Funding your project

Finding the right funding source

Numerous organisations provide funding for research. We provide an overview of funding opportunities on our websites to help you navigate the funding landscape in Germany, Europe and around the world.

Our team is happy to help you find the right funding programme for you. Subscribe to our newsletter, the Forschungsnachrichten, for information on current calls.

Internal funding opportunities

There is a wide range of internal funding opportunities for postdoctoral and senior researchers at the University of Konstanz.

Committee on Research (AFF)

All research resources at the University of Konstanz are allocated on the basis of competitive review procedures through the Committee on Research (AFF). Project proposals for staff and consumables can be submitted for the yearly call, ending 15 October, and, for new university members, through the supplementary call, ending 15 June.

Supervisors of doctoral candidates can apply for completion grants for their students. These grants have a maximum duration of three months. You may submit a written application, including a detailed explanation and specific description of tasks electronically to the AFF at any time. Please check the availability of this funding measure on the AFF website before submitting a proposal.

Professors and excellent postdoctoral researchers of the University of Konstanz are eligible to apply. Our Prozessportal (process portal) gives an overview in German of the application process. To access it from outside the campus network, please use your university login.

Young Scholar Fund (YSF)

As a University of Excellence, the University of Konstanz is committed to improving the working conditions of its junior researchers. For this, the Young Scholar Fund provides financial means to junior professors and excellent postdocs.

In order to be eligible, researchers must be in possession of a doctorate, demonstrate an independent research activity and aim for a career in academia. Researchers are usually considered independent if they have solicited third-party funds for staff or have independently (i.e. not jointly with a professor) published their research and have at least two years of experience as a postdoctoral researcher.

The Committee on Research decides whether applicants are eligible. Should potential candidates have doubts concerning their eligibility, they may submit an academic CV and list of publications for a preliminary check.

You can apply for staff costs (doctoral students and student assistants), instrumentation, consumables, travel expenses and costs for participating in conferences or workshops. 

The funds serve as start-up or co-funding of individual projects. They should not substitute external research funding, but contribute to a successful third-party grant. Funding of an entire doctoral project (usually three years) is excluded.

Proposals are reviewed by the Committee on Research (AFF). Open calls for proposals will be published in our newsletter and on our website.

Award of the Dr. K.H. Eberle Foundation at the University of Konstanz

The Dr. K.H. Eberle Foundation awards an annual prize to support research at the University of Konstanz. In keeping with the donor's wishes, the prize money is awarded in a highly performance-based competition. The award aims to initiate cutting-edge, innovative, and bold research projects. It thus also helps to shape the university's research profile and enhances the further development of the University of Konstanz.

You will find open calls advertised in the News section and on the website of the  Committee on Research (AFF).

Office for Equal Opportunity, Family Affairs and Diversity

The university's Equal Opportunity Council offers financial support in the form of scholarships and funding supplements and thus supports the qualification and career development of female researchers and researchers with children.

Funding is available for bridging grants, flexible working conditions, lab support and travel expenses for children, partners or babysitters.

More information can be found on the website of the Office for Equal Opportunity, Family Affairs and Diversity. If you have any questions, please contact Tanja Edelhäußer.


International Office

The International Office provides funding for international projects in research and teaching. These funds are intended for the following measures (funding lines):

  • supplements for international stays by doctoral students from Konstanz or abroad
  • international guest lecturers
  • summer schools
  • international conferences and workshops
  • start-up funding

Please visit the International Office's website for guidelines and further information.

University foundations and donors

Different foundations and donors support the University of Konstanz by funding awards and scholarships.

Library: open access publishing funds

Due to a generous DFG grant, the library is able to support open-access publications. Eligible articles must be published in open access journals after 1 January 2011 and the processing fees must not exceed € 2,000 per article. For further information please visit the website of the University Library (KIM).

External funding opportunities

These are the most important funding agencies.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds research projects from all disciplines. To this end, it offers a wide range of different programmes:

Proposals can be submitted any time. If you plan to apply for a coordinated programme, please contact Research Support early in the process.

Federal government

Federal ministries, most importantly the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, (BMBF) supports innovative projects and research ideas through targeted funding programmes. Its main objective is to finance the development of new ideas and technologies. Open calls for proposals can be found on the website of the Federal Funding Advisory Service (German only). Please contact us if you need any help with translation.

On this page, we have compiled some guidelines for submitting proposals to the BMBF.


European Commission

The European Commission provides funding for different European policy areas, such as research, education, social issues, culture or structural development. We provide an overview of EU funding here.

Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation offers numerous opportunities for funding research projects. The focus is on large collaborative projects on predefined topics as well as excellent individual projects. Calls are published in the Participant Portal.  We will be happy to help you navigate the portal. Please also visit our information page to applying for EU funds.

Erasmus+, "The EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe" supports coooperation projects. Please visit our information page for Erasmus+.

Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg (MWK)

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) supports research and teaching at universities in Baden-Württemberg. Of particular interest to junior researchers are the Margarethe von Wrangell Habilitation Programme for Women and the Schlieben-Lange Programme for female researchers with children. The Ministry also provides start-up funding for EU projects. Usually, the university is the applicant for these programmes, so make sure to contact us early if you are interested in applying.

The MWK has closed its Junior Professor Programme with the 2016 call. 

German Academic Exchance Service (DAAD)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the international exchange of students and scholars. Its funding programmes range from congress participation to research stays abroad and guest professorships. The DAAD supports both German nationals planning to go abroad and foreign nationals planning to come to Germany.



A number of foundations support research projects and junior researchers. An overview can be found in the database of the "Stifterverband". The major foundations in Germany are:

  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which funds research stays for international researchers in Germany and for Germans abroad
  • Baden-Württemberg-Foundation which provides funding for junior researchers of all disciplines, as well as call-specific research and teaching projects
  • Carl-Zeiss-Foundation funds top-down collaborative research projects and research infrastructure mainly in the natural and life sciences (the funding line for early stage researchers was discontinued with the 2017 call)
  • Fazit Foundation which provides stipends for earning habilitations (a post-doctoral qualification), travel grants and publication subsidies for young researchers of all disciplines
  • Fritz-Thyssen-Foundation funds research projects, conferences, stipends, travel grants, publication and library subsidies mainly for the humanities and social sciences
  • Gerda-Henkel-Foundation supports historical humanities research through funding of research projects, travel grants, stipends, conferences and publication subsidies
  • VolkswagenFoundation provides support in the humanities and social sciences by funding research projects, symposia and fellowships.

Please see also our general suggestions for applying to foundations.

US and international funding agencies

If you are planning to apply with a US organisation, please contact us as early as possible. The University of Konstanz is registered on different platforms usually used to submit applications, such as, SAM, eRA Commons.

Databases for finding funding opportunities

The following databases can help you search for funding sources. Please note that some of them are available in German only. Let us know if you need help researching funding opportunities.