Career of scientistsHector RCD Award
The period between postdoc and professorship is crucial for the career of scientists. For this reason, the Hector Fellow Academy launched the Hector Research Career Development Award in 2020 as a program to support the career development of scientists at this stage of their careers.
Through the award, outstanding scientists will not only be supported within the framework of their submitted research project, but will also be able to draw on a valuable network as part of the scientific community in the Hector Fellow Academy. In addition, they gain visibility for their research and support in recruiting young scientists.
Hector Research Career Development Award
Objectives and Scope of the Funding
Since 2020, the Hector Fellow Academy offers the opportunity to apply for the Hector Research Career Development Award (Hector RCD Award). W1 assistant professors (with or without Tenure Track) and junior research group leaders in similar positions in natural or engineering sciences, medicine or psychology, who work at German universities or research institutions are encouraged in further strengthening their independent research.
The Award is endowed with 25,000 € and includes, among others, additional funding for one doctoral position. It is awarded annually to 3 scientists. At least 50% of the awards each year are reserved for female scientists.
The Hector Fellow Academy is pursuing the following goals with the Hector RCD Award:
- Active promotion of researchers on their way to a professorship
- Expansion of the scientific life within the HFA
- Increasing the number of female scientists in the HFA
- Building new opportunities for cooperation between Hector Fellows and the Awardees
The researchers honored with the Award will be accepted for five years as members of the network of top scientists of the Hector Fellow Academy, which is composed of Hector Science Award winners and excellent young researchers. This membership entitles the Award winners to submit applications for further funding formats, e.g. for the organization of workshops/conferences or the presentation of a Speakers Award.