The Johanna Quandt Young Academy at Goethe (JQYA)

The Academy Program of JQYA

Being a Fellow of JQYA means working at the very heart of science and scholarliness, applying your passion to matters concerning science and society, politics and economics, leadership and career development. Transfer of the scientific knowledge into the global context is an important learning process for young scientists during establishing their independence. The Academy Program offers a frame for a close intellectual exchange and initiates dialogues of Fellows among themselves and with leading personalities from science, industry, society and politics. It helps to foresight, recognize and approach upcoming societal problems and present science-based solutions to these problems. The framework of our Academy Program includes:

✓ Annual internal workshop to define the Academy Theme of JQYA

✓ Monthly round-table discussions or think-tanks on the defined Academy Theme

✓ Annual two-days impulse-giving event with leading personalities from science, industry, society and politics to:

  • award new Fellowships and Memberships
  • present research results of the JQYA
  • discuss with the invited experts and the Distinguished Senior Scientists

✓ Annual event with the executive committee of Goethe University to shape the (scientific) strategy of Goethe University.

All Fellows of the Academy Program are strongly supported in Scientific Development which offers continuing professional qualification at Goethe University or other institutions. The JQYA provides funds to all Fellows to ensure a strong interaction, a fruitful collaboration on the Academy Theme and to ensure individualized career development.  

The Academy Theme in 2020/21 - "Tenents, Variations, Transformations"

For 2020–2021, the JQYA has chosen to address current issues in sciences, arts, and humanities through the theme ‘Tenets, Variations, Transformations’.

As basic principles, tenets not only guide the practice of scientists across disciplines, but also the social and political life in our societies. Even though widely accepted, such principles are, however, subject to important variations. Any changes over time, that are transformative in scope, challenge the fundamental nature of tenets. Such paradigm shifts result in a conceptual re-thinking such as discovering of unknown natural laws, changes of institutional policies, definition of novel traditions, priorities, research fields, etc.

The three key terms of tenets, variations, and transformations offer multiple avenues for a truly interdisciplinary discussion by posing scientific questions such as:

  • What are the ‘tenets’ we as a community adhereto in various contexts such as scientific practiceacross disciplines, or in society and politics?
  • What type of ‘variations’ can we discern fromthese tenets, and under what conditions arethese still acceptable deviations of a given norm?
  • How do we define ‘transformations’, and to what extent do these deconstruct or replacepre-existing tenets and their variations?
  • How are the assumptions of these concepts correlated in the different fields?

We invite applications from all early career researchers, who are interested in these aforementioned questions, and who would like to join our interdisciplinary debates. Applications will be accepted by 31.10.2020.

The Fellowship Program outline

The Academy Program goes together with a Fellowship Program for career-tailored support for individual continued qualification. We financially support Fellows in four lines: 

Fellowship: integrates young scientists into the Academy Program and the Scientific Development Program of JQYA without personalized budget.

Academy Fellowship: supports manifestation of international collaborations and research of the Fellow. The Fellow is awarded with 10.000n,- €.

Sabbatical Fellowship: allows the Fellow to go on leave from the teaching duties for one semester. The Fellow is awarded with 25.000,- € that serves as pay-in into the department to cover costs for teaching replacement.

International Academy Program Fellowship: strengthens international networking and outreach activities dedicated to the Academy Theme. A two-year fellowship is announced for international researchers working in their field of studies on questions related to the Academy Theme.