What is Scholarship B in the SNU

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Program objective

The IFI program is approved for a period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. Applied research stays must therefore be completed by June 30, 2022.

The aim of the program is to promote research stays by highly qualified young German researchers in the field of artificial intelligence as well as computer science in general and related areas at excellent partner institutes abroad. Short scholarships with a duration of 3-6 months can also be awarded to university lecturers and research assistants.

You can find more information about the IFI program on the following website: www.daad.de/ifi

Who can apply?

Above-average qualified candidates who have completed their doctorate with very good results (at least magna cum laude or very good) before starting the scholarship can apply.
If you are not a German citizen, you can apply under certain conditions: Further information

What is funded?

Research stays in the named areas at the following partner institutes are funded:

  • International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, USA
  • Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute - Montreal, Canada
  • National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Republic of Korea
  • Seoul National University (SNU) Graduate School of Data Science, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • Vector Institute, Toronto, Canada
The relevant links and contact persons of the individual partner institutes can be found under the tab Contact and further information.
During the term of the program, further partner institutes can be added, which is indicated accordingly in the permanent online advertisement.
The grants are awarded for research at the partner institutes. The program focuses exclusively on civil applications; Research for military or military-related purposes will not be funded.

Duration of funding

The scholarships are usually awarded for a period of 3 to 24 months. Different terms may have been agreed at certain institutes.
Short scholarships with a duration of 3-6 months are given preferentially to university lecturers and research assistants.

Scholarship benefits

  • Monthly basic amount for accommodation, meals and ancillary expenses: 1,750 euros
  • Foreign surcharge and purchasing power compensation (varies depending on the host country and location), which increase when accompanied by the family and depending on the number of children.
    Example for USA, San Francisco:
    1,334 euros single
    1,868 euros with a spouse or registered partner
    (These are non-binding calculation examples; changes may result from developments in purchasing power equalization)
  • Child allowance for children under the age of 18 (EUR 400 per month for the first and EUR 100 for each additional child)
  • Childcare: If accompanied by children under the age of 12, the monthly childcare costs can be covered up to the amount of the basic scholarship amount
  • Material costs allowance of 250 euros per month of scholarship for the purchase of specialist books, attending specialist congresses, etc.
  • Travel expense allowance for travel from home to the partner institute and back, for accompanying relatives only if they accompany the scholarship holder abroad for at least 6 months and the scholarship is awarded for at least 8 months.
  • Assumption of costs for congress participation that are related to the research project of the fellow. The assumption of such costs is to be agreed primarily with the mentor at the partner institute or with the management of the partner institute; Subsequently, a corresponding application for funding can be submitted to the DAAD once a year.
  • Subsidies for travel and subsistence costs for interviews at universities and non-university research institutions in Germany (from the 7th month of funding, provided that no other party is able to cover costs; funding can be granted up to three times)
  • Subsidies for travel and accommodation costs for research visits to universities and non-university research institutions in Germany for the purpose of planning joint projects or to prepare for professional reintegration in Germany (from the 7th month of funding, provided that the partner institution is unable to cover the costs); the stays should, if possible, be combined with participation in scholarship / alumni meetings
  • Up to 6-month return scholarship (possibly after returning from a scholarship stay of at least one year, if there is still no job prospect in Germany) to work on a specific research project at a German university or non-university research institution that serves to continue the cooperation with the foreign partner institute; The selection committee decides on the award on the basis of an application that explains the research project and the planned reintegration in Germany (benefits: scholarship amount, family allowances, health / personal liability insurance allowance, research grant to the host)

Important NOTE:

Please note that in the scholarship database (www.auslands-stipendien.de) on the “Contact and further information” tab you can find additional information for certain target countries that is important for the application. These only appear in the printout if you have previously selected the target country in the database!

Application requirements

Application requirements

  • Only candidates who are scientifically above average can be considered.
  • They must have completed their doctorate with very good results (at least magna cum laude or very good) before starting the scholarship.
  • The doctorate should not be more than four years ago at the time of application.
  • The planned research project must be presented by the applicants in an independently developed research plan agreed with the host.
Applications from abroad are generally only considered for a stay in a third country.
Further funding in the host country is possible in the following exceptional cases
  • You have not been in the host country for more than a year at the application deadline.
  • You did your doctorate in the host country and there are compelling reasons for funding another project in the host country. Condition: The project will not be carried out at the institution in the host country where you did your doctorate.
Please research the information relevant to the feasibility of the project yourself (e.g. fulfillment of the admission requirements, possible conflicting residence and travel formalities). We provide some important information for you on the DAAD country pages. Applicants are responsible for compliance with deadlines at foreign universities that may come before the results of the scholarship selection (e.g. enrollment deadlines).

Selection process

An independent selection committee made up of leading computer scientists from the university and non-university research area decides on the funding. The reviewers of the selection committee are named in coordination with the scientific advisory board of the program. The selection takes place without a personal introduction on the basis of the submitted documents.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria are based on the overall qualifications of the applicants including the list of publications and their suitability for the research project at the respective partner institute.
Important criteria are:

  • professional qualification, which you document with the description of the course of studies, the study achievements, reports and publications
  • personal suitability for the stay abroad (language skills)
  • Quality and the scientific standards of the research project
  • Concept of implementation
  • Competence of the host institute in the field of work
When assessing the application, decisive weight is placed on a clear and detailed justification for the research project. In addition to referring to your own preparatory work, the justification should also address the importance of the project for German research and the question of why it is important to develop this project abroad and at the intended institute.

Application process

Application documents

The application documents can be submitted in German or English.

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Detailed tabular curriculum vitae with academic career (please indicate the month and the duration (e.g. MM / YY - MM / YY))
  • List of publications (please tick which publications you are submitting or uploading); separated into publications in reviewed specialist journals and specialist books, conference contributions, possibly reviews, etc., with complete bibliographical information, including the first and last page number as well as information on whether submitted contributions have been accepted for publication. Please only list articles that have already been published, accepted or submitted and differentiate between original articles and review articles. In the case of publications with several authors, please also indicate your own contribution (e.g. in percent).
  • Your most important publications (at least 1, at most 3). Uploading is not required if it is available online. In this case, the electronic link must be given.
  • Short summary of the dissertation (1-2 pages). The dissertation itself is not required.
  • Detailed, independently developed research and time schedule agreed with the host, including a description of any preparatory work that may have been carried out for the stay at the partner institute. The references can be attached separately.
  • Reasons for the application with explanations of the importance of the research project and the stay abroad for your own academic and professional plans (1-2 pages)
  • Confirmation of supervision by the foreign host (with letterhead from the partner institute and the host's signature), which shows that the research project has been discussed in detail with the host, the language skills required for the research work at the partner institute are available and, if the application is successful, a work station is available from the partner institute is provided.
  • University certificates: University degree certificates (each with individual grades)
  • Doctoral certificate or provisional certificate of completion of the doctorate.
  • Cover sheet consisting of a short summary of the research project and the (possibly provisional) title of the thesis (max. Half a page) as well as max. 5 keywords and the subject allocation of the application according to the ACM Computing Classification System (CCS)
To be submitted by post:
  • A confidential report consisting of the DAAD report form (Part A) and a free-form report (Part B) issued by the supervisor of the doctoral thesis.
  • If the doctorate has not yet been completed, the doctoral supervisor's report must state the status of the doctorate and - if possible - the expected result.
You can find the report form in the DAAD portal under the heading “Personal funding”.
Current note on application deadlines until December 31, 2021: Due to the current pandemic situation, applications can be submitted without an application review.

Application deadline

An application is possible at any time, but should be submitted no later than three months before the desired start of funding.
Please allow additional time for further formalities (such as applying for a visa), which may only be possible after submitting the scholarship certificate. If the application deadline of three months is not met, the DAAD reserves the right to postpone the start of funding.
Current note: Applications in the countries currently affected by COVID-19 are possible. The departure date depends on the local situation and may be postponed. Current information can be found on our homepage.

Note on the application documents

Incomplete applications will not be considered by the DAAD. You are responsible for completeness. The postmark applies to the timely mailing of any reports that may have to be submitted.
Privacy: Application documents remain with the DAAD and become its property. Your personal data will be stored by the DAAD in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, insofar as they are necessary to process the application or the scholarship. The documents of unsuccessful applicants will be deleted after a reasonable period of time.

Place of application

The required report must be sent by post to:

German Academic Exchange Service
Unit ST43 / Research Programs
Mrs. Christina Renger
Kennedyallee 50, 53175 Bonn
Tel .: (0228) 882-8891
Email: [email protected]
Internet: www.daad.de/ifi

Contact and further information

Contact and further information

Contact and further information
German Academic Exchange Service
Unit ST43 / Research Programs
Mrs. Christina Renger
Kennedyallee 50, 53175 Bonn
Tel .: (0228) 882-8891
Email: [email protected]
Internet: www.daad.de/ifi

Here you will find information on the research profiles of the partner institutes as well as the contact details of the contact persons for postdoc programs:

  • International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), Berkeley, USA
    Contact person: Maria Eugenia Quintana, Executive Director
    Email: [email protected]
  • Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute - Montreal, Canada
    Contact person: Linda Peinthière
    Email: [email protected]
  • National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan
    Contact person: Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Planas
    Email: [email protected]
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, Republic of Korea
    Contact person: Prof. Wook-Shin Han
    Email: [email protected]
  • Seoul National University (SNU) Graduate School of Data Science, Seoul, Republic of Korea
    Contact person: Prof. Dr. Sang-Kyun Cha
    Email: [email protected]
  • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
    Contact person: Ayellet Catalan
    Email: [email protected]
  • Vector Institute, Toronto, Canada
    Contact person: Richard Zemel, Research Director
    Email: [email protected]
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To the application

The application for this scholarship is made online via the DAAD portal.

The application process step by step

  • Register on the DAAD portal (read instructions for registering on the portal)
  • Apply online in the DAAD portal (read application instructions in the portal)
  • Request expert opinion in the DAAD portal (if necessary, see section "Application documents" on the tab "Application procedure")
    You generate the form to be filled out by the reviewer in the DAAD portal under the heading "Request review" as a writable PDF. Please send the form to your reviewer by email with the request to fill out the form and forward it directly to the DAAD.
    Please create an expert opinion form for each expert.

Please send documents to be submitted by post to the DAAD, Kennedyallee 50, 53175 Bonn.

If you have any technical questions or problems, the technical portal hotline will help you on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at (+49) 228 / 882-8888 or by email at [email protected]
Please plan this in your application.