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Marie Curie Zukunftskolleg 2016 Incoming Research Fellowships (ZIF-MC) in Germany for EU and Non-EU Students

About the Sponsor:

Independent, interdisciplinary and free from administrative constraints – these are the research conditions that the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz provides for young talents. This unique institution offers up-and-coming scientists and scholars a creative space to pursue outstanding research and to form their own research group.

The inspiring community of young scientists generates far-reaching ideas and continuously developing research approaches: inventive, exciting and pointing the way to the future.

The Zukunftskolleg is the distinct badge of the University of Excellence.The Zukunftskolleg aims for the promotion of young postdoctoral scientists and scholars from the humanities, natural and social sciences. The Funding Programmes are considered for the members of the Zukunftskolleg and partly also for the young researchers of the University of Konstanz. The Zukunftskolleg is composed of up to 50 Fellows who belong to the Zukunftskolleg as well as to a department of the University of Konstanz. Further do Senior Fellows and Associated Fellows serve with their expertise as members of the Zukunftskolleg.

The origins of the Zukunftskolleg go back to the Centre for Junior Research Fellows (Zentrum für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs – ZWN), which was established by a resolution adopted by the Senate of the University of Konstanz in 2001 in order to provide the greatest possible support and flexibility for young scientists in their research. Within the scope of the Excellence Initiative, the ZWN was converted into the Zukunftskolleg, which began its operations on 1 November 2007.

In 2012 the application for the university’s status of Excellence has been granted again and therefore the Zukunftskolleg will continue to stand for borderless communication of research: free, creative, connecting.

About the Marie Curie Zukunftskolleg 2016 Incoming Research Fellowships:

You are invited to apply for the Marie Curie Zukunftskolleg 2016 Incoming Research Fellowships (ZIF-MC) in Germany for EU and Non-EU Students. The University of Konstanz, with its “Institutional Strategy to promote Top-Level Research,” has been receiving continuous funding since 2007 within the framework of the Excellence Initiative by the German Federal and State Governments.

The Zukunftskolleg is a central scientific institution of the University of Konstanz for the promotion of young researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, and is an integral component of the institutional strategy “Model Konstanz — Towards a Culture of Creativity.” The Zukunftskolleg forms a platform for interdisciplinary discourse between distinguished researchers in Germany and abroad, and provides them with resources for obtaining extramural funding.

The Marie Curie call for applications is part of the Zukunftskolleg Incoming Fellowship Program (ZIF) and is financed by the Seventh Framework Program (FP7) Marie Curie Actions – People (co-funding of regional, national and international programs), the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the University of Konstanz.

Criteria for Eligibility:

In order to be eligible, candidates must fulfill all of the eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree;
  • Applicants cannot currently hold a permanent position as full professor, or the equivalent of the German venia legendi (“Habilitation”)
  • Applicants must not have had their main residence in Germany for more than 12 months during the three years prior to the application deadline;
  • Applicants must have already secured a research grant of at least 50,000 Euros or an equivalent amount of funding to be used for their research while at the Zukunftskolleg Funding from other EU sources (such as ERC grants or other Marie Curie funding) is not eligible;
  • Candidates with their own position funded by another program, which can be transferred to Konstanz, are also eligible;
  • Applicants must propose a research project that ties in with a discipline represented at the University of Konstanz;
  • Applicants must submit all required documents by the specified deadline, including two letters of reference.

Eligible Countries/Target Groups:

The fellowship is open to all nationalities –EU as well as non-EU citizens.

Value of Scholarship/Inclusions:

The 5-Year Research Fellowship consists of an employment contract with the University of Konstanz in accordance with the public sector staff tariffs of the federal states (TV-L; depending on personal qualifications and up to salary group 14 TV-L). Fellows are expected to have their place of residence in Konstanz.

Each Fellow receives Start-up Funding and a Research Allowance. Furthermore, a pool is available for funding cooperative projects, research assistants, travel, and equipment purchases. Each Fellow is a member of both a university department and the Zukunftskolleg. A Mentoring Committee supports each Fellow in her/his career development.

This committee consists of an experienced researcher from the Fellow’s research field within the university department, as well as an advanced Research Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg.

Application Procedure/Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via online application portal. All required documents should be in pdf format. The following materials are required to submit the application:

  1. A complete application form;
  2. Motivation Letter (1 page max);
  3. Project Outline (5 pages max);
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Copies of all relevant degree certificates
  6.  Writing Sample (max ca. 30 pages)
  7.  Two letters of reference.

Duration of Award(s):

Fellowships are awarded for a period of five years. The Fellowships will begin on March 1, 2016, and end on February 28, 2021.

Selection Criteria:

The applications are selected in a three stage process: Eligibility check and pre-selection; International external peer-review and Interdisciplinary Workshop on Future Research Directions at the University of Konstanz. Since it is the community of fellows that makes up the Zukunftskolleg, applicants are assessed, not only for their academic achievements, but also for their personal, social and method-related abilities.

The selection of fellows is organized as a highly competitive process involving intra-disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary evaluation. Criteria include diverse knowledge and qualifications such as leadership and teamwork skills, teaching or management experience, mobility and independence. Ideally, candidates already have some experience as postdoctoral researchers and have published in their area of research.

There is no age limit, although the candidates’ achievements should be in line with their “academic age,” so that they have a realistic prospect of being appointed professors. Personal assessment of the remaining candidates by the Recruitment Committee in the interdisciplinary Workshop on Future Research Directions, to be held at the University of Konstanz in October 2015.


Candidates will be informed of the final decision and the evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of their applications approximately one week after the workshop.

Deadline for Application:

The deadline for applications is May 18, 2015.

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