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AGYA Membership

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The AGYA members must have received their PhD no longer than 3 to 10 years ago at the time of application and must be affiliated with a university or a research institution in Germany or in an Arab country. Membership in the AGYA is granted for up to five years and followed by the membership in a life-long Alumni network, depending on evaluation and funding availability.

The working language of the AGYA is English. No knowledge of German or Arabic is necessary.

The successful candidates demonstrate a proven record of highest research excellence in their field of specialization. Candidates with very strong potential for academic leadership are given priority. Genuine interest in interdisciplinary research in an international environment is also essential.

The selection process consists in a first step of a peer review in order to assess the applications received and make recommendations on the outstanding candidates who are appropriate for membership in the AGYA. In a second step, the panel review, the AGYA Advisory Board selects the new members on basis of these recommendations.

The call for membership is published annually at the beginning of the year.


‘We are AGYA!’ Meet our excellent researches

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‘Where creative ideas of young researchers are heard and turned into action’

Dr. Henda Mahmoudi, Tunisian Biotechnologist at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture in Dubai, joined AGYA in 2013 – the year of its foundation. Since then she has taken an active part in the life of the interdisciplinary academy: Together with her fellow AGYA colleagues, she has initiated a visionary research project fostering the scientific exchange on crop genomics between scientists in Arab countries and Germany.

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How do cultural and ethical factors influence the acceptance of social robots?

Under which conditions can social robots become companions and what are the ethical issues that might arise in such a human-robot companionship? What are the challenges in different societies? These are the topics AGYA member Oliver Korn, Professor for Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at Offenburg University, addresses in his AGYA research.

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“Grow Personally and Professionally!”

Christian Fron is Research Associate for Ancient History at the University of Heidelberg. He earned his PhD in 2014 and joined AGYA last year. In his interview, he outlines why and how he enjoys being an AGYA member. He describes in which ways he intends to contribute further to AGYA.

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Research beyond Borders: Interview with AGYA Member Sarhan Dhouib

In this interview AGYA member Sarhan Dhouib outlines his view on AGYA and sums up how he intends to tackle current political and social challenges: to highlight joint values and to develop solutions through collaborative research.

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Biologist Salma Balazadeh’s Cause: Managing Plants’ Stress to Secure Global Food Supply

In this portrait, Salma Balazadeh explains how she benefits from being an AGYA member and how she initiated scientific collaborations between research groups from Arab and German countries – through and within the AGYA network of excellence.

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Eligibility

  • PhD received no longer than 3 to 10 years ago
  • affiliation with a university or a research institution in Germany or in an Arab country
  • proficiency in English as a working language
  • proven record of highest research excellence in their field of specialization
  • very strong potential for academic leadership
  • interest in interdisciplinary research in an international environment

 

Call for Membership

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