University of Konstanz ZUKOnnect Fellowships for Early-career Researchers from Developing Countries (Fully-funded)

ZUKOnnect Fellowships for Scholars from Africa, Asia and Latin America

Course(s) Offered: Science, humanities, law, politics, economics, etc
Course Level: Research, Fellowship
Provider: Universit├Ąt Konstanz (University of Konstanz)
Country to Study in: Germany

Scholarship Description
The Zukunftskolleg has launched a new call for the “ZUKOnnect Fellowships for Scholars from Africa, Asia and Latin America”.

Up to 4 (post-)doctoral stipends for an on-campus research stay at the Zukunftskolleg are available for up to 3 months (with justification for up to 4 months). The start date is between 1 September 2021 and 1 October 2021. The on-site stipends are complemented by a digital fellowship extending it to a 12-month ZUKOnnect Fellowship.

The Zukunftskolleg Konnect Fellowships support early career researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America related to one of the thirteen departments of the University of Konstanz. As a ZUKOnnect Fellow, you can use this time to extend your research networks and to get to know the research environment at the University of Konstanz, without losing your ties to your home university. As these fellowships can build a first bridge to the German and European academic system, we also encourage doctoral students in their last year to apply. The Zukunftskolleg will not offer employment contracts for ZUKOnnect Fellows.

University of Konstanz ZUKOnnect Fellowships

The requirements:
  • You originate and work in a country of Latin America, Asia or Africa. 
  • You hold a doctorate (max. 2 year of postdoctoral experience) OR are a doctoral student in your last year. 
  • You do not hold a permanent professorship, nor do you have a Habilitation or equivalent (Venia legendi). 
  • Your research project should tie in with one of the disciplines represented at the University of Konstanz. 
  • You should name a researcher at the University of Konstanz with whom you intend to collaborate (no need to contact person(s) in advance), 
  • Preference will be given to applicants who plan to team up with one of our current Zukunftskolleg Fellows.
Obligations for visiting researchers
  • Y will live in Konstanz or nearby throughout the ZUKOnnect Fellowship (the Welcome Centre of the University of Konstanz will offer support with all organizational aspects of relocating to Konstanz); 
  • You will actively contribute to the interdisciplinary dialogue at the Zukunftskolleg during the weekly Jour Fixe meetings (during semester); 
  • You will interact with fellows and researchers in relevant departments at the University of Konstanz; 
  • You will give a presentation in a seminar or a public lecture; 
  • You will acknowledge Zukunftskolleg support in any publications resulting from the stay; 
  • You will write a short report on your activities and achievements (within 6 months of completing your ZUKOnnect Fellowship).
Eligible groups
Citizens of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Participating Institutions
Universit├Ąt Konstanz, Germany

Fields of study
Courses in any of the the thirteen departments of the Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, and Faculty of Politics, Law and Economics, at the University of Konstanz

Number of awards
Up to 4 (post-)doctoral stipends

Sponsorship duration
The start date is between 1 September 2021 and 1 October 2021. The on-site stipends are complemented by a digital fellowship extending it to a 12-month ZUKOnnect Fellowship.

Scholarship benefits
The fellowship consist:
  • A stipend of 1.200€/ month for doctoral students and 2.000€/month for postdoctoral researchers (following DAAD guidelines) 
  • Standard expenses for economy-class travel to Konstanz and back. 
  • Access to events organized by the Zukunftskolleg; 
  • Access to library resources; 
  • Access to IT services; 
  • Access to research support services (via Research Support); 
  • After the research stay at the Zukunftskolleg, ZUKOnnect Fellows can extend their affiliation with a digital fellowship for additional 6 months.
Method of Application
Please submit your application documents in English as PDF files via our online application portal. The reference number is 2020/232. Applications should include:
  • A letter of motivation (including your objectives for the research stay at the Zukunftskolleg and an explanation of how your research ties in with the research landscape at the university) (maximum 2 pages) 
  • Short description or summary of your current research project (maximum 3 pages incl. bibliography) 
  • A detailed work and time plan for your on-campus research stay 
  • Your curriculum vitae 
  • Relevant certificates (doctoral certificate OR a letter from your doctoral supervisor confirming the status of your doctoral thesis) 
  • One academic letter of reference, on official letterhead paper and signed by the respective reviewer
More information is available online, where you will also find an extensive FAQ document. Further questions can be directed to Daniela Kromrey via e-mail: or by phone: (+ 49 (0)7531 88–5686). If the budget situation permits, the Zukunftskolleg can grant financial support for family members who accompany the ZUKOnnect Fellows during the scholarship.

We look forward to receiving your application, including all required documents, until 24 February 2021 (15:00 CET)

The Zukunftskolleg is an Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). It offers fellowships as well as a diverse support network to promote the independence of early career researchers. Researchers at the postdoctoral level can work with minimal administrative constraints and enjoy the freedom to engage in meaningful exchange with other up-and-coming colleagues as well as with distinguished senior researchers. Researchers in the humanities, social and natural sciences come to Konstanz from around the world to perform first-class research. The Zukunftskolleg is a keystone in the University of Konstanz's institutional strategy to promote top-level research. The University of Konstanz is one of Germany’s eleven Universities of Excellence.

Application Deadline: 24 February 2021
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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