FAQs Alfried Krupp Fellowships


What does the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg expect from me?

It is expected that Alfried Krupp Fellows pursue a significant research project during their stay and, if possible, conclude the project. Fellows are expected to live in the Kolleg. The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg welcomes Fellows to establish cooperation with the members of the University of Greifswald and offer a course for University of Greifswald students at the Kolleg. It is also expected that applications show how the planned project strengthens the research foci of the University of Greifswald and promotes science and research at the academic location of Greifs­wald.


What requirements do I need to meet to apply for a Senior Fellowship?

Prominent scientists and scholars with outstanding achievements in research and teaching can apply for an Alfried Krupp Senior Fellowship.


What requirements do I need to meet to apply for a Junior Fellowship?

The Alfried Krupp Junior Fellowships are awarded to particularly qualified junior researchers with a doctorate. The doctorate must be completed by the time you apply.


Do I have to be nominated for a Fellowship?

No, a nomination is not required for the application. However, you can enclose letters of recommendation with your application or have them sent to us separately.


Do I have to be affiliated with an academic institution at the time of application and/or during the possible Fellowship?

No, you do not have to be affiliated with an academic institution at the time of application and/or during the possible Fellowship.


Do I have to have an existing project that I am working on during my Fellowship?

Yes, the planning of a project should be so far advanced that you can enclose an abstract (max. 1/2 page) and an exposé of the planned research project (max. 5 pages) with your application.


Does the planned research project have to be related to Greifswald?

It is expected that applications show how the planned project strengthens the research foci of the University of Greifswald and promotes science and research at the academic location of Greifs­wald.


Will I be put in touch with colleagues at the University of Greifswald?

Applicants are expected to cooperate with colleagues from the University of Greifswald.


Application Procedure

When can I apply for a Fellowship?

The application period for a Fellowship is from 1 June until 31 August each year.


How can I apply?

Applications can only be submitted electronically in a single PDF document using the application form, which is only activated during the application periodon the Kolleg’s website. Applications are possible in both German and English.


For which period can I apply?

The duration of a Fellowship is oriented on the academic year. Fellows are appointed either for one semester (1 October to 31 March or 1 April to 30 September) or for a whole academic year (1 October to 30 September). In the case of a Fellowship for a semester, a preference for a semester, i.e. winter semester or summer semester, can be indicated in the application.


How many fellowships are awarded for an academic year?

The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald awards three to six Alfried Krupp Senior Fellowships and four to eight Alfried Krupp Junior Fellowships for the academic year.


Is it possible to apply for a Fellowship as a group?

Yes, a joint application of several scholars who want to realise projects in Greifswald in interdisciplinary cooperation is possible. Applicant groups are requested to submit a joint application and to submit it to the application form by uploading only one joint application document. The application document should contain all relevant information about the applicants. The research project should be described such that the contribution of each individual member of the group is recognisable.


How does the selection procedure work?

The Academic Leader reviews the applications submitted and makes a suggestion to the Academic Advisory Board. The Academic Advisory Board reviews the suggestions from the Academic Director and makes a recommendation as to who should receive the Fellowships. Alfried Krupp Fellows are selected based on this recommendation.


When will I be informed if I am accepted for a Fellowship?

Information on the awarding of the fellowships will be provided in March/April/May of the following year.


Can I postpone a fellowship that has already been assigned to me?

In principle, assigned fellowships cannot be postponed. Only 6-month fellowships may be postponed between semesters of an academic year.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the application procedure?

If you have further questions, at an early stage please contact the Kolleg’s Academic Director of the Institute, Dr. Christian Suhm, and the officer responsible for the Fellowship Programme,Celia Baron M.Sc. Please note that not all email enquiries will be able to be answered by the staff during the last week of the 3-month application period.


Application documents

What documents do I need to submit to apply for a Fellowship?

Electronic applications should consist of the following documents, saved in a single PDF document and uploaded on the application form page:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Awards and honours
- List of publications (if applicable, with an identification of the five publications relevant for the research project)
- Abstract of the project (max. 1/2 page)
- Summary of the planned research project (max. 5 pages)


Does the five-page limit for the summary include footnotes and bibliography?

No, any footnotes and the bibliography are excluded from the summary, which should not be longer than five pages.


Can I also apply by email or post?

No, it is not possible to send your application by email or by post. Please use only the application form for your application. There you submit the requested documents in a single PDF file by uploading it.


Can I submit my documents as a Word file?

Please submit the documents in PDF format in one single document only.


Can I upload multiple files on the application form?

No. Using the application form, it is only possible to submit a single PDF file, which should contain all relevant documents. You can have letters of recommendation sent to us separately.


The name of my application file changes when I upload it. Is that ok?

Yes, due to technical reasons the file name changes when uploading the file in the application form. This has no influence on the file itself or on the application procedure.


I can’t upload my application. What am I doing wrong?

Experience has shown that a relatively large number of people access the online form in the last few minutes of the application period, which can then lead to delays on the server. Therefore, we would like to ask you not to make full use of the application deadline, but to upload your application in a timely manner before the deadline expires.


I have not received a confirmation email. Has my application been received?

Since the confirmation that the application has been received is automatically sent by the system, it can sometimes be wrongly classified as spam and thus sorted out.


Financing and residency

How do I finance myself during the Fellowship?

Alfried Krupp Junior Fellows are funded based on the high expectations of the applicants’ academic achievements.

Applicants for a Senior Fellowship are asked to consider combining a research semester at their home university with a six-month Fellowship for a one-year research stay at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg. Applications for selecting Alfried Krupp Senior Fellows should therefore include if possible information about possible contributions from the home institution to the costs of the research stay at the Kolleg.

The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg assumes that Alfried Krupp Junior Fellows will be given an unpaid leave of absence by their home institution for the duration of their research stay. If a scientist’s home institution is prepared to contribute financially to the research stay at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, this is particularly welcome. In this case, information about the type and amount of possible contributions is requested.

Additional insurance costs, travel expenses, and laboratory costs are not covered by the Kolleg. 

Where do I live and work during the Fellowship in Greifswald?

All Fellows will receive a flat and an office in the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg free of charge. 


Can I start my fellowship with my partner and/or children?

The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg supports applicants who would like to start their fellowship with their partners and/or children. Within the scope of its possibilities, the Kolleg offers a suitable apartment. The fully furnished apartments of the Kolleg are free of rent and operating costs for fellows and children of fellows up to the age of 14.

The Fellows receive individual support in their search for suitable kindergartens, schools and other childcare options. The Kolleg works together with the family service of the University of Greifswald and provides information about leisure activities, events and playgrounds for children. Most of the events held in the Kolleg are also open to the partners of fellows. The Kolleg is happy to put partners in touch with members of the University of Greifswald and non-university research institutions.


Data protection

What happens with my personal data?

By submitting your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data contained for the purpose intended. Your data will not be passed on to third parties. You can find more information in our data privacy policy.