Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Zukunftskolleg

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2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships are for all those in the early stage of their career who plan to develop and implement an independent research project.

Within the Synergy Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme we open the possibility to (academic) partners to apply. This programme allows two researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds to work on a single project, each contributing their own topical or methodological expertise, while having the opportunity to sharpen their individual research profiles. Each researcher will be awarded an individual Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Zukunftskolleg provides them with a professional infrastructure and an appropriate workplace for conducting research. Each fellow receives an annual research allowance, e.g. for funding research assistants or equipment. Furthermore, the Zukunftskolleg gives financial support for start-up, consumables and travel costs, and assists in developing academic skills.

Each fellow is a member of both a university department and the Zukunftskolleg. Additionally, fellows of the Zukunftskolleg can be affiliated to the Clusters of Excellence at the University of Konstanz: "Politics of Inequality"and the "Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour".

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.

Fellows have a work contract with the University of Konstanz and are expected to have their place of residence in Konstanz. They participate actively in the regular weekly meetings (Jour Fixe) of the Zukunftskolleg and have an opportunity to teach.

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship

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The 2022 Research and Postdoctoral Fellowship calls have been launched. The application portal will open on 1 September 2022.

Deadline: 31 October 2022, 11:00 am (Konstanz time)

2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships are for all those in the early stage of their career who plan to develop and implement an independent research project.

Within the Synergy Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme we open the possibility to (academic) partners to apply. This programme allows two researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds to work on a single project, each contributing their own topical or methodological expertise, while having the opportunity to sharpen their individual research profiles. Each researcher will be awarded an individual Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Zukunftskolleg provides them with a professional infrastructure and an appropriate workplace for conducting research. Each fellow receives an annual research allowance, e.g. for funding research assistants or equipment. Furthermore, the Zukunftskolleg gives financial support for start-up, consumables and travel costs, and assists in developing academic skills.

Each fellow is a member of both a university department and the Zukunftskolleg. Additionally, fellows of the Zukunftskolleg can be affiliated to the Clusters of Excellence at the University of Konstanz: "Politics of Inequality"and the "Centre for the Advanced Study of Collective Behaviour".

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.

Fellows have a work contract with the University of Konstanz and are expected to have their place of residence in Konstanz. They participate actively in the regular weekly meetings (Jour Fixe) of the Zukunftskolleg and have an opportunity to teach.

Support Measures

Postdoctoral Fellows profit from all support measures available at the Zukunftskolleg:

Eligibility Requirements

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

– Applicants should be in possession of a doctoral degree granted between 31 October 2020 and 31 December 2022. Earlier graduation dates can be accepted in case of maternity/paternity leave, or working contracts outside academia
– Candidates must not hold a permanent professorship, or have a habilitation or equivalent (Venia legendi). 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. They are invited to include in their motivation letter a reflection note on how their research relates to the 17 SDGs of the UN
– Applicants should contact potential mentors (Local Academic Partner) among the researchers at the University of Konstanz in order to ensure appropriate affiliation. Support from a department strengthens the application
– International experience in teaching or research, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary topics are desirable

If you have any questions concerning the eligibility criteria, please check our ­FAQ.

Your Responsibilities

  • develop and implement their research project;
  • work together, mutually advise and support each other and build in this way a vibrant community of scholars;
  • contribute proactively to the Zukunftskolleg community (e.g. organize Scientific Retreats, Day Trips) and participate in its events - especially the weekly Jour fixe;
  • report on a regular basis and contribute to the yearly institutional reports. Additionally, a final report on your activities and achievements at the Zukunftskolleg is expected within 6 months of completing your fellowship;
  • indicate the membership of the Zukunftskolleg and the source of financial support in publications and any other presentations and outreach activities originating from research projects undertaken within the Zukunftskolleg.

Application

The following documents are required to submit the application:
  • a complete application form
  • motivation letter (1 page max)
  • project outline (5 pages max)
  • curriculum vitae
  • copies of all relevant degree certificates
  • writing sample (30 pages max)
  • two letters of reference

Please find detailed information on the application process and FAQ here.

Selection Process

The applications are selected in a multi stage process

  1. Eligibility check and pre-selection
  2. International external peer-review
  3. Decision by the recruitment committee

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.

The candidates’ achievements should be in line with their “academic age”, so that they have a realistic prospect of being appointed professors.

 1. Eligibility check and formal pre-selection

In order to be eligible for application, candidates must fulfill all of the eligibility criteria listed above. Applications that do not pass the eligibility check will not be further considered. Subsequently, a first evaluation takes the quality of the proposal, the applicant's track record, and the suitability of the research proposal to the University of Konstanz into consideration.

Applicants are informed whether they have passed the eligibility check and whether their applications are forwarded for peer review.

2. International external peer-review

In the second stage, the best applications are forwarded to external experts who evaluate the research project and CV. Peer reviewers are distinguished experts in the same area of research as the proposals they assess, thus guaranteeing a high level of competence in the evaluation process. Peer reviewers are asked to comment on the quality of the research proposal, the long-term potential of the project, and academic performance, skills and competence relevant to an interdisciplinary setting.

3. Decision by the recruitment committee

In the final step, the recruitment committee discusses all peer-reviewed applications. Please note that the recruitment committee has access to all applications, even to those that have not passed the eligibility check. The Recruitment Committee will meet  to decide which candidates will be offered the Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Timeline Selection Process for Fellowships

  • 31 October 2022: Deadline in the calls for application for 2-year and 5-year Fellowships
  • 20 December 2022: First pre-selection and decision which candidates will be sent to external peer-reviewers. The candidates receive an information about the outcome per e-mail.
  • 09-10 February 2023:
  1. Final decision on the winners of the 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships
  2. Decision on which candidates will be invited to the selection workshop in Konstanz
  • 02-03 March 2023: Selection workshop in Konstanz and final decision on the winners of the 5-year Research Fellowships

Follow-up Prospects

In order to follow up career reintegration after the initial fellowship, all 2-year Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for external funding during their stay as well as for 5-year Research Fellowships.

Further, the Zukunftskolleg provides financial support for one additional fellowship year (2+1) to Postdoctoral Fellows who have submitted an application for external funding / a grant application to cover their own position and are waiting for the results.
Read more about that option in the Intranet of the Zukunftskolleg in the section "Manuals and Guidelines"

Have a look at the career pathways of former fellows here.

Institution
Date de candidature
Durée
2 years
Discipline
Humanités
Sciences sociales
Autres : Biologie, Physique, mathématiques et ingénierie