FAQs Alfried Krupp Fellowships


Requirements

What does the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg expect from me?

It is expected that the Alfried Krupp Fellows will pursue a major research project during their stay and, if possible, complete it. Fellows are also expected to live at the Kolleg and establish their centre of life here. The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg welcomes it when Fellows establish collaborations with members of the University of Greifswald during their stay and offer a course at the Kolleg for students of the University of Greifswald. It is also expected that the application will demonstrate how the planned project will strengthen the University of Greifswald's research priorities and contribute to the promotion of science and research in Greifswald as an academic location.

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

Outstanding academic personalities with a proven track record 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 young researchers with a doctorate. The doctorate must be completed at the time of application.

 

Do I have to be nominated for a Fellowship?

No, a proposal is not a prerequisite for 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, neither at the time of application nor during the possible fellowship is an affiliation with an academic institution required.

 

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

Yes, your plans for a project should be sufficiently advanced for you to include an abstract (max. 1/2 page) and a synopsis 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 the application will demonstrate how the planned project will strengthen the University of Greifswald's research priorities and make a significant contribution to the promotion of science and research in Greifswald as an academic centre.

 

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

Applicants are expected to cooperate independently with members of the University of Greifswald from the same department or beyond.

 

Application Procedure

When can I apply for a Fellowship?

The application period for a fellowship runs annually from June 1 to August 31.

 

How can I apply?

Applications should be addressed to the Scientific Director of the Research Training Group, Professor Dr. Thomas Klinger, and can only be submitted electronically via the application form, which is only available during the call for applications. Applications are possible in both German and English.

 

For which period can I apply?

The period of a fellowship depends on the academic year. Fellows are either appointed for a semester (October 1 to March 31 or April 1 to September 30) or for a full academic year (October 1 to September 30). In the case of a fellowship for one semester, a preference for one semester, i.e. winter semester or summer semester, can be stated 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 by several researchers who would like to realize interdisciplinary projects in Greifswald is possible. Applicant groups are requested that each member completes the application form separately, refers to the group application in the relevant field and uploads the same documents. The research project should be described in such a way that the contribution of each member of the group is clearly recognizable.

 

How does the selection procedure work?

To ensure the fairness and objectivity of the application process, the procedure is carried out anonymously as far as possible. Applicants' personal data is masked out or encrypted by a neutral body for the first round of assessments in order to ensure an unbiased evaluation.

In the second review round, the Scientific Director reviews the applications received and submits an appointment proposal to the Scientific Advisory Board. Alfried Krupp Fellows are appointed on the basis of this recommendation.

 

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

Information on the awarding of the fellowships is 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 can be postponed between the semesters of an academic year.

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

If you have any further questions, please contact the Academic manager of the Kolleg, Dr. Christian Suhm and the Fellowship Program Officer, Celia Baron M.Sc. Please note that not all e-mail inquiries can be processed by the staff in the last week of the 3-month application period.

Application documents

How does the largely anonymous application process work?

To ensure the fairness and objectivity of the application process, the procedure is anonymised as far as possible. Applicants' personal data will be hidden or encrypted by a neutral body for the first round of assessment in order to ensure an unbiased evaluation.

Please ensure that the uploaded application documents do not contain any personal information with sensitive data such as your name, age, gender, marital status, religion or origin or your contact details. Please avoid any information that could allow conclusions to be drawn about the personal information mentioned, e.g. military or civilian service, au pair or parental leave. Please do not add a photo and do not provide any information on language skills.

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

In addition to the information provided on the application form, applicants must also submit the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page aka max. 5000 characters as a PDF file)
  • Abstract of the project (0.5 pages aka max. 2500 characters as a PDF file)  
  • Exposé of the project (max. 5 pages aka max. 25000 characters as a PDF file excluding footnotes and bibliography) 
Does the five-page limit for the summary include footnotes and bibliography?

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

What do I need to bear in mind when uploading application documents for the project as PDF files?

Please ensure that the application documents uploaded as PDF files (letter of motivation, abstract and synopsis) for the project do not contain any personal information with sensitive data such as your name, age, gender, marital status, religion or origin or your contact details. Please avoid any information that could allow conclusions to be drawn about the personal information mentioned, e.g. military or civilian service, au pair or parental leave. Please do not add a photo and do not provide any information on language skills.

How do I send letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation, which should not be anonymised, can either be uploaded in the application form as a complete PDF file or sent separately by e-mail.

Can I also apply by email or post?

No, applications by e-mail or post are not possible. Please only use the application form for your application.

Can I submit my documents as a Word file?

We kindly ask you to submit the documents in PDF format 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, for technical server reasons, the file name changes when the file is uploaded in the application form. This has no influence on the file itself or on the application process.

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 lead to delays on the server. We would therefore ask you not to make full use of the application period, but to upload your application in good time.

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

The double opt-in system is used for applications, i.e. you will receive a first email in which you must confirm the link sent with your application and a second email to confirm receipt of your complete application. As the e-mails are sent automatically by the system, they can sometimes be incorrectly classified as spam by your e-mail system and therefore sorted out. Please also check your spam folders.

Financing and residency

How do I finance myself during the Fellowship?

The fellowships are endowed according to 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. If possible, applications for the appointment of Alfried Krupp Senior Fellows should also include information on a possible contribution by 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 on leave from their home institution for the duration of their research stay. If a researcher's home institution is prepared to contribute to the funding of the research stay at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg, this is welcomed. In this case, information on the type and amount of a possible contribution is requested.

Additional insurance benefits as well as travelling and laboratory costs will not be covered by the Kolleg. 

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

All Fellows are provided with a flat and a workroom 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 wish to take up their fellowship in the company of a partner and/or children. Within the scope of its possibilities, the Kolleg offers suitable accommodation. The College's fully furnished flats are free of rent and operating costs for Fellows and their children up to the age of 14.

Fellows receive individual support in their search for suitable kindergartens, schools and other childcare options. The Centre works together with the University of Greifswald's Family Service and provides information about leisure activities, events and playgrounds for children. Most of the events organised by the Kolleg are also open to those accompanying Fellows. The Centre is happy to put accompanying persons in contact 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 the personal data contained therein for a specific purpose. This data will not be passed on to third parties. You can find more information on this in our privacy policy.