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START Programme

Announcement concerning the START programme:
Starting with the coming call (call 2015, open from July 2014), only applicants who have been awarded a doctoral degree no less than two and no more than eight years ago will be eligible to apply
. Starting from July 2014 onwards members of the "Professorenkurie" will be allowed to submit an application within the START-Programme.

Target group outstanding young researchers of any discipline
Goals Researchers should be given the long-term and extensive financial security to plan their research and to build up or consolidate their own research groups thereby qualifying themselves for senior scientific positions (especially as university professors within Austria or abroad).

the doctoral degree must have been completed (award of certificate) no less than two years and no longer than nine years before the deadline for submission of applications. Extensions to this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks (see guidelines).

exceptional international track record
scientific independence must be proven
in addition it is desirable that candidates have completed a research stay abroad of at least one year
candidates may not already be full professors (members of the "Professorenkurie")
Length 6 years, an interim review after 3 years decides on continuation
Level Minimum EUR 800.000 up to maximum EUR 1.2 Mio.
Start: July 2013
End: 18th September 2013
(date of postmark)
in English
Decisions are taken by the FWF Board on the basis of recommendations by the International START-/Wittgenstein-Jury; recommendations are made on the basis of international peer reviews and a hearing.
June 13th - June 14th, 2014
awarded by the Federal Minister for Science
Number about 7 Awards

Mario Mandl
T +43 / (0)1 / 505 67 40 - 8605




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