Global Young Faculty
Excellence Network for Research in the Ruhr Region
The Ruhr metropolitan area is characterized by a great variety and multitude of research institutions. The Global Young Faculty provides a platform for outstanding and dedicated young scholars from the region to meet and get to know one another, to work on interdisciplinary projects and to receive new stimuli for their own academic research. The goal of this network is to support promising young researchers in their future careers and to offer them an opportunity to work with leading experts from Germany and abroad.
The network is an initiative of Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with the University Alliance Metropolis Ruhr (UAMR), which comprises the universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen. The Global Young Faculty is coordinated by the Mercator Research Centre Ruhr (MERCUR) in Essen.
Structure and Organization
The Global Young Faculty was initiated in 2009. Since then Stiftung Mercator has supported the Global Young Faculty with more than 1.1 million euros. The five working groups of the first year finished their work in the first quarter of 2011. The young researchers who will comprise the second year cohort were selected in the summer of 2011 and worked together for three semesters. In 2013 Stiftung Mercator is providing the third cohort of the Global Young Faculty again with a total of 650,000 Euros for two years. In addition to financial resources for the working groups, each member also receives an individual travel budget.
The Global Young Faculty brings together approximately 50 young academics selected from universities and non-university research institutions based in the Ruhr area. The program enables them to work autonomously in interdisciplinary groups and allows them to choose the subject and format of their work. It supports scholars in their efforts to forge new professional contacts and share ideas beyond institutional and disciplinary borders. This exchange of ideas offers new scope for the development of innovative approaches to research and for discussion of the societal implications of scientific activities.
Call for nominations
The universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen as well as independent research institutions in the Ruhr area can nominate their candidates for the third cohort of the Global Young Faculty (GYF) until June 15, 2013. You can find the call for nominations in the right column.
Outstanding young scientists in all disciplines at the three universities and at the non-university research institutes of the Ruhr region will conduct research into socially-relevant future topics and issues with the objective of networking the region's best young researchers and introducing international young scientists to the Ruhr region.