Co-Funding for Research Stays - Outgoing Doctoral Researchers

The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up program, the Excellence Strategy. The Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” includes researchers from political science, sociology, economics, linguistics, psychology, law, and education studies. They study how people perceive these inequalities, how they lead to collective mobilization, and how political actors respond to them.

This call is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG - German Research Foundation) under the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments – EXC-2035/1 – 390681379 and is in accordance with the Bylaws for the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality: Perceptions, Participation and Policies” of the University of Konstanz.

Aim of the program

The program supports doctoral researchers when conducting a research stay at a university or research institute abroad. The program promotes the individual qualification of the doctoral researchers, and should not be used for the sole purpose of carrying out project work. The purpose of the program is to 1) foster international research exchange and offer doctoral researchers the opportunity to get to know other research cultures, 2) provide doctoral researchers early on with important opportunities to build their own networks necessary for a successful academic career, and 3) give doctoral researchers the opportunity to interact on a more continuous basis with researchers outside the University of Konstanz and receive valuable and in-depth feedback on their doctoral research project.

Doctoral researchers are especially encouraged to conduct a research stay at one of the partner institutions of the Cluster (see here for a list of partner institutions) or at institutions collaborating with their respective Cluster project. Research stays in Germany are not part of this funding program.

Outgoing doctoral researchers will be supported in the administrative planning of their research stay abroad by the University of Konstanz’s Outgoing Centre.


Doctoral researchers affiliated with the Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” (Affiliated Members in accordance with Cluster Bylaws and Complementary Regulations). Doctoral researchers need to be at least in their second year of doctoral studies when conducting their research stay abroad.


Available funding

Co-funding is available for a duration of 2 to 5 months per selected doctoral researcher during the academic year 2022/23. The Cluster aims to make the period of the research stay appropriate also for parents with children. Hence, the stay can be divided into two phases, if necessary. The minimum stay per phase is 4 weeks. Extension of the stay via other funding opportunities is possible, double financing is not.
Funding is available to cover additional costs of the stay abroad while the employment contract/stipend of the doctoral researcher continues. Funding for travel and accommodation expenses may be granted up to a maximum amount of 4,000 EUR per doctoral researcher depending on the duration of the stay and the costs incurred. Doctoral researchers can only once receive funding by this program during their doctoral studies. The program cannot be used as an extension/prolongation of the existing contract.

In case doctoral researchers are accompanied by their children, an additional flat rate is paid, as well as travel and accommodation expenses.
Note that the program aims to support a research stay abroad, not the participation in a graduate program at another university. Enrolment fees cannot be covered.

Conditions of award

When applying for funding, doctoral researchers need to meet the following prerequisites:

  1. The supervisor of the applicant has to support the research stay abroad
  2. The host institution provides the doctoral researcher with access to IT services and library infrastructure and offers workspace. The host integrates the visiting doctoral researcher in her*his working group.

Application Documents

Applicants are requested to provide the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation explaining the project the applicant wants to work on during the research stay and detailing how the project and the applicant’s career would benefit from the research stay and from the collaboration with the host
  • Updated CV
  • Confirmation of the host that he*she will integrate the applicant in his*her working group
  • Confirmation of the supervisor that she*he supports the research stay
  • Calculation of the expected costs of the research stay (travel and accommodation costs)
  • Current overview of study achievements (doctoral program)

Application Process

The Selection Committee will review applications twice a year. The deadlines for applications for conducting a research stay abroad during the academic year 2022/23 is 31 March 2022 and 09 October 2022. Please submit your full application via e-mail.

Additional information

Questions can be directed to the Cluster’s Managing Office via e-mail.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in the field advertised ( Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).