On 18 December 2019, the University Executive passed a resolution to assist postdoctoral researchers for the duration of their habilitation period with an annual per-person grant.
As of 1 January 2020, anyone who has been accepted as postdoctoral researcher to complete a habilitation will receive their own budget in the amount of EUR 1,500 per annum. Funding will initially be granted for a period of two years and then extended for the entire duration of the habilitation period after a successful interim evaluation.
The budget will be assigned its own cost centre and can be used to cover research-related expenses (travel expenses, literature, IT needs, printing and copying costs, staff expenditure for student assistants, etc.).
Habilitation researchers accepted to complete their habilitation at the time of inception of the habilitation fund will receive the grant starting on 1 January 2020. There will be no retroactive allocation.
The particulars are governed by the habilitation fund's guidelines and the related information sheet.
Please note that the printing costs of the habilitation thesis can NOT be financed with the funds of the Habilitation Fund!
Please refer to the notice to find out which expenses can be covered by the Habilitation Fund.
As soon as you have been accepted for habilitation at the University of Passau, you can apply for funding from the Habil-Fonds. To do so, simply fill out the informal online application and attach the confirmation of acceptance for habilitation from the relevant faculty.
In order to receive funding from the Habilitation Fund for the entire funding period (generally four years from acceptance for habilitation), the following deadlines must be met:
- proof of eligibility for funding must be provided through the phase-specific documentation requirement as of March 31 and September 30 of each funding year by completing the appropriate online form on the website. For this purpose, an informal application in which the continuation of the habilitation is confirmed by your side is sufficient.
However, there is still a phase-specific evidence requirement, so
- after the 1st funding year, the target agreement must be submitted to the Graduate Center.
- after the 2nd funding year, the positive interim evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate Center.
If the progress of the habilitation is delayed for reasons that cannot be justified (in particular maternity leave, parental leave, or longer periods of illness), the funding can be continued if the subject mentorate decides accordingly. In this case, the adjusted target agreement must also be submitted to the Graduate Center as corresponding proof.
If you are unable to provide proof of the positive interim evaluation in time after the second funding year, the funding year will be suspended for that year. Funding can then be continued in the following year if proof of the positive interim evaluation has been provided by then.
Yes, you can continue to access previously disbursed grant funds.
Generally, no, you are not. If you are employed at another college, university or research institution and have your own budget there to manage funds independently, you are no longer eligible for funding. The previously disbursed funding will be collected and your cost center will be dissolved.
No, the Habil Fund cannot be used to match grants from other university funding formats.
After the completion of the habilitation, your cost center will be dissolved and the remaining funds will be collected. If, however, funds have been earmarked for obligations entered into, such as the contract for the employment of a student assistant, then the fund will remain in existence until these obligations have been fulfilled, insofar as sufficient residual funds are still available for this purpose.