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Do you plan to apply for admission to the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy? That’s great! Make sure you have read “About the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy” and the “Time Table” before you proceed. We advise you to also read the step-by-step instructions below carefully. If you still have questions after reading this page, don’t hesitate to send us an email before applying.

We offer two different Tracks to apply for admission to the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy.
If you choose Track 1, you will apply directly for collaboration with one of our Host Principle Investigators. It is important to familiarise yourself with the specific requirements of the Host Principle Investigator that match your scientific background best.

Only PostDocs and researchers on a similar career level are eligible for Track 2. This allows for an application without choosing a Host Principle Investigator.

Please note: Admission to the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy does not automatically lead to employment at the University of Freiburg. The Freiburg Rising Star Academy is not a PhD programme does not provide PhD positions.


Eligible for Track 1 are Doctoral Candidates, PostDocs and other experienced researchers. Students who have not yet completed their Master’s degree are not eligible.

Step 1: Choose your Host Principle Investigator in order to apply for them.

(Should you not find a good match, please move on to Track 2. Only researchers currently on a PostDoc level or higher are eligible for Track 2.)

Step 2: Prepare your application!

Only complete applications that provide good documentation of the applicant’s qualification and suitability will be considered.

Your application should include the following documents as pdf files:

  1. Letter of motivation (1 page max.).
    You should
    • a. indicate your motivation for joining the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy,
    • b. describe the goal you wish to achieve as a Rising Star,
    • c. and include a brief proposal of collaboration with the Host Principle Investigator of your choice, also describing why you believe that you would be a good match.
  2. Application form (Please download here.)
  3. Certificates documenting your degree(s).

Step 3: Upload your documents.

Application Deadline: July 29, 2021 (The call for applications has been closed.)

For any questions regarding Track 1, send us an email.


Only researchers currently on a PostDoc level or higher are eligible for Track 2. This Track targets candidates who have a more general interest in the University of Freiburg’s profile fileds “Biological Signalling Research” and “Functional and Bioinspired Materials”, rather than in applying to one of the Host Principal Investigators.

This track requires familiarisation of the applicants with the University of Freiburg’s profile fieldsBiological Signalling Research” and “Functional and Bioinspired Materials”.

Important elements of those profile fields are e.g. the Clusters of Excellence CIBSS – Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies, BIOSS Centre for Biological Signalling Studies and Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS).

Step 1: Prepare your application

Only complete applications that provide good documentation of the applicant’s qualification and suitability will be considered.

Your application should include the following documents as pdf files:

  1. Letter of motivation (1-2 pages)
    You should
    • a. indicate your motivation for joining the Freiburg Rising Stars Academy,
    • b. describe the goal you wish to achieve as a Rising Star,
    • c. provide a detailed proposal of collaboration with one of the profile fields. Non-mandatorily, this can also include groups or individuals that you wish to collaborate with. Please also indicate possible funding schemes for such a collaboration.
  2. Application form (Please download here.)
  3. Certificates documenting your degrees.

Step 2: Upload your documents.

Application Deadline: July 29, 2021 (The call for applications has been closed.)

Your contacts for questions and advice for Track 2:
Portrait photograph Dr. Christina Gross
Dr. Christina Gross

Scientific Coordinator

Profile field: Biological Signalling Research

Portrait picture Monika Schulz
Dr. Monika Schulz

Managing Director

Profile field: Functional and Bioinspired Materials