Early Career Researchers Support Fund


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.

Available funding

Funding is available for research expenses and individual qualification measures not covered by Cluster projects that are already funded, including for example:

  • conference travels,
  • participation in summer schools,
  • expenses for field research and networking activities, coaching, mentoring, etc.,

up to the maximum amount of 750 EUR per supported researcher per year.

Combination with other funding sources is permitted, but the total funding cannot exceed the amount of the expenses incurred. Early career researchers are eligible to submit several applications a year until the yearly flat rate per researcher has been exhausted. Applications need to be submitted no later than three months after expenses were billed.

Funding may take the form of a refund for costs already incurred by the researcher (researcher will have to provide the invoice, bank statement, specific cost-related documents, and bank data needed for money transfer), or of cost absorption in advance where applicable.

Eligibility criteria

Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers affiliated with the Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” (Affiliated Members in accordance with Cluster Bylaws and Complementary Regulations; see sidebar) are eligible to apply.

Application Process

To apply, please fill out the application form below. Make sure to include invoices, bank statements and similar records suited to supporting your claim.

Deadline: Applications for the current calendar year are open until 30 November.

Selection Procedure

A three-person selection committee of early career researchers assess all applications once monthly and provides the Managing Office with selection decisions as a basis for further funding steps.

Additional information

All questions can be directed to Sophia Timmermann at the Cluster’s Managing Office: application.inequality@uni-konstanz.de.

A Frequently Asked Questions page will be maintained (and updated as necessary) throughout the application eligibility period. Please consult the FAQ section regularly.

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