Results 2019 AFR Call

The FNR is pleased to communicate that 25 of 119 eligible PhD projects have been selected for funding in the 2019 AFR Call. This represents an FNR commitment of 4.39 MEUR. An additional seven projects are on the reserve list.

AFR is one of the FNR’s longest-running funding schemes and now serves the specific purpose of providing funding for the training of doctoral candidates. Grants are awarded in the form of an employment contract with the host institution, rather than in the form of a scholarship.

About the reserve list

Proposals marked as “Reserve List” have been recommended for funding but have no available funding budget. They will be maintained until 30 September 2019. In case other candidates withdraw, those projects may be considered for funding. The FNR will keep applicants informed about the outcome and this page will be updated accordingly.

Find out more about AFR PhD

Funded projects

Domain Humanities & Social Sciences – 7 projects (+1 on reserve list)

Applicant

Lynn Erpelding

Project title

Body image distortion and cardio-visual integration in anorexia nervosa

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Claus Vögele

Applicant

Gabriel Rivera Cosme

Project title

Language Policy and Planning in Luxembourg and Eastern Belgium: Ideologies of Standardization

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Mélanie Wagner

Applicant

Bastien Dubuisson

Project title

Books, Saints, and Men: for a Revaluation of Latin Hagiographic Culture in the Diocese of Trier (13th-16th centuries)

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Michel Margue

Applicant

Thierry Groff

Project title

Die Legio XXII Primigenia Pia Fidelis: Eine epigraphische Studie zu Migration und Mobilität römischer Soldaten am Rande des Imperium Romanum

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Andrea Binsfeld

Applicant

Christopher Geisser

Project title

The moderating role of intergroup contact on discriminatory news

Host institution

University of Geneva

Supervisor

Juan Manuel Falomir Pichastor

Applicant

Jill Kries

Project title

Developing a neurodiagnostic test for aphasia: EEG as a measure of speech processing

Host institution

KU Leuven

Supervisor

Maaike Vandermosten

Applicant

Julien Rippinger

Project title

Descriptive Geometry and Infographics: Towards the Formulation of a Theory of Projective Representation for Computer-aided Architectural Drawing Tools

Host institution

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Supervisor

Denis Derycke

Domain Materials, Physics & Engineering – 7 projects (+3 on reserve list)

Applicant

Eric Schanet

Project title

Search for electroweak supersymmetric particles with the ATLAS detector at the LHC

Host institution

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich

Supervisor

Dorothee Schaile

Applicant

Kim Greis

Project title

Studying Glycosyl Cations using Gas-Phase Infrared Spectroscopy

Host institution

Freie Universität Berlin

Supervisor

Kevin Pagel

Applicant

Benson Mbani

Project title

Integration of Building Information Models with Geographical Information Systems for Smart City Modelling

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Felix Norman Teferle

Applicant

Gilles Stebens

Project title

C-H-Bond Activation as a Model Process for the Transfer of Gas-Phase Ion-Chemistry into the Condensed Phase

Host institution

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Supervisor

Ingo Krossing

Applicant

Christophe Pixius

Project title

Cosmic Structure Formation with Kinetic Field Theory

Host institution

Universität Heidelberg

Supervisor

Matthias Bartelmann

Applicant

Jonathan Rommelfangen

Project title

Functionalization of MoS2 via ion beams and alkali metals

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Applicant

Navid Aminnia

Project title

Investigation into the evolution of grain structure for metal additive manufacturing

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Bernhard Peters

Domain Life Sciences, Biology & Medicine – 5 projects (+1 on reserve list)

Applicant

Pelin Kaya

Project title

Evaluation of the biological activity of novel PDE6D inhibitors

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Daniel Abankwa

Applicant

Yannick Weyer

Project title

Functional characterization of a novel endosome and Golgi associated degradation (EGAD) system

Host institution

Medical University of Innsbruck

Supervisor

David Teis

Applicant

Lucas Schaus

Project title

Machine Learning as a Tool in Cytochrome P450 Enzyme Discovery

Host institution

California Institute of Technology

Supervisor

Applicant

Zoé Bürger

Project title

Hormonal contraception and stress reactivity in women

Host institution

University of Tübingen

Supervisor

Birgit Derntl

Applicant

Noémie Catherine Engel

Project title

Sex role evolution in the wild: sexual selection and parental cooperation in a social network

Host institution

University of Bath

Supervisor

Tamas Székely

Domain Sustainable Resources – 2 projects (+1 on reserve list)

Applicant

Samuele Ceolin

Project title

Root dynamics under varying water and nutrient supply

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Supervisor

Applicant

Milan Milenovic

Project title

Effect of Climate Change on the interaction between whiteflies, parasitoids, endosymbionts, and the host plant in European and Mediterranean regions

Host institution

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Supervisor

Lucien Hoffmann

Domain Mathematics: 2 projects

Applicant

Luca Courte

Project title

Scaling Laws and Emergent Effects for Plasticity in Heterogeneous Materials

Host institution

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Supervisor

Patrick Dondl

Applicant

Lancelot Da Costa

Project title

Active Optimisation

Host institution

Imperial College London

Supervisor

Grigorios A. Pavliotis

Domain Innovation in Services – 1 project

Applicant

Hailong Hu

Project title

Privacy Attacks and Protection in Machine Learning as a Service

Host institution

University of Luxembourg

Supervisor

Jun Pang

Domain Law & Economics – 1 project 

Applicant

Goya Razavi

Project title

The Sources of Intergenerational Mobility in Luxembourg and the US

Host institution

University of Chicago

Supervisor

Steven Durlauf

The FNR is aware that the 2019 AFR Call had a low amount of proposals from female applicants selected for funding. The FNR monitors the gender balance on its funding programmes and can confirm that it is rare that the female ratio of AFR accepted projects is this low. In the 2018 AFR Call, for example, the number of successful applications from female applicants (17) outnumbered that of male applicants (14).
From 2008 – 2018, 362 out of 860 eligible AFR proposals by female applicants were accepted (42% success rate), and 465 out of 1037 eligible AFR proposals by male applicants were accepted (45% success rate), showing that overall, the AFR scheme has good gender balance. The FNR is also actively working on increasing the number of female scientists in the selection and evaluation committees.

Below is the breakdown of success rate by gender for the AFR Calls 2008-19, showing both eligible and funded projects.

Success rate by gender for AFR Calls 2008-2019

Year Female accepted/eligible Female success rate Male accepted/eligible Male success rate
2008 27/42 64% 31/56 55%
2009 58/110 53% 89/138 64%
2010 49/87 56% 54/97 56%
2011 45/91 49% 61/112 54%
2012 55/122 45% 41/128 31%
2013 42/130 31% 58/134 43%
2014 27/111 24% 45/155 29%
2015 19/51 37% 34/66 52%
2016 12/36 33% 18/43 42%
2017 11/30 37% 21/58 36%
2018 17/50 34% 14/50 28%
2019 5/51 10% 20/61 33%
Grand Total 367/911 40% 486/1099 44%

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