Information for new academic members

What is ACalNet?

ACalNet is a network between RWTH Aachen University and three Californian partner universities (namely UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Los Angeles), which is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Within this network, project-based stipends are given to undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and professors of technical or natural sciences for exchange visits between the partner institutions.

Which benefits result from a membership in the network?

By participating in ACalNet, the cooperation between research groups from RWTH Aachen University and the Californian universities should be facilitated. In detail, the following activities are funded partly or completely by the network:

  • A visit by professors or postdocs at a foreign partner university
  • A research visit by graduate students at a foreign partner university for 4 to 6 months
  • A research visit by undergraduate students at a foreign partner university for 3 months
  • Publication of joint papers between network partners

Funding for the activities described above is reserved to research groups from ACalNet academic members. Before being able to recommend students or researchers for a stay abroad or act as host in an exchange visit, a professor has to apply for ACalNet membership.

Which requirements are necessary for a membership in ACalNet?

The fundamental requirement for an academic membership in ACalNet is a teaching allowance at one of the participating universities (RWTH Aachen University, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara). Moreover, ACalNet operates in a scientific frame as thematic network. Consequently, all members should work on some aspect of ACalNet's main research focus, namely the fields of NMR and catalysis. The clearly defined intention of ACalNet is the acquisition of third party funding for joint projects between RWTH Aachen University and the Californian partner universities. Therefore, the active ambition to create new joint projects is an important criterion for a successful application for membership. Vice versa, these ambitions are supported by ACalNet as much as possible.

Which documents are necessary for the application?

The Governing Board decides twice a year about applications for membership in ACalNet. Following steps should be taken for admission to the network:

  1. Sending a short email to the ACalNet coordinator stating your interest in becoming an academic member of the network
  2. Submission of the following application documents to the ACalNet coordination office (written in English and combined in one PDF document):
    • Short motivation letter. Why do you apply for membership? (max. 500 words)
    • Curriculum vitae / résumé including a list of your five most important publications from the last years (max. 2 pages)
    • Short scientific description of your potential contribution to ACalNet's research activities (max. 500 words)
    • Short description of potential research interfaces and cooperation projects with at least two foreign ACalNet members (max. 500 words)

The deadlines for submission of applications are March, 1st and September, 1st. A decision by the Governing Board can be expected in May and November, respectively.