Zukunftskolleg Post–doctoral Fellowship

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The Zukunftskolleg is an Institute of Advanced Study (IAS). We offer fellowships and a broad support network to promote the independence of early career researchers. Researchers at the postdoctoral level work with little administrative constraints and they also enjoy the freedom to engage in meaningful exchanges with other colleagues and distinguished senior researchers.
Researchers around the world in the fields of humanities, social and natural sciences come to Konstanz to perform first-class research. The Zukunftskolleg fellowship is a keystone strategy in the University of Konstanz’s to promote top-level research. The University of Konstanz is among Germany’s Universities of Excellence.

“Manfred Ulmer-Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft”; a foundation at the University of Konstanz has been funding early career researchers since 1979. From 2021, the foundation will begin to support the “ZUKOnnect Fellowship” and the Manfred-Ulmer scholarship – a scholarship programme that has been running for several decades – with an amount of 6,000 euros thereby funding one of the four scholarships. The Manfred Ulmer foundation is happy because by doing this, they can play a more active role in attracting international early career researchers in the future and they can also support this innovative idea of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz.
The Zukunftskolleg Fellowships wants to support early career researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America, people who are associated with one of the thirteen departments at the University of Konstanz. As a ZUKOnnect fellow, this time can be used to extend your research networks and to also know the research environment at the University of Konstanz while maintaining your roots and position at home. These fellowships is a bridge to the German and European academic system, doctoral students in their last year are encouraged to apply.
There are up to four postdoctoral stipends for an on campus research stay available at the Zukunftskolleg for 3 months (Justification can be made for up to 4 months). The starting date is between 1 September 2021 and 1 October 2021. The onsite stipends are followed by a digital fellowship thereby extending it to a 12-month ZUKOnnect Fellowship.

Note that Zukunftskolleg does not offer employment contracts for ZUKOnnect Fellows.

—Applicants must be born AND work in a country in Latin America, Asia or Africa.
—Applicants hold a doctorate (maximum of 2 years of postdoctoral experience) OR are doctoral students in their last year.
—Applicants must have completed an academic education at a university in Latin America, Asia or Africa (see FAQs for details).
—Applicants do not hold a permanent professorship, nor do they have habilitation or equivalent qualification (Venia legendi).
—Applicants research project must fit in with one of the disciplines at the University of Konstanz.
—Applicants should name a researcher from the University of Konstanz with whom they intend to collaborate (no need to contact the person in advance). Note that preference will be given to applicants who have it in mind to team up with any of our current Zukunftskolleg Fellows.

If selected, you will be required to:
—Live in Konstanz or nearby all through the on-site ZUKOnnect Fellowship (You will be supported with all organizational aspects of relocating to Konstanz by the Welcome Centre at the University of Konstanz).
—Contribute actively to the interdisciplinary dialogue at the Zukunftskolleg during weekly fixed meetings (in the semester).
—Interact with researchers and fellows in relevant departments at the University of Konstanz.
—Give a presentation at a public lecture or a seminar.
—Acknowledge Zukunftskolleg’s support in publications that results from the stay.
—Write a short report on your activities and achievements (within 6 months of having completed your
ZUKOnnect Fellowship).

Your application documents should be submitted in English as PDF files via our online application portal. Reference number is 2020/232. Applications should include:
—A letter of motivation that includes your objectives for the research stay at the Zukunftskolleg and an explanation of how your research fits in with the research landscape at the university (A maximum of 2 pages).
—A short summary or description of your current research project (A maximum of 3 pages that includes bibliography)
—A detailed time and work plan of your on campus research stay.
—Your curriculum vitae
—Relevant certificates (doctoral certificate or a letter that is from your doctoral supervisor confirming the status of your doctoral thesis)
—One academic letter of reference written on an official letterhead paper and signed by the respective reviewer.

We are awaiting your application and all the required documents, until the deadline which is 24th of February 2021 (15:00 CET).

More information and an extensive FAQ document can be found online. Any more questions can be directed to Daniela Kromrey via e-mail: zukonnect@uni-konstanz.de or by telephone: (+49 (0)7531 88–5686). If the budget situation allows, financial support can be granted to family members who accompany the ZUKOnnect Fellows during the scholarship by Zukunftskolleg.

—During your research stay here at the campus, there will be a stipend of €1,200 per month for doctoral students and €2,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers (in accordance with DAAD guidelines).
—Standard expenses for an economy class trip to Konstanz and back will be covered.
—A chance to participate in events organized by the Zukunftskolleg foundation.
—Access to our library resources
—Access to our IT services
—Access to our research support services (via Research Support).
—At the end of the on-campus research stay at the Zukunftskolleg, ZUKOnnect Fellows will benefit from a digital fellowship which extends the total funding period to 12 months. The digital fellowship will be remunerated with €100 per month.

We offer online information sessions for the ZUKOnnect 2020 application call. The information sessions are scheduled for:
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 at 14:00 and Thursday, 11 February 2021 at 13:00.
In this online information session, a short introduction into the programme (For 10 to 15 minutes) will be given and we will answer your questions with the remaining time.

We look forward to meeting you online.

More details and application can be found here.

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