Southeast-Asia Biocultural Evolution Research Fund 2022/2023

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung

Frankfurt am Main

Bewerbungsende: 31.10.2022

The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research was founded in 1817 and is one of the most important research institutions around biological diversity. At its eleven sites throughout Germany, scientists from over 40 nations conduct cutting-edge research on an international scale. The company’s headquarters are in the Main metropolis of Frankfurt in the heart of Germany. It is also home to one of Senckenberg’s best-known facilities, the Senckenberg Natural History Museum.

The Senckenberg Society for Nature Research, the Daimler and Benz Foundation, and the Werner Reimers Foundation will jointly bestow the Southeast-Asia Biocultural Evolution Research Fund for 2022-2024 (“Research Fund”) for a research project in a thematic context of human evolution and palaeo-biodiversity in South-East-Asia.

At the Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt, we call for applications for the

Southeast-Asia Biocultural Evolution Research Fund 2022/2023

South-East-Asian palaeontological and palaeo-anthropological research at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt goes back to the world-renowned palaeontologist Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald, who joined Senckenberg in 1968, funded by the Werner Reimers Foundation. The Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald collection, housed at Senckenberg, includes Pleistocene hominid and hominin fossils, and faunal remains from the Sangiran Dome of Java in Indonesia, and provides great research potential for human evolutionary studies on early Homo as well as on faunal, environmental and ecological evolution of Southeast-Asia.

A two-year Research Fund is offered for an early stage scientist (m/f/d) from Indonesia or another Southeast-Asian country up to 5 years after the doctorate. The methodological approach of your planned research project can be chosen freely within the context of human evolution in Southeast-Asia. The project should contribute to the Senckenberg research program on Biocultural Evolution. Applicants must demonstrate a very good command of English.

Your (academic) profile

  • You are holding an Indonesian citizenship, or a citizenship of another Southeast Asian country
  • You have a doctorate in geosciences or life sciences
  • The doctorate is no longer than 5 years ago
  • You are affiliated to a university or an official research institution

Location: Your home institution, and temporarily Frankfurt

Type of contract: Funding for 24 months / or: Period from 01.12.2022 – 30.11.2024.

Benefits: The Research Fund comprises € 2.500 monthly allowances, including travel support. Additional project funding for a research colloquium at Frankfurt or Bad Homburg, Germany, will be provided.

Senckenberg aims to increase the proportion of women. Qualified female candidates are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Are you interested?

We look forward to your application documents (in English language) mentioning the reference number (ref.#01-22035) sent as a single PDF document until 31.10.2022 by e-mail only.

Please include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation for your application for the Southeast-Asia Biocultural Evolution Fund 2022/2023
  • Academic transcripts, grades and certification (e.g. Bachelor, Master, Diploma, PhD)
  • Brief description of your current activities (studies or professional activities)
  • One-page outline of your research plan
  • Letter of support (e.g. from a faculty member, supervisor or employer). This letter should be also written in English.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good language skills in English, e.g. in form of a certificate from a language test or language course.

Please send your application to:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main


For more information on the Research Fund, please contact: Prof. Dr. Ottmar Kullmer via e-mail:


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Bewerbungsende: 31.10.2022