Flexible Fund

Available funding

A) Hardship support for researchers who experience financial hardship, e.g. due to health-related or family reasons or who need flexible working conditions

Which type of funding is granted?

  • An extension (or a top-up) of the researcher’s current position for a maximum of three months
  • Funds for student assistants to support the applicant’s research
  • Up to 150 hours pro applicant pro year for student assistants to achieve flexible working conditions for applicants with family duties

Who is eligible?

All members and affiliated members (without tenure) of the Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” are eligible to apply if their application for the funding is directly connected with their work in the Cluster. Supporting documents to verify the hardship situation need to be submitted with the application. Also, the application needs to clarify that no other funding opportunities are available.

B) Open Science and Language Editing

Which type of funding is granted?

  • Funding for proof-reading and language editing services for publications in international, high-ranked journals or university presses. Researchers can make use of personal contacts with professional language editors (in this case, the pricing needs to be checked with the Managing Office before the work order is awarded). Alternatively, the Management Office provides a list of “pre-approved” language editors/translators who can be hired. Proof-reading costs for articles are generally covered in full; proof-reading costs for book manuscripts are covered until an upper limit of 2.000 Euro per book (exceptions to this rule need to be separately approved by the Executive Board). In all cases, the applying researcher must demonstrate that these costs cannot be covered by other means, particularly project budgets.
  • Funding for open access publication of research of the Cluster up to 2.000 EUR, but only to the extent that the general university fund does not cover costs on open access.

Who is eligible?

All members and affiliated members of the Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” are eligible to apply if their application for the funding is directly connected with their work in the Cluster.

C) Networking and Mentorship costs

Funding is available for all networking and mentorship-related costs to enable female Cluster members to network in Germany and abroad, mentorship from prominent colleagues in Germany and abroad and the opportunity to maintain those contacts. Through this funding line, female Cluster members can invite mentors to Konstanz and strengthen the cooperation by visiting the mentors in their home institutions, thus fostering networking.

For applications, please check the webpage of the Equal Opportunity Office and their calls for Konstanzia and MEiN Fellowships and apply there. Through this funding line, the Cluster will take over the associated costs.

Application Process

To apply for funding lines A and B, please submit the following documents:

  • Application form (provided with the Call)
  • Supporting documents (if applicable)

Please fill out the application form available here.

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

To apply for funding line C, please check the calls for Konstanzia and MEiN Fellowships here and follow the Equal Opportunity Office application procedure.

Selection Procedure

The Executive Board will review applications continuously. Funding decisions are made continuously, so funds can be made available quickly.

Additional information

All questions can be directed to the Cluster’s Managing Office E-Mail address:


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.

Flexible Fund Application Form

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