The IPODI Fellowship at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany


The International Postdoc Initiative (IPODI) is part of the gender equality strategy of the Technische Universität Berlin and aims to increase the number of female researchers in leadership positions. The IPODI fellowship program is open to outstanding female researchers of all nationalities and from all fields of research represented at TU Berlin. IPODI fellows will find excellent research conditions in one of the seven faculties of TU Berlin. IPODI awards

Financial Package

IPODI fellows receive a two-year employment contract at TU Berlin with a competitive salary according to salary group E 13 of TVL, including social security and health insurance as well as pension coverage. In addition, each fellow receives a contribution to their research costs of €10,000.


Each fellow is supported by an experienced mentor who is a professor at TU Berlin. The mentor supports the fellow with initiating and conducting her research project, facilitates the integration of the fellow into the research institute, and provides guidance with regard to research and career development.

Training Opportunities

IPODI fellows receive comprehensive training opportunities tailored to their individual needs. Workshops cover all aspects of management and leadership skills, academic career planning, and so forth. Fellows profit from the courses offered by TU Berlin, from TU Berlin’s research services as well as from the wider Berlin-wide network of research facilities. Fellows who are fluent in German are encouraged to participate in ProFiL, a renowned career program for female researchers. Furthermore, IPODI covers the costs for two German language classes per year.


IPODI fellows have various opportunities to expand their professional networks. The IPODI office organizes regular meetings with other IPODI fellows. Fellows are also invited to the President’s welcome reception for international guest researchers and they are able to attend scientific conferences and lectures taking place at the TU Berlin. With four universities and numerous research facilities, Berlin offers extensive professional resources for researchers from any discipline.

Family Service

TU Berlin is committed to creating a family-friendly working environment. Our family services office offers comprehensive advice and support for researchers with care responsibilities (e.g. childcare facilities, flexible working hours).

Eligibility Criteria

In order to enter the selection process, applications have to meet the following criteria:

  • The applicants may have no more than ten years of research experience after obtaining the doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent). In exceptional cases, an extension of up to three years is possible. Researchers with diverse career paths are explicitly invited to apply for an IPODI fellowship. Applications from researchers with periods of international mobility, mobility between sectors or non-academic mobility are especially welcome. IPODI perceives such career “breaks” as additional qualifications with respect to social and organizational skills and considers them within the eligibility criteria and selection process. Candidates with children are automatically granted an extension of the eligibility period of two years per child. The maximumextension to be granted is three years. Applicants are also able to present further circumstances that may lead to an extension of their eligibility period for application (e.g. care responsibilities, chronic disease, illness).
  • The applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the call deadline (Marie Curie Mobility Rule).
  • The research proposal fits into one of the fields of research represented in one of the TU Berlin’s seven faculties and is supported by a cooperating professor at TU Berlin.
  • The application has to be submitted in complete form by the deadline announced in the call for applications.
  • Applications have to be submitted in English.

Application Procedure

Applications have to be submitted in English in the IPODI application portal. In addition to completing the online application form, applicants are asked to upload a number of documents as part of their application. Required documents include:

  • An innovative and independent research proposal (max. five pages) and a time plan demonstrating how the proposed objectives are to be achieved (max. one page),
  • A letter of motivation detailing career perspectives and motivation to apply for IPODI,
  • A completed ethical issues table,
  • A letter of support of a cooperating professor of the TU Berlin,
  • Two external letters of reference.

Research Areas at TU Berlin include: Aeronautics, Antisemitism Research, Architecture, Art History, Astronautics, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication, Computer Engineering, Ecology, Economics, Education, Energy Technology, Engineering Design, Environmental Planning, Environmental Technology, Ergonomics, Factory Management, Fluid Dynamics, Food Chemistry, Food Technology, Gender Studies, Geodesy, Geosciences, High-Frequency and Semiconductor System Technologies, History, Land and Sea Transport Systems, Landscape Architecture, Machine Tools, Management, Material Science, Mathematics, Mechanics, Microelectronics, Philosophy, Physics, Process Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Software Engineering, Technical Acoustics, Telecommunication Systems, Urban and Regional Planning, Work Studies

Application deadline: September 17, 2019 (23:59 CEST)

Researchers returning from periods of international mobility (research outside Germany), mobility between sectors (working in the private sector) or non-academic mobility (e.g. after parental leave) are especially encouraged to apply. 
Applications have to be submitted in English via the IPODI application portal ( For further information, please visit our website ( or contact the IPODI office (Dr. Stefanie Schäfer,, +49 (0) 30 314 79842, Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Germany).


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