President’s Welcome Award

Supporting international high potentials in the research area of AI in medicine

Schlossgarten in Erlangen

Erlanger Schlossgarten mit Blick auf die Orangerie (Bild: Walter Weiss)

What is the President’s Welcome Award?

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, Präsident der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger, President of FAU (Image: FAU/Thomas Einberger)

Artificial intelligence is the technology of the future – and great talent in this area is truly sought after. This is why the president of FAU is awarding an “FAU President’s Welcome Award“ to six selected international applicants, who would like to start their doctoral career in the field of “AI and Medicine“ at FAU.

The award includes one year of “carefree life” in the new apartment complex “The Brucklyn“ in Erlangen. Thanks to a close cooperation with The Brucklyn, FAU will be able to provide free housing for the first year of the candidates’ stay.

Moreover, FAU will take care of enrolment fees for two semesters, participation in the buddy program, German language courses and general support. It is also possible for international professors with a proven track record in the field of AI and/or medicine to propose a talented student for the award.

The awardees from abroad will be welcomed with a president’s reception. Further, guests from research and industry will provide a starting point for future networks and research contacts. During the course of their first year, the doctoral candidates will be invited to joint activities such as excursions to scientific or industry partners as well as cultural events. They will meet up with the president in a quarterly jour-fixe.


Apartment (Image: The Brucklyn)

To make their experiences visible to other young researchers around the world, the six awardees will be asked to report about their work and their first steps of living and starting a PhD project in Germany through a vlog (Video-Blog) on Instagram. Of course, you will not have to deal with that job alone! You will be supported with a science communications training as well as continuous coaching and support in social media communication and video production through experienced science communicators.

The science communications training is not only for free – it is a plus for your further career as dissemination has grown in importance immensely in the eyes of funding institutions such as DFG or ERC.

After six to eight months, a documentary video “Living and doing research in Germany” will be compiled using material from the vlogs, interviews with the awardees, their academic mentors and the president of FAU.

Why apply for the President’s Welcome Award

  • Level-up your doctoral career in AI/medicine
  • Be mentored by the university’s president himself
  • Develop valuable networks with scientific and industry partners
  • Enjoy one carefree year of living in Bavaria (free housing, no enrolment fees)
  • Visit German language courses for free
  • Dive into science communications in a free training

AI competence at FAU


Image: FAU/Michael Zimmerhackel

You are considering to apply for the President’s Welcome Award and would like to know more about the people working in AI research at FAU? Check out our AI map.

How to apply?

You are from abroad and about to apply for one of the PhD positions from the field of AI in medicine currently available at FAU (check out – and would like to go for the President’s Welcome Award as well?

Then write a short motivation letter (approx. one page) why YOU are the candidate that will best contribute to FAU’s strength in innovation! Send it to

FAU president Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger will choose his six winners from the candidates selected for the 23 open positions.

We’re looking forward to your application! Deadline is 18 June, 2021.

Why pursue your scientific career at FAU?

Scientists in a laboratory

Image: Uwe Niklas

FAU is the place to be for talents who would like to start their scientific and academic careers at an outstanding university rich in tradition and strong in research. We help talents from all over the world to fulfil their potential and become part of a growing, global community of innovative researchers and entrepreneurs.

FAU strives to promote open-minded, independent individuals whose research helps to shape tomorrow’s world, whether contributing to AI, medical progress, science or to the humanities. As a full-spectrum university we are at the forefront of driving innovation and setting knowledge in motion. The Office of Research Career Development and the Graduate Centre provide information on doctoral degrees, postdoctoral research, habilitations and junior professorships for all faculties and offers advice and support to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers and habilitation candidates.

About Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Bild: FAU/Kurt Fuchs

Founded in 1743, FAU is proud of its history and to be the intellectual home of many talented minds. It is a strong research university with an international perspective and one of the largest universities in Germany, with around 38,000 students, about 260 degree programmes, 4,000 academic staff (including more than 660 professors), 210 million euros (2019) third-party funding, and 500 partnerships with universities all over the world. Teaching at the University is closely linked to research and focuses on training students in both theory and practice to enable them to think critically and work independently. The research itself also strikes the perfect balance between a theoretical approach and practical application.

With its Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology, the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, FAU offers many opportunities for interdisciplinary research. FAU’s values of innovation, diversity and passion are the key to its consistent success in national and international rankings. FAU is ranked #1 in Germany among the world’s most innovative universities and #14 worldwide.

Living in Bavaria – The place to be for bright minds

Stufrntin mit Getränk in der Hand

Image: FAU/David Hartfiel

Pursue your career in the heart of Europe! As a part of Bavaria, Franconia is an intriguing mix of cities with a long history, beautiful nature and a vibrant innovation ecosystem. FAU’s two main sites, the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg, are located at the heart of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region.

Both Erlangen, a bicycle-friendly city with 100,000 inhabitants, former home of the Huguenots as well as a key location for Siemens, and Nuremberg, a city with a population of half a million and a metropolitan flair, have their own unique charms.

The opera, theatre, cabaret and museums, various sporting and leisure activities along with a lively pub scene and night life, offer plenty of opportunities to relax after a day in the lecture theatre, lab or library. The mixture of academia, innovative companies, art and culture makes the region the perfect place for creative minds, keen athletes and nature lovers.

In fact, it’s the place to be for bright minds who want to combine a career and a life!