Research Visit

This programme seeks to enhance international research cooperation and to support international mobility. It funds temporary research stays both at the Zukunftskolleg and abroad for international exchange among peers:

  • The Research Visit programme for our fellows encourages temporary assignments to a partner Institute for Advanced Study or any international research university  (Outgoing Research Visit).
  • Our fellows can nominate international early career researchers for a Research Visit at the Zukunftskolleg  (Incoming Research Visit).

The duration of a Research Visit in either direction should range from one to three months. The grant will cover travel and accommodation costs.

    Outgoing Research Visit

    About

    The grant covers travel and accomodation costs. The Zukunftskolleg will continue to pay the fellow's salary during the temporary assignment.

    Who may apply?

    Postdoctoral, Research and Hector Pioneer Fellows of the Zukunftskolleg are invited to apply if their fellowships end after their return from abroad (ideally 3 months should be left before the end of fellowship  upon return).

    Host institutions

    The host institution provides working infrastructure (such as an office or library and lab access) and administrative support for fellows during their stay. The fellow can select one of our partner institutions or identify and contact host institutions independently. Please find more detailed information regarding the Research Visit at a specific partner institution in the document on the right side bar (for fellows only, after log-in to the intranet of the university).

    Application

    Please find all information in our call for applications.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and should include the following documents:

    • a letter of motivation explaining the planned objectives for your stay abroad as well as your choice of partner institute or external host of your own choice; maximum 2 pages
    • in case of research institution of own choice: documentation of interest in the cooperation  (i.e. formal letter of intent) and brief profiles of the external partner institution/university
    • timeline for the proposed activities
    • detailed expenditure plan (funds must be spent by December 2018)

    Please submit your application documents in English as a single PDF file to zukunftskolleg@uni-konstanz.de.

    Incoming Research Visit

    About

    Visiting researchers receive a working space at the Zukunftskolleg with all the usual research facilities and are expected to participate in all Zukunftskolleg activities. Experimental projects in the natural sciences can only be supported if arrangements for lab space are made with the respective department, since the Zukunftskolleg does not have any laboratory space of its own.

    Funding will include round trip travel to Konstanz and up to EUR 800 per month toward accommodation in Konstanz. The Zukunftskolleg will not offer employment contracts for Research Visits.

    Who is eligible for nomination?

    Postdoctoral, Research and Hector Pioneer Fellows of the Zukunftskolleg are invited to nominate international early career researchers for Research Visits. A planned collaboration between fellow and nominee is mandatory for nomination.

    Nominees are expected to hold a doctorate or equivalent professional qualification. They must not hold an academic permanent position, a professorship, or have a habilitation or equivalent (venia legendi). Research visits can not be granted to researchers based at a German research institution or university.

    Benefits for the visiting researcher

    • access to events organised by the Zukunftskolleg
    • opportunity to present own research to an interdisciplinary community within the weekly Jour fixe
    • Interaction with a lively international community of peers and facilitation of contact to researchers in the area of research of the applicant
    • access to library resources
    • access to IT services (institute e-mail address, IT account, WiFi network)
    • access to research support services

    Obligations of the visiting researcher

    • contribute actively to interdisciplinary dialogue at the Zukunftskolleg during the weekly Jour fixe meetings
    • present a seminar or a public lecture
    • acknowledge Zukunftskolleg support in any publications resulting from the period of stay in Konstanz
    • write a short report on activities and achievements (within 6 months of the end of the research visit).

    Nomination

    Please find all information in our call for nominations.

    Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis and should include the following documents:

    • joint research project description from Zukunftskolleg Fellow and nominated visiting researcher; maximum 5 pages
    • CV and copy of PhD certificate of the nominee
    • reference letter commenting on the qualifications of the nominated researcher. The reference letter can be sent separately directly to zukunftskolleg@uni-konstanz.de
    • timeline for the proposed activities
    • detailed expenditure plan (funds must be spent by December 2018)

    Please submit your application documents in English as a single PDF file to zukunftskolleg@uni-konstanz.de.

    We also offer the opportunity for early career researchers from our partner institutes to apply for a Research Visit at the Zukunftkolleg. For more information, please check our international cooperations.