (do’s and don’ts).
    • Exploring how to enhance one’s own image to “stick out from the rest”.
    • Structuring the writing of the funding application itself.

    On the second day, participants meet the trainer through a series of one-to-one meetings to discuss their specific situation, eventual challenges they are facing and possible ways forward to prepare successful applications.


          This is an online workshop. Theoretical information, practical exercises, plenum discussion, partner work and an exclusive one-to-one session with the trainer for enhanced tailor-made support. Max. number of participants: 15.


          The course is targeted at doctoral candidates and young post-doctoral researchers. No previous knowledge is required. Participants should have English language skills at least the B2 level. Student workers that are seriously determined to obtain a doctorate are welcome to apply, subject to availability.

          Course informations
          Course number
          FM III-1
          Mon, 23.05.2022, 09.00-18.00 Uhr
          Tue, 24.05.2022, 09:00-16:00 Uhr

          16 hours, 20 working units à 45 min
          Online course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course.
          Videoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
          Dr. Matteo Garavoglia
          Course language
          For employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU, FU, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact  for information on fees.
          Participants should have sound English language skills and advanced presentation competence.

          Participants please keep a laptop/PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
          Assuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
          Applicable for certificate Research Management.

          For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any questions regarding the course, please contact .

          In case of any organizational questions please contact .


          Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.

          Please help us to develop our program in a targeted manner. Your data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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