Independent Research Grant

This funding programme aims at promoting independent research by researchers at the University of Konstanz who are in the early stages of their postdoctoral work. The Zukunftskolleg invites applications for financial support of up to EUR 5,000 for projects that help the individual applicant attain scientific independence.

In particular, we encourage applications for support in establishing promising contacts to researchers from other universities and in carrying out preliminary projects intended to lead to an independent application for third-party funding. The grant may cover consumables, equipment, travel costs and student research assistants. Funding of doctoral or postdoctoral positions is excluded.

Who may apply?

The program is open to researchers at the University of Konstanz who are in the early stages of their postdoctoral work and Fellows of the Zukunftskolleg. Researchers eligible to apply to the Young Scholar Fund are not eligible to apply for this program.


Applications should include the following documents:

  • A brief description of the project’s scientific objectives (max. 3 pages)
  • An explanation of how the project fosters the scientific independence of the applicant
  • Estimated costs
  • A brief CV
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz

Results of previous calls


The following researchers and initiatives were funded in 2015:

  1. Georgiana Caltais (Computer and Information Science)
    Research project: A process algebraic approach to causality checking (PAACC)
    Funding: 3.000 euros
  2. Louis-Solal Giboin (Sports Science)
    Research project: Understanding the neural control of balance
    Funding: 1.740 euros
  3. Annette Hautli-Janisz (Linguistics)
    Research project: Debating in The Economist – An automatic discourse analysis
    Funding: 3.000 euros
  4. James Odendal (Chemistry and Physics)
    Research project: Dynamic non-equilibrium self-assembly vs static self-assembly
    Funding: 3.000 euros
  5. Astrid Rohwedder (Biology)
    Research project: The role of RNA in memory and learning
    Funding: 2.600 euros
  6. Ioana Salvarina (Biology)
    Research project: Past diet of African small mammals revealed with stable isotopes on museum collections
    Funding: 3.000 euros
  7. Gudrun Winter (Biology)
    Research project: Biochemical and physiological characterization of arginine degrading enzymes in arabidopsis
    Funding: 3.000 euros
  8. Thomas Woehler (Sociology)
    Research project: Development of a software tool which facilitates geocoding with OSM data
    Funding: 2.320 euros
  9. Maria Zhukova (Literature)
    Research project: TV-discourse in film and literature in 1960-90th in Russia
    Funding: 1.890 euros