The mentorship program enables young researchers at postdoctoral level at the University of Konstanz to network with prominent colleagues both in Germany and abroad, and to maintain these contacts in the medium term. The initiation of new collaborations is preferred. Through the program, junior researchers can invite renowned researchers in their field as mentors to Konstanz for a few days, and strengthen the cooperation by in turn visiting their mentor. The junior researcher has an opportunity to develop new projects or establish a research partnership with his or her mentor, the aim being to identify shared areas of key research and generate prospects for future grant proposals.

In line with the multidisciplinary character of the Zukunftskolleg, the program is open to young researchers (non-tenured) of the University of Konstanz.

The Zukunftskolleg offers up to 5 mentorships for postdoctoral researchers of the University of Konstanz of up to 5.000 Euro

The deadline for applications is 15 February 2020

Who may apply?

The programme is open to fellows of the Zukunftskolleg and researchers from all faculties at the University of Konstanz which hold a doctorate. Postdoctoral researchers at the beginning of their academic career are explicitly encouraged to apply.


Applications should include the following documents:

  • Motivation letter including a brief description of the project´s scientific objectives. The description should be written for an interdisciplinary decision-making committee.
  • Curriculum vitae and list of most relevant publications (mentee); maximum 3 pages
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz (mentee)
  • Project outline, indicating topical connections to the chosen mentor's field and including a brief explanation why this person is selected as a mentor; maximum 4 pages
  • Curriculum vitae and list of most relevant publications by the mentor; maximum 3 pages
  • A statement of interest from the mentor
  • A tentative schedule for the proposed mutual visits
  • Expenditure plan.

Winners of the Zukunftskolleg Mentorship hitherto


  • 1. Eva Lievens (Biology)
    Mentor: Kayla King (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
  • 2. Katharina Zahner (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Anne Cutler (MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia)
  • 3. Maria Zhukova (Literature)
    Mentor: Stephen Hutchings (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
  • 4. Katarina Zigova (Economics)
    Mentor: Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University of Melbourne, Australia)


  • 1. Giulia Fabrini (Mathematics)
    Mentor: Tommaso Lorenzi (Univ. of St. Andrews, UK)
  • 2. Stefan Fischer (Philosophy)
    Mentor: David Copp (Univ. of California, Davis USA)
  • 3. Robert Hussein (Physics)
    Mentor: Sigmund Kohler (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Spain)
  • 4. Natalia Korotkova (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Tyler Peterson (Arizona State Univ. USA)
  • 5. Sasha Kosanic (Biology)
    Mentor: Jen Dyer (Univ. of Leeds, UK)
  • 6. Ritwik Mondal (Physics)
    Mentor: Peter Oppeneer (Uppsala Univ., Sweden)
  • 7. Mialy Razanajatovo (Biology)
    Mentor: Eva Knop (Univ. of Bern, Switzerland) Title of the project: Do pollinators visit phylogenetically related plants?
  • 8. Michael Smith (Biology)
    Mentor: Tim Landgraf (FU Berlin)
  • 9. Maria Zhukova (Literature)
    Mentor: Stephen Hutchings (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
  • 10. Katarina Zigova (Economics)
    Mentor: Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University of Melbourne, Australia)


  • Tina Bögel (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Alice Turk, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Anselm Crombach (Psychology)
    Mentor: Patrick McGrath, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Giulia Fabrini (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Tommaso Lorenzo, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • Andrea Lailach-Hennrich (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Dominic Gregory, University of Cheffield, UK
  • Morgane Nouvian (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Alison R. Mercer, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Michael L. Smith (Biology)
    Mentor: Tim Landgraf, FU Berlin, Germany
  • Andreas Trotzke (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Anastasia Giannakidou, University of Chicago, USA


  • Kathrin Breuing (Economics)
    Mentor: Prof. Sabine Seufert, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jolle Wolter Jolles (Biology)
    Mentor: Shaun Steven Killen, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Gisela Hilary Kopp (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Luca Pozzi, University of Texas, San Antonio, USA
  • Michael Kovermann (Chemistry)
    Mentor: Prof. Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sandro Lininger (History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Prof. Yair Mintzker, Princeton University, USA
  • Carlotta Martelli (Biology)
    Mentor: Toshihide Hige, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Virginia, USA
  • Antje Rumberg (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Patrick Blackburn, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Inga Schalinski (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Martin Hersch Teicher, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA


  • Geoffroy Aubry (Physics)
    Mentor: Prof. Philippe Roux, Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble, France
  • Stefan Fischer (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. James Lenman, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Gisela Hilary Kopp (Biology)
    Mentor: Hélène Morlon, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, France
  • Marco Paoli (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Hiroshi Nichino, RIES Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
  • Morgane Nouvian (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Alison Mercer, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Ioanna Salvarina (Biology)
    Mentor: Ass. Prof. Leonard Sandin, Swedish University of Agricultural Studies, Uppsala, Sweden


  • Raul Acosta-Garcia (History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Dr. Trevor Stack, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Annette Hautli-Janisz (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK
  • Maria Infusino (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Tobias Kuna, University of Reading, UK
  • Tinette Schnatterer (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Vincent Tiberj, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Dmytro Sysoiev (Chemistry)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Valentin Chebanov, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
  • Eunike Wetzel (Psychology)
    Mentor: Dr. Brent W. Roberts, Illinois, USA


  • Madeleine Bieg (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Helen Watt, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  • Cindy Daase (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Christina Murray, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Charu Goel (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Bruce Reznick, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, US
  • Nora Hangel (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Jutta Schickore, Indiana University Bloomington, US
  • Maria Infusino (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Murray Marshall, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada †
  • Robert Kraus (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Guojie Zhang, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Michael Pokojovy (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Marcus Jobe, Miami University in Oxford Ohio, US
  • Maria Daniela Poli (Law)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Dian Schefold, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Marijn Stok (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Maarten Vaansteenkiste, Ghent University, Belgium

    funded within the MIN program (Mentoring International for Female Natural Scientists):

  • Hannah Burger-Kaminski (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Robert Raguso, Cornell University Ithaca, US
  • Elizabeth Yohannes (Biology)
    Mentor: Raymon W. Lee, Washington State University, US


  • Federica Basaglia (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Piero Giordanetti, University of Milan, Italy
  • Tobias Henschen (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Julian Reiss, Durham University, UK
  • Philip Leifeld (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Skyler J. Cranmer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
  • Michael Pokojovy (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. J. Marcus Jobe, Miami University, USA
  • Jennifer Sparr (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Daan van Knippenberg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands


  • Christina Niermann (History and Sociology with Sports Sciences)
    Mentor: Prof. Stef Kremers, Department of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health,
    Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Gudrun Rath (Literature)
    Mentor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karin Harrasser, University of Arts, Linz, Austria
  • Gudrun Sproesser (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Paul Rozin, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Lukas Thürmer (Psychology)
    Mentor: Dr. Sean McCrea, Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming, USA
  • Andreas Trotzke (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Jan-Woutern Zwart, Departement of Linguistics, University of Groningen,


  • Liliana Ruth Feierstein (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Nora Strejilevich, San Diego State University, USA
  • Lorna Gregory (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Françoise Delon, CNRS, France
  • Aswin Mangerich (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Peter C. Dedon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Muna Pohl (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. René Willibrord Joseph Kager, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Nils B. Weidmann (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor, Yale University, USA
  • Martin Welz (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa


  • Sonja Grimm (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof Richard Caplan, PhD, Official Fellow at Linacre College and Director of the
    Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford, UK
  • Kai Robin Grzyb (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Nachshon Meiran, Ben-Gurion University Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • Melanie Keller (History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Prof. Anita Woolfolk Hoy, The Ohio State University in Columbia, USA
  • Miriam Lay-Brander (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Ottmar Ette, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Alja Lüdke (Biology)
    Mentor: Scott Waddell Ph.D., Prof. of Neurobiology, Centre for
    Neural and Behaviour, University of Oxford, UK
  • Daniela Oelke (Computer and Information Science)
    Mentor: Prof. Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Cordian Riener (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Christine Bachoc, Universite Bordeaux, France


  • Federica Basaglia (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Bernd Ludwig, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany
  • Attila Tanyi (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Christoph Fehige, Saarland University at Saarbrücken, Germany


  • Ralf Schmälzle (Psychology)
    Mentor: Professor Uri Hasson, PhD, Psychology Department, Princeton University, USA
  • Jale Tosun (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Mary Stegmaier, University of Virginia, USA


  • Antje Lahne (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Marcel den Dikken, City University of New York, USA
  • Diana Schmidt-Pfister (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Melissa S. Anderson, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Anja Schwarz and Michael Neumann (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Michael Taussigs, Columbia University, USA
  • Brigitte Weiffen (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Jorge Heine, Centre for International Governance Innovation and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


  • Karsten Lambers (Computer and Information Science/History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Prof. Robert Sablatnig, Institut für Rechnergestützte Automation,
    Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Matteo Morganti (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Mauro Dorato, Department of Philosophy, University of Rome, Italy
  • Julia Rein (Biology)
  • Mentor: Prof. Brain Smith, School of Life Science, Arizona State University, USA


  • Tim Friehe (Economics)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Alfred Endres, Chair of Economic Theory, University of Hagen, Germany
  • Cornelia Niessen (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Beryl Hesketh, College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Margarita Stolarova (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Charles A. Nelson and Prof. Nadine Gaab, Developmental Medicine Center at
    Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA


  • Michael Bauer (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Gary Marks and Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina, USA
  • Natalia Borissova (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Catriona Kelly, Oxford University, UK
  • Rudolf Bratschitsch (Physics)
    Mentor: Prof. Anton Zeilinger, University of Wien, Austria
  • Peter Öhlschläger (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Ed Rybicki, University of Cape Town, South Africa


  • Suzanne Kadereit (Biology)
    Mentor: MD PhD Patrik Brundin, Department of Experimental Medical Science, Wallenberg Neuroscience Center Lund, Sweden
  • Isabella Paul (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Quentin Summerfield, Department of Psychology, University of York, UK