Senior Fellowship by Nomination at the Zukunftskolleg


The Senior Fellowship programme of the Zukunftskolleg is designed to bring together excellent scholars from all countries and disciplines, and to strengthen the intergenerational scientific dialogue between postdoctoral and established researchers.

Only Fellows of the Zukunftskolleg, the Director and the Rector of the University of Konstanz may nominate candidates for Senior Fellowships. Fellows can also nominate a Senior Fellow as part of the collaboration between a fellow and her/his local host. Entitled persons may submit nominations to the Zukunftskolleg at any time

Award Details

Senior Fellowships comprise a research stay at the Zukunftskolleg of one to twelve months and provide funding for a Senior Fellow position for the duration of the stay. Upon agreement the fellowship can be divided into two to three research stays.

The Zukunftskolleg follows the maxim “no loss, no gain” when deciding upon the financial details of the Fellowship. Senior Fellows receive a monthly honorarium, the size of which will be decided after consultation with the fellow and a consideration of relevant circumstances. The Senior Fellow may choose one of the following options: The Zukunftskolleg assumes the costs of a replacement at the Senior Fellow's home institution or the Senior Fellow receives a remuneration (honorarium). Additionally, the Zukunftskolleg provides a subsidy to cover living expenses in Konstanz.

The Senior Fellow can apply during the fellowship for financial support (co-funding) from the Zukunftskolleg, for example for student/research assistants, consumables and workshops.
The Senior Fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on the proposed project, and to participate actively in the academic life at the Zukunftskolleg. Please note that field trips or archival research during the Fellowship is possible only to a limited extent.

Eligibility for nominations

Any nominations for Senior Fellowships require that the nominee

  • holds a professorship or an equivalent position and has at least seven years of independent academic work, emeriti included
  • has an outstanding research record, documented by publications and awards
  • has extensive experience in supervision and mentorship of early career researchers
  • has a thematic focus that fits into the research profile of the University of Konstanz and the projects conducted by Zukunftskolleg fellows.

Nomination procedure

All nominations and required documents must be written in English and submitted electronically (PDF format/one file per applicant) by e-mail to Renate Krüßmann:

Please submit the following documents:


The Zukunftskolleg's Executive Committee decides on the nominations and on the length of the Senior Fellow's research stay at Konstanz. It may call on external experts to contribute to the decision-making process. Nominees will be notified of the decision in writing. 

1-12 months
Social sciences