Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB) as a non-university research institute of the federal state of Berlin provides financial means for the enhanced promotion of young scientists at ZIB in close cooperation with universities in Berlin from acquired third-party funding, which are intended for PhD scholarships. The use of funds allocated by the state of Berlin is not permissible in this context. The persons responsible for the granting of the Konrad Zuse Scholarship and the tutoring of the scholarship holders are the professors at ZIB, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Deuflhard, Prof. Dr. Grötschel and Prof. Dr. Reinefeld.
These guidelines are largely in line with the DFG recommendations on the granting of scholarships within the framework of post-graduate programmes (Graduiertenkollegs), however, deviate from these guidelines in some aspects due to the small number of scholarship holders and in order to simplify the entire process.
The scholarship holder is selected by the professor responsible for the relevant field of research. An official tender or a formalized selection process is not required.
To qualify for the scholarship the following criteria should be met:
The chosen candidate will receive a formal letter of acceptance related to the scholarship and the rights and obligations attached to it.
The scholarship period will be two years and can be renewed for up to one further year.
The granting of the scholarship does not constitute an employment contract with ZIB or the federal state of Berlin. In particular, it is not a regular wage according to § 14 Buch IV Sozialgesetzbuch (German Social Welfare Act) and is not subject to social security contributions.
The payment is tax-free and is not subject to income tax regulations.
For graduates of Berlin universities the usual studying regulations apply. The matriculation form has to be presented before the start of the respective semester.
Regulations for health and accident insurance are based on those applicable for students.
The following amounts shall be paid (non-cash) as a monthly scholarship in the middle of the month:
The child care allowance is granted if the sponsorship holder is entitled to receive child benefit pursuant to Bundes-Kindergeldgesetz (Federal Child Benefit Act) or would be entitled without statutory competitive regulations being applied.
Travel expenses for participation in conferences, workshops etc. and for the financing of research visits as well as expenses for invitations of guest researchers will be covered from acquired third-party funding according to ZIB regulations.
ZIB will provide the scholarship holder with a workplace including the necessary technical equipment. The scholarship holder will be treated as an employee and will have the same rights and duties as the ZIB staff with regard to the use of technical equipment and other services (e.g., library, computing time).
The scholarship holder will inform his/her tutor regularly about the process of his/her research work. The tutor will intensely consult the scholarship holder in matters concerning his/her doctorate. The scholarship holder will be offered the opportunity to give a lecture on his/her latest work at least once a year in the context of the regular departmental seminar.
Before the start of each semester the scholarship holder will comprehensively discuss with his/her tutor which courses/lectures to attend.
Participation in the academic life of the working group and attending individual lectures are essential elements of the doctorate.
The scholarship holder is freed from any obligation in terms of teaching and research. Organisational work related to scientific events within or outside of ZIB are to be conducted on an individual basis.
With the acceptance of the scholarship the scholarship holder is obliged
The scholarship holder is obliged to inform ZIB immediately
The scholarship holder acknowledges that
Concerning holidays, sickness and absence for other reasons, the relevant regulations for the ZIB staff apply, regardless of the student status of the scholarship holder, during his research stay.
All departments and committees of ZIB are to be informed about the scholarship holder's work and will offer support whenever necessary.
Berlin, 28.09.1995 Stand: 01.01.2003
P. Deuflhard Präsident