Welcome to the application portal for the Hector Research Career Development Award!

Do you want to become a limited term member of the Hector Fellow Academy, receive 25.000€ in research funds and a doctoral researcher position for three years for your proposed project? Then we are looking forward to receiving your application.

Before starting your application, please read the following information and the “Instructions for Users” carefully.

To start the application process, please REGISTER. After confirming registration by e-mail, you can log in to your profile and start completing the online application form.

Motivation letter

Please describe why you want to become a limited term member of the Hector Fellow Academy and how your proposed project connects to the current Hector Fellows and enhances the aims of the Hector Fellow Academy (1 page).

Project proposal

Please describe the proposed project for the doctoral thesis that shall be pursued by the doctoral researcher in the 3 years of funding by HFA (max. 3 pages)

Timeline and work schedule

Please prepare a work schedule and timeline for the project (1 page)

Curriculum vitae

Your curriculum vitae should include teaching experience and experience in supervising students and doctoral researchers (max. 5 pages)

List of key publications

Please include a list of your 10 key publications

Copy of doctoral certificate

Please submit a copy of your doctoral certificate. If your degree is not in English or German, please provide a translation.

For degrees in medicine, the following applies:

“[…] A first degree in medicine alone will not be accepted by itself as equivalent to a PhD/doctoral degree. To be considered eligible, applicants holding a degree in medicine need to provide the certificates of both the medical degree and a PhD or proof of an appointment that requires doctoral equivalency in life science research (e.g., post-doctoral fellowship, professorship appointment). Additionally, candidates must also provide information on their research experience (including peer reviewed publications) in order to further substantiate the equivalence of their overall training to a PhD.
In these cases, the certified date of the medical degree completion plus two years is the reference date of the actual Phd/doctoral degree, that will be applied for the calculation of the eligibility.
For applicants holding both a degree in medicine and a PhD, the date used for the calculation of the eligibility period (i.e. medical degree plus two years or PhD award date) is the date of the earliest degree that makes the applicant eligible. […]”


Template extension of eligibility and documentation if exemption of 7 years post doctorate regulation is applied for

You can find the template on the application platform. Please provide documentation such as birth certificates for each child.

Letter of support by head of institute

The letter of support by the head of your institute should guarantee access to the infrastructure required for the proposed project (e.g. lab space, office space for doctoral researcher, …) and at minimum the right to supervise a doctoral researcher on the content level. Preferably, you are allowed to be the first supervisor.
You can find the template on the application portal.

Please find detailed information on the required documents by clicking each document.

We will continuously check the applications and forward the most promising ones to Hector Fellows for an interview.

Afterward, we will invite the most promising candidates for a personal presentation in front of a multidisciplinary panel of Hector Fellows at the end of February. We will inform the selected candidates by February 2022.

Your application will be evaluated based on scientific excellence, innovation & feasibility of the proposed project for doctoral thesis, connectivity to Hector Fellows and the aims of the Hector Fellow Academy.


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