Hector RCD AwardQuestions and Answers
Am I still eligible if I do not hold a W1 assistant professorship nor a junior research group leader position at the moment?
One of the requirements for the application is that you are either a W1 assistant professor (with or without Tenure Track) or a junior research group leader in the natural or engineering sciences, medicine or psychology. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions.
Please find more information here.
I know that you must have a junior research group like Emmy-Noether Programme (DFG), ERC Starting Grant (EU), Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) junior research group, Helmholtz Nachwuchsgruppe (HGF), Max-Planck Research Group (MPG) or Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (AvH). Can I still apply if I am affiliated with a different program?
The list of awards/research groups eligible is not exhaustive but is intended to serve as an example of what kind of positions are comparable (scientific independence, own funds outside of own position, ability to supervise doctoral researchers). In addition, you are also eligible if you hold a W1 (tenure track or no tenure track).
I have already received the formal acceptance letter and will start my own research group in a few months from now. Would I be eligible to apply for the Hector RCD Award this year even if I have not formally started my position as a junior research group leader/W1 professor yet?
Yes, you are eligible to apply. Please make sure that your group starts by March 2023.
I am in the first year of my junior research group. Therefore, my contract is currently limited to the first funding period pending review and interim evaluation. At the moment, I don't have any written confirmation yet, but my institute and I are confident that I will receive funding for the second funding period as well. Is this a problem or can I/my institute explain this accordingly?
This is not a problem. We just need written confirmation that the necessary infrastructure will be available to you for the length of the proposed funding period.
How do you define an “outstanding scientist”?
An outstanding scientists is not strictly defined by a “summa cum laude” doctorate degree. Exceptional results can be proven by a variety of ways, e.g., awards and grants, publications, patents, outreach activities, teaching and supervision.
Do I already have to be employed at a German university or institution at the time of application?
Non-permanent employment at a German university or research institution is a prerequisite for the application. However, if you are still abroad but have already received the formal acceptance letter and will start your own research group in Germany by March 2023, you may also apply.
Can I re-apply this year or are reapplications excluded?
If you fulfil the requirement, you are very welcome to apply a second time. Unfortunately, we can not give you individual feedback or advice on your first application. However, before applying a third time, we recommend that you contact us first.
I have completed by doctorate on September 15, 2015. How do you calculate the 7‑year deadline?
To be eligible you must have completed your doctorate less than seven years prior to the application deadline, i.e. October 30, 2022. Therefore, you would not be eligible. However, exemptions may apply.
Which exemptions from the 7‑year deadline may apply?
Exemptions can be made for time spent e.g., in clinical training, military service or parental leaves (please note that different regulations apply to m/f/x applicants). Look here for further details.
I have children. Does this affect the 7‑year deadline?
A female applicant will automatically be granted an 18-month extension for each child born before or after the doctoral award. If you can document a longer parental leave, the eligibility period will be extended by the documented amount of actual leave taken until the call deadline. Please submit copies of the birth certificates.
Male applicants will be granted an extension by the documented time of leave taken until the call deadline for each child born before or after the PhD award.
Where can I find any templates on the portal?
You have will access to the templates in the portal as soon as you have successfully registered. The link to the portal is only valid during the official application period (September 1 – October 30). We only provide templates for the support letters by the institute and a template for the extension of the eligibility period.
What should I include in my CV? Is there a template?
There is no template available. The CV should not exceed 5 pages and should include: current and previous positions, teaching experience, experience in supervision of students and doctoral researchers since the postdoc phase, acquired third-party funding in k€, an overview of competitive scholarships and grants won plus other relevant awards, public engagement, and outreach activities, patents (if applicable).
Who should write the Letter of Support?
The Letter of Support should be written by the head of the institute.
Does the page count of the dissertation project proposal also include the relevant literature references?
No, the references do not count towards the page limit.
Is a budget plan also requested (in addition to a timetable and work program)?
No, a budget plan is not required.
Should I provide a detailed list of equipment and material resources needed for the research proposal? If so, where should this be mentioned?
A detailed list is not necessary.
Is it desirable or even advantageous if the doctoral candidate for the planned doctoral project can already be named?
No, it is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage if the doctoral candidate can already be named.
In which language should I apply? German or English?
You can submit your application in German or in English.
Is there an advantage if I submit the application before the deadline?
All applications that are submitted within the deadline will be considered.
However, we highly encourage you to submit your documents once they are complete. There are no extensions if technical issues prevent you from submitting the application on time.
Will I get a confirmation that you have received my documents?
You will receive an automatic confirmation right after submission. Please also check your SPAM.