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Fulbright-Cottrell Award (Uni/Außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtungen)

The next call for applications is expected to take place in the fall 2023. Start of Award funding July 2024.

The program

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 chemistry, physics and astronomy. 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
  • 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 research (publications, etc.) and teaching, have strong international experience in scientific research (collaboration in an international environment and work as members of diverse teams), and exhibit interest in both gaining 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.

Grant benefits

  • Funding for a three-year research and teaching project in the amount of Euro 63,000, which will be provided in two installments. The official start date of the award is July 1.
  • Travel expenses up to Euro 5,000 for transatlantic flights from Germany to at least two Cottrell Scholar Conferences in Tucson, Arizona. Costs will be covered as incurred, starting after the begin of the Award.

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

Application procedure & deadlines

Questions regarding the application specifically for this grant opportunity are answered in the "Frequently Asked Questions | Fulbright Cottrell Award".

The call for applications is issued in the fall of each year and current application information is then available here. Applications must be submitted by January. Selections will be conducted in March and all applicants will be notified of the outcome thereafter. Please note Fulbright Germany’s data protection declaration.


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