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The GOETHE INTERNATIONAL POSTDOC PROGRAM (GO-IN) will comprise 40 postdoc fellowship years, which will be hosted in one of seven key research areas at the Goethe University. The program focuses mainly on incoming mobility and addresses junior researchers from all nationalities, who have minimum 4 years and maximum 10 years of research experience (incl. the phase of the PhD) before the start of the postdoctoral research grant being applied for. The fellowships will last 12-24 months according to the research project the fellow plans to execute at Goethe University. For the time of the fellowship the fellows will receive an employment contract according to the conditions of national regulations and the guidelines of the Marie Curie Program. This will cover social security and payments of social benefits such as a contribution to pension funds and health insurance. The program emphasizes equal opportunities and strongly encourages the application of junior scientists, who want to resume their academic career, which has been interrupted because of familial reasons. The program runs an open, merit-based competition for the applying fellows and is founded on international peer-review.
Initially, the GO-IN PROGRAMME focuses on seven key research areas of the university, which are selected based on their capacities and international recognition: 1. Normative Orders, 2. Empirical Educational Research, 3. Structural Biology, 4. Biodiversity and Climate Research, 5. Oncology, 6. Gene and Cell Therapy, and 7. Economics, Finance and Management. Fellows can choose the topic and supervisor for their research project freely from these seven topics. The program provides added value for both, the recruited postdocs and Goethe University: the postdocs will have the opportunity to gain essential international experience during a crucial stage of their career and research and the Goethe University benefits from scientists at their most creative stage of their academic development.

After 17 GO-IN fellowships have been awarded in the first reporting period (01.09.2012-31.08.2014), with the third and forth call the last 5 positions are awarded.

With the 3rd call 2 fellows have been employed out of 10 applications from young scientists from 5 countries worldwide (Oncology: 1, Structural Biology: 1). In the 4th call 3 fellows have been awarded a GO-IN fellowship out of 17 applications from 11 different countries of origin (Biodiversity and Climate Research: 2, Structural Biology: 1). The percentage of female postdocs out of the 3rd and 4th calls is 80 %.

The individual career development of postdoctoral researchers is one main focus of the program and was monitored in a further evaluation. All fellows are continuing their career after termination of their GO-IN fellowship, and the majority of fellows stay as researchers in academia and start as group leaders or assistant professors. 83 % of the fellows stated that the fellowship had a high impact on their career development (17 % medium). Except one, all fellows are continuing their career in academia for instance as assistance professor at the Oxford University (UK). One fellow became director of preclinical studies in a private company in Dijon (France). The fellow, who was awarded a Humboldt fellowship, is now Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley (USA).

GO-IN has an own webpage at the Goethe University web site ( and is introduced on the webpage of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

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