Applications open for Freiburg Rising Stars Academy

June 28, 2021

One of Penn State's partners, the University of Freiburg, has announced the opening of applications for their Rising Stars Academy, a program which seeks to “bring together highly talented early career researchers with top-level scientists within the strongest disciplines of the University of Freiburg,” according to a release by the institution. The program, geared towards doctoral candidates and postdocs, is designed to create networks and opportunities for collaboration. 

The academy is seeking candidates in the areas of materials science, chemistry, biology, genetics, informatics, physics, engineering, microscopy, medicine, and numerous related interdisciplinary fields to work in the broad categories of “Biological Signaling Studies” and “Functional and Bioinspired Materials.” 

The academy aligns with the Penn State-Freiburg partnership, which is centered around work in Living Materials, spearheaded on the Penn State side by the Convergence Center for Living Multifunctional Material Systems (LiMC2) under the leadership of Zoubeida Ounaies. 

As Alexandra Persiko, strategic partnerships manager in Global Programs, said, “This is another wonderful opportunity for engagement between Penn State and our strong university partner in Freiburg.”  

The program offers two different tracks for admission: 

  • In Track 1, candidates will apply directly for collaboration with one of the host principal investigators.  

  • In Track 2, only PostDocs and researchers on a similar career level are eligible. This allows for an application without choosing a host principal investigator. 

For details about the application process, candidates should visit 

Application deadline is July 29. 

The "Rising Stars" will be selected by the host principal investigators, the speakers of the profile fields mentioned above, as well as an international panel of experts. Successful candidates will be announced by end of September. 

For more information, contact


Last Updated June 28, 2021