The Zukunftskolleg Konnect Fellowships 2024

Deadline: 15th of February, 2024.

Early-career researchers from Latin America, Africa, and Asia who do research that is relevant to one of the thirteen departments at the University of Konstanz are supported by the Zukunftskolleg Konnect Fellowships. You can maintain your position at home and use this time as a ZUKOnnect Fellow to expand your research networks and familiarize yourself with the University of Konstanz’s research environment. We particularly urge final-year PhD candidates to apply, since these scholarships can serve as a first step toward integration into the German and European academic systems. ZUKOnnect Fellows will not be offered job contracts by the Zukunftskolleg.

An Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) is the Zukunftskolleg. It encourages the independence of early-career researchers by providing fellowships and a wide range of support resources. Postdoctoral researchers can operate with few administrative restrictions and have the flexibility to interact meaningfully with both eminent senior academics and other emerging peers. World-renowned researchers in the natural, social, and humanities disciplines travel to Konstanz to conduct cutting-edge studies. One of Germany’s eleven universities of excellence, the Universität Konstanz, places great emphasis on the Zukunftskolleg as a cornerstone of its institutional strategy.


  • During the on-campus research stay, a stipend of € 1,300/month for doctoral students and € 2,000/month for postdoctoral researchers (following the DAAD guidelines).
  • Standard expenses for one economy-class trip to Konstanz and back.
  • The chance to participate in events organized by the Zukunftskolleg.
  • Access to library resources.
  • Access to IT services.
  • Access to research support services (via Research Support).
  • ZUKOnnect Fellows will benefit from a digital affiliation extending the total period to 12 months. The digital affiliation will be supported with up to €900 (lump sum).
  • German language course (online and on site to be confirmed for 2024)
  • Career Kit Plus is a weekly series of seminars and workshops offered by University of Konstanz staff members or external trainers (e.g. open access, good practice in academic writing, career perspectives, funding opportunities, but also sight visits and other encounters) The program for 2024 is to be confirmed.


  • You are educated and currently work in Latin America, Asia, and/or Africa.
  • You hold a doctorate (maximum of 2 years; doctoral degree granted after February 15, 2022) or are a doctoral student in your final year.
  • Your doctorate was or is going to be completed at a university in Latin America, Asia, or Africa.
  • You do not hold a permanent professorship, nor do you have a habilitation or equivalent qualification (Venia legendi).
  • Your research project fits into one of the disciplines represented at the University of Konstanz.
  • Track A: You should name a researcher at the University of Konstanz—possibly a current Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg—with whom you intend to collaborate (please do not contact the person(s) in advance).
  • Track B: Invitation to apply by a junior Professor of the University of Konstanz and a nomination letter sent directly to zukonnect@uni-konstanz.de by February 15, 2024 (Don’t forget to upload application documents in the online portal!)

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