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IPODI Report Summary

Project ID: 600209
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Germany

Periodic Report Summary 2 - IPODI (International Post-Doc Initiative of the Technische Universität Berlin (IPODI))

Between 2013 and 2018 the International Post-Doc Initiative (IPODI) of the Technische Universitaet Berlin (TU Berlin) awards 21 (plus 5) two-year fellowships to international female researchers in three internationally open calls for application. IPODI addresses outstanding and experienced female researchers regardless of their nationality or age and is open to applications from all fields of research represented in the seven faculties of the TU Berlin. IPODI aims to promote the career development of female researchers in ERA and to increase the number of women in leadership positions and higher qualification levels in research, in particular in those research areas in which they are underrepresented. Due to the success of the programme the TU Berlin decided to fund two additional fellowships in the second call for applications and an additional fourth call for applications for three fellowships.
IPODI Fellows receive a two-year employment contract with salaries equal to those of the Marie Curie Programme for experienced researchers, including social security and health insurance as well as pension coverage, a yearly travel allowance, a contribution to research costs of EUR 4,800 per fellowship and professional training in transferable skills and research management.
In order to be eligible applicants must have at least two and not more than ten (in exceptional cases up to thirteen) years of research experience after obtaining their doctoral degree, they must comply with the Mobility Rule and the research proposal has to be supported by a cooperating professor of the TU Berlin. Researchers returning from periods of international mobility (researching outside Germany), intersectoral mobility (working in the private sector) or non-academic mobility (e.g. after parental leave) are especially encouraged to apply.
The IPODI calls for application are announced internationally and are disseminated through all available instruments (IPODI website: www.ipodi.tu-berlin.de, job portals and web-based resources, including EURAXESS, scientific networks, websites, newsletters, mailing lists, homepage of TU Berlin, flyers and posters; see flyers in the attachment). All applications for IPODI are submitted electronically in the IPODI Online Portal (www.ipodi.de) and applicants are able to monitor the status of their application in the online portal during each stage of the selection process.
The IPODI selection process is organized as follows: After the eligibility check, which is conducted by the IPODI Office, each application is evaluated by two to three independent international expert reviewers from the applicant’s field of research; the reviews are submitted electronically in the IPODI Online Portal. At its first meeting the IPODI Selection Committee decides on the basis of the results of the external peer review who will be invited for an interview. The interviews with the pre-selected applicants take place around 3 weeks later and are conducted by the Selection Committee. After the interviews the Selection Committee awards a grade to each applicant, which is then added to the grade from the peer review. After that a final ranking list of applications is compiled and the highest-ranking candidates receive a fellowship offer.
The first call for applications was open from 15 October 2013 until 15 January 2014. The selection process ended on 12 April 2014; the first seven IPODI Fellows started their research projects between May and November 2014. The success rate for the first call was 12% with a very high quality of the incoming applications: the average rating of all applications by the independent expert reviewers was 4.24 of 5 possible points.
After the success of the first call the TU Berlin decided to fund two additional fellowships from their own resources in the second call for applications, which was open from 15 September 2014 until 15 December 2014. The selection process ended on 28 March 2015. The 7+2 fellows arrived at the TU Berlin between July and September 2015. The success rate was 17.5% with an even higher average mark of all applications of 4.41 points.
The third call for applications was open from 15 July 2015 until 15 October 2015. The selection process ended on 23 January 2016 with a success rate of 14.5% and an average rating of all applications of 4.26 points. The 7 fellows started to work at TU Berlin between April and August 2016.
Due to the success of the programme the TU Berlin decided to fund an additional fourth call for applications for 3 fellowships, which was open from 5 October 2016 until 5 January 2017 with the selection process ending on 6 April 2017. The success rate was 8.5%, the average mark 4.18%.
The IPODI programme and its fellows are promoted continuously in TU Berlin’s internal publications (for an overview see http://www.ipodi.tu-berlin.de/zielgruppen/downloads/). The programme has also been invited to contribute project descriptions to a number of external publications, including a publication by the German Rector’s Conference with good practice examples for internationalization at German universities (HRK (ed.): Auf international Erfolge aufbauen. Beispiele guter Internationalisierungspraxis an deutschen Hochschulen. Bonn, 2014). Each IPODI Fellow and each IPODI Alumna has an individual profile page of the IPODI website (see http://www.ipodi.tu-berlin.de/ipodi/ipodi_fellows_alumnae/) with a professionally taken photograph, short CV and research profile, information on the IPODI research project, contact information and a statement of the fellow on why her research is relevant. The dissemination and communication activities of the IPODI Fellows are listed on a separate page of the website (see http://www.ipodi.tu-berlin.de/ipodi/ipodi_fellows_alumnae/fellows_activities/).
A senior researcher of TU Berlin, the IPODI Mentor, supports each fellow in her career development and the IPODI Office organizes tailor-made trainings for the fellows, including workshops in transferable skills, information events and networking and social events (see http://www.ipodi.tu-berlin.de/ipodi/ipodi_events/). All IPODI Fellows can participate in all of the TU Berlin’s continuing education courses and services, including ProFiL, a highly successful training programme for female researchers aiming at a full professorship.
IPODI is very well accepted within the scientific community and within the university itself, which is shown by the success rates and by the large number of enquires and registrations in the IPODI Online Portal during the call openings. More than every third TU full professor has supported at least one application as mentor in at least one of the calls for application.
An external evaluation of the programme in 2016 confirms that the “objectives of the initiative have been achieved to a very high degree”, stating that “The support from the IPODI Office and the Faculties is large, and the scientific output of the fellows is enormous. In particular, the supervision is appreciated, as are the good integration in the networks of the TU Berlin and time flexibility. The programme contributed considerably to the career advancement of the fellows. Their career opportunities in the private and in the academic sector have increased. The accompanying measures contribute considerably to profile enhancement, which increases the leadership qualities of the fellows.”
Contact:
Technische Universität Berlin
IPODI Office
Dr. Elke Gehweiler
Straße des 17. Juni 135
D-10623 Berlin
Germany
Email: elke.gehweiler@tu-berlin.de
Phone: +49-30-314 79842
Website: www.ipodi.tu-berlin.de

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