Call for Membership 2018

AGYA Call for Membership 2018 - Application Deadline 3 April 2018


The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Egypt (ASRT) is pleased to announce its Call for Membership 2018. AGYA promotes research cooperation among outstanding early-career researchers from all disciplines who are affiliated with a research institution in Germany or any Arab country. The academy provides partnership-building opportunities and funding to support the innovative projects of its members in various fields of research as well as in science policy and education. More than 50 members - in equal number Arab and German scholars - have been selected to join AGYA since 2013.



  • AGYA offers its members a unique opportunity to take an active part in the life of the multidisciplinary academy and supports them to implement their own ideas, visions and creative projects in the framework of Arab-German research cooperation.
  • AGYA membership is granted for up to 5 years followed by a lifelong membership in the alumni network of excellent researchers. Furthermore, AGYA connects its members with outstanding research institutions in Germany and the Arab countries and facilitates collaboration opportunities. Therefore, AGYA members have an exclusive access to an academic network of excellence.
  • AGYA provides the funding to realize innovative research projects within its working groups and in joint projects between Arab and German members.
  • Members meet regularly to discuss, develop and implement joint research initiatives on cutting-edge issues. Travel expenses for AGYA workshops and conferences are covered for all members.
  • AGYA offers a range of training opportunities to enhance the academic careers as well as the interdisciplinary and intercultural skills of its members and promotes them as ambassadors of science and culture.



  • Successful candidates are expected to have a proven record of research excellence in their field of specialization.
  • Candidates with strong potential for academic leadership will be given priority.
  • Membership requires active engagement. As AGYA is a working academy, successful candidates are expected to dedicate a significant amount of time to AGYA activities and the funded projects they initiate in the framework of the academy.
  • Commitment to realizing interdisciplinary research projects in collaboration with AGYA members and other partners is essential.
  • Elected members will be required to attend the annual conference of AGYA in the second half of October 2018.



  • Early-career researchers from any field of the Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical Sciences and the Arts are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be affiliated with a university or a research institution in Germany or any Arab country (Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen).
  • Applicants should be early career researchers. At the time of application, the candidate’s doctoral degree has preferably been awarded not less than three and no longer than ten years.
  • Applicants must have full command of English, the working language of AGYA. No knowledge of German or Arabic is necessary.

Application Process

Interested applicants are required to submit the following documents in English:

  • Application form to be downloaded here
  • CV, including a list of publications
  • Letter of motivation
  • Two letters of academic references.

All documents should be submitted via email as a single PDF file to: agya[at]
Deadline: The closing date for the submission of applications is 3 April 2018.

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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. Currently, she is one of six members of AGYA’s Steering Committee, which coordinates AGYA activities carried out by its members.

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

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Research beyond Borders: Interview with AGYA Member Sarhan Dhouib

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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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“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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