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    When is the deadline for submitting an application?
    The application and the recommendation letter must be submitted by January 16, 2022, 23.59 CET. 

    Is funding for overhead fixed at 10%?
    The amount of overhead funding is not negotiable. The 10% amount is in addition to the grant of CHF 150’000 (for a total of CHF 165’000). See General Information.

    What if I have been on maternity leave(s)?
    We conform to common practice in adjusting for periods of maternity leave (i.e. you may deduct one year per child in calculating the time since receiving your PhD). We will, however, take into account the number of years since you earned your PhD when comparing proposals.

    I have not yet received my PhD. May I still apply?
    By the time the fellowship is awarded (the end of September 2022), you need to have completed your PhD. Please note that if you apply, you will be competing with other candidates who are several years post-PhD. You might, therefore, want to wait for a few more years to gain further experience before applying.

    Can I apply together with other researchers?
    No, the fellowship is awarded to an individual researcher. Joint applications are not possible.

    Do I need to be employed?
    Yes, at the start of the fellowship candidates must be employed at a university or other research institution, but they do not need to have a permanent contract or a full-time position. The fellowship funds must be administered by the relevant university or research institution.

    May I move to another institution during the fellowship period?

    Is there a geographic focus when selecting fellows?
    The fellowship program is international and open to researchers from any country. The question on the application regarding a geographic focus refers to the focus of your research.

    When does the fellowship start?
    The three-year Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 three years later. These dates are not negotiable.

    Am I required to submit a budget?
    No, it is not necessary to submit a budget when applying.

    If I am not selected on my first try, may I reapply?

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