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Bavarian Ministry of Science gives grants to two junior researchers of the faculty

Marco Blank (left) and Mathias Harrer (photo: RIESE photography/private)

For their PhD research, Marco Blank and Mathias Harrer are receiving grants from a Bavarian programme for PhD students.

The FAU students are two of eleven junior researchers focussing their PhD research on technological, economical or societal aspects of digitalization who have been selected to receive the grant. Per person, the grant covers a maximum of three years with 93,799  Euro per year, meaning 281,397 Euro in total.

Marco Blank is currently working at the Chair of Sociology (Technik – Arbeit – Gesellschaft) on the topic of Digitalization relating to skilled work in Germany. He focuses on how digitalization is making skilled work more attractive.

Mathias Harrer, at the chair for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, is concerned with digital phenotyping and predictive modeling, specifically in the context of online-based intervention systems for mental illness.

The grant

The PhD is supported by a ‘VERBUNDKOLLEG’ of a Bavarian HAW and a Bavarian state university.

With the combined funds, a PhD slot at the supervising university is covered. The grant usually is given for three years and also includes courses and events concerning topics in digitalization. In total, the Bavarian programme has 2.5 millions at its disposal.