The Global Young Faculty is an initiative of Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with the University Alliance Ruhr and is coordinated by the Mercator Research Centre Ruhr in Essen. The program brings together outstanding and dedicated young researchers from universities and non-university research institutions based in the Ruhr area. It supports them in their efforts to forge new professional contacts and share ideas beyond institutional and disciplinary borders.
The Ruhr metropolitan area is characterized by a great variety and multitude of research institutions. The Global Young Faculty provides a platform for outstanding and dedicated young scholars from the region to meet and get to know one another, to work on interdisciplinary projects and to receive new stimuli for their own academic research. The goal of this network is to support promising young researchers in their future careers and to offer them an opportunity to work with leading experts from Germany and abroad.
The Global Young Faculty brings together approximately 50 young academics selected from universities and non-university research institutions based in the Ruhr area. The program enables them to work autonomously in interdisciplinary groups and allows them to choose the subject and format of their work. It supports scholars in their efforts to forge new professional contacts and share ideas beyond institutional and disciplinary borders. This exchange of ideas offers new scope for the development of innovative approaches to research and for discussion of the societal implications of scientific activities.
The Global Young Faculty was initiated in 2009. Since then, six cohorts have successfully worked together. From 2009 to 2011 (GYF I), 2011 to 2013 (GYF II), 2013 to 2015 (GYF III), 2015 to 2017 (GYF IV), 2017 to 2019 (GYF V) and 2019 to 2021 (GYF VI) the members worked in approximately four to five interdisciplinary groups, regarding themselves with various topics. The members of the sixth cohort worked in four separate interdisciplinary groups, until they finished their projects in the spring of 2021.
The seventh cohort will have its official start on the 1st of October 2021 when the new members come together to get to know one another, as well as each other’s fields of work. During the course of this event they will furthermore form their interdisciplinary groups, which will then develop their topics and projects during the first three months. The work of the seventh cohort will come to an end on the 17th of March 2021.
The Global Young Faculty network is an initiative of Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with the University Alliance Ruhr (UA RUHR), which comprises the universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen. The Global Young Faculty is coordinated by the Mercator Research Centre Ruhr (MERCUR) in Essen.