ERC Preparative Fellowships

As a strong research university with international appeal and innovative teaching concepts, Bielefeld University makes an important contribution to a progressive and participatory knowledge society. It is an attractive, family-friendly place to work and study, characterised by an open culture of communication, interdisciplinarity, diversity and freedom of personal development.

Bielefld University was founded in 1969 with an explicit research assignment and a mission to provide high-quality research-oriented teaching. With 25,000 students, it now comprises 13 faculties covering a wide range of subjects in the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and technology. In addition, a medical faculty is currently in the process of being established.

In the renowned Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018), Bielefeld University is Number 29 among the top universities under 50 years old in the world, making it Number 4 in Germany.

To promote excellent academics who are at the beginning of their independent research career, Bielefeld University offers 2 “ERC preparative Fellowships” in form of research associate positions for external researchers who are currently not employed at Bielefeld University.

These positions will offer successful candidates the opportunity to further develop their independent research and to prepare their ERC Starting grant application with Bielefeld University as host institution. The development of an individual research profile and relevant academic skills is considered part of this process.

You will find further information about the application process here:


Name: Dr. Alice Merca

Phone: +49 521 106 3964