Next STAR Call

The next Call will open in September/October 2021

What is STAR?

STAR: Sensing and Sensibility – Transcending Disciplines for a Responsible Future is an innovative training and mobility programme co-funded by the European Commission within the MSCA COFUND. It will be implemented by the University of Siegen, supported by an expandable consortium of currently 23 academic and non-academic partner organisations (non-recruiting), offering specialised hosting/training opportunities to recruited researchers.

What are the main goals of STAR?

The overarching goal of STAR is to provide an inspiring and productive environment and comprehensive support to attract, develop, and globally interconnect researchers, allowing them to develop the necessary skill set required to tackle today’s challenges.

Who can apply?

The programme will fund 20 experienced researchers (12 INCOMING/8 OUTGOING), who either have a PhD degree or who have at least 4 years equivalent full-time equivalent research experience, proposing an individual, innovative and excellent research/training project. Candidates applying for a fellowship must comply with the programme’s eligibility criteria.

How are researchers selected?

As a holder of the HR Excellence in Research award, the University of Siegen will guarantee a recruitment process based on openness, transparency, merit, impartiality, and equality. Selection will mainly be based on an international peer review and interviews conducted with the candidates.

How can I apply?

You find all information on how to apply here.

The Guide for Applicants gives you information and advice for your proposal and can be downloaded here.

Templates for all documents that need to accompany your application can be found in the documents section.

The link to the application portal is here. The entry page to the application platform is not translated yet but you can switch to English as soon as you are registered. If you have trouble please check the guide on our application portal in the documents section.

What is the scientific framework of STAR?

The scientific framework offered by STAR is structured along seven thematic challenges, incorporating the research priorities (profile areas) at the University of Siegen. Project proposals proposed by candidates must in principle fit into at least one of these areas, within which they can develop their own research ideas (bottom-up approach). However, each researcher must find one or, if necessary, several supervisors to support the project and mentor him/her throughout the individual fellowship. The following STAR profile areas cover both basic research and applied research. For detailed information please follow the links below:

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