International Affairs

Welcome! Herzlich Willkommen!

The International Scholars & Welcome Office is your starting point when planning a research stay at KIT as foreign guest scientist, lecturer, doctoral candidate, or a post-doctoral researcher.


On the following websites we will provide you with all relevant information related to your upcoming stay.


Please contact IScO at your earliest convenience so that we can offer a personalized and comprehensive guidance to you.





Coronavirus outbreak


Within Germany, restrictions on everyday life have been imposed. The joint crisis task force of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health has prepared comprehensive FAQ sections on how to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic while being in Germany. Information is also available in different languages.

KIT is prepared and capable of acting.

Team IScO continues to support researchers and advisors can be contacted by e-mail.
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Humboldt Fellows' and Research Alumni's Portraits

Phillip Schwartz-Initiative
Philipp Schwartz Initiative

Fellowships for threatened foreign researchers for a period of up to 24 months.

8th call now open!

KIT internal deadline: August 12, 2020

Program details

world science cafe
World Science Cafe

Thursday, 13 February at 6 p.m

Migration & Human Trafficking in the Global South: Cameroon to the Arab Gulf States
Lecture of Dr. Jonathan Ngeh

Location: Adolf Würth Building, bldg. 11.30, Engelbert-Arnold-Straße 2 (CS)

Schmidt Science FellowshipAppadvice
Schmidt Science Fellows Program 2021/2022

Fellowship for doctoral researchers to undertake a postdoctoral study in a world-leading laboratory in a field different from their existing area of expertise.

KIT internal Deadline: August 20, 2020

International Days "Karlsruhe and the World"

KIT organized the first International Days that took place on October 9 and 10.

The International Days represent an opportunity of encounter and dialog for a better intercultural  understanding.

Panel Discussion "Living Internationality - Research Groups at KIT: Insights by Hosts"


Helmholtz International Fellow Award

The award is aimed at outstanding scientists (senior scientists) and research managers from abroad who have distinguished themselves through their work in areas relevant to Helmholtz.

Fulbright Germany - Award Opportunities 2020-2021

For 2020-2021, Fulbright Germany welcomes applications from U.S. students and scholars from all disciplines.

Natural Sciences and Engi-neering meet Economics

On May 16, the next Humboldt Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim e.V. lecture "Natural Sciences and Engineering meet Economics" is given by Professor Dr. Dirk Wentzel and Dr. Erik Bründermann.

JSPS Fellowships for Research in Japan

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science's (JSPS) programs provide overseas researchers with an opportunity to collaborate with researchers in Japan.

Short-term | Standard

250 HumboldtHumboldt
Celebrating Humboldt's 250th Birthday

Globetrotter and scientist Alexander von Humboldt was born 250 years ago. To mark the anniversary, numerous ceremonies, conferences, lectures, projects and other activities will be taking place.


Calls for doctoral researchers at KIT

Under DAAD’s STIBET program, KIT offers research and teaching assistantships as well as scholarships for foreign doctoral researchers.
Application deadline extended to September 30, 2018.

Scholarship programme of SFB 1015 „Muße. Grenzen, Raumzeitlichkeit, Praktiken“

The special research area 1015 „Muße. Grenzen, Raumzeitlichkeit, Praktiken“ from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, supported by the German Research Foundation offers two scholarships (12 months) to doctoral candidates from abroad. Find more information.

The German-Israeli Research and Innovation Forum

What is the event about?
The forum organized by the above-named organizations brings together the perspectives and selected concepts of R&I in Germany and Israel. It gives young scientists, entrepreneurs and professionals from both countries the opportunity to discuss current developments in R&I and to work together on ideas, how to promote a cross-disciplinary exchange and how to open new channels for research and innovation.

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Sustainable Water Management: Study Scholarships and Research Grants – Master's Studies or Doctorate in Germany

The program offers highly-qualified students from Brazil, Chile, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Namibia, Peru, South Africa and Vietnam the opportunity to study in selected English-language master degree programs or to complete their PhD in applied research at German universities in the thematic fields of sustainable water management. Studies are to be carried out in Germany. The objective of the program is to qualify experts in sustainable water management technology for the respective home countries, to enhance technological cooperation between those countries and Germany.

More on master’s studies

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Instruction for a letter of motivation

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (short-term), für Doktoranden und Postdoktoranden

Ziel des Programms ist es, in Zusammenarbeit mit der Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) hochqualifizierten promovierten deutschen Nachwuchswissenschaftlern und sowie Doktoranden einen kurzfristigen Forschungsaufenthalt an Universitäten und ausgewählten Forschungseinrichtungen in Japan zu ermöglichen. Bewerben können sich Postdoktoranden und Doktoranden aller Fachrichtungen. Gefördert werden Forschungsvorhaben an Universitäten und ausgewählten Forschungseinrichtungen in Japan. Nicht gefördert werden Aufenthalte zur Verbesserung der Sprachkenntnisse oder zur Durchführung landeskundlicher Studienen.

5th KIT PhD Symposium
Fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research

In a new event series, fled and threatened scientists offer insights into their research

In the winter semester 2016/17, the ZAK, in cooperation with the International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO), will be hosting a new series of events in the scope of which refugees give an account of their scientific work. The new format is part of the KIT’s activities within the framework of the Philipp Schwartz Initiative, which was launched by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation together with the German Federal Foreign Office.

Programme - Wednesday, 19. July 2017, 18:00 
Dr. Zafer Yilmaz

of the Faculty of Economics and Social Science at University Potsdam

Foyer of the Presidential Building (Adolf-Würth-Gebäude, Geb. 11.30)
Engelbert-Arnold-Str. 2, 76131 Karlsruhe


Joachim Herz Stiftung
Add-on fellowships from the Joachim Herz Stiftung

Do you work in the natural or economic sciences and are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research? Would you like to network with international colleagues? Through its add-on fellowships, the Joachim Herz Stiftung supports doctoral candidates and postdocs who are working on interdisciplinary questions in the field of systems biology and related research areas or on economic questions of interdisciplinary relevance. Applications are welcome from young researchers of any nationality who are working at a German research institution.

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Von Qubits und spukhafter Fernwirkung

Wie funktioniert ein echter Quantencomputer und wie weit sind wir von der Anwendung entfernt? Im Interview spricht Humboldt-Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer vom Physikalischen Institut (PHI) am KIT über Googles Qubit-Quantenchip und die hohe Erwartungshaltung.

Hier geht es zum Interview 

Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)

The programme "Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience" (P.R.I.M.E.) supports the international mobility of postdoctoral researchers by temporary positions at German universities in place of conventional scholarships. The programme has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the European Union (EU/FP7/Marie Curie Actions/COFUND). Funding is provided for 18 months, in which 12 months have to be spent abroad and 6 months (re-integration phase) at a German university. The re-integration phase is mandatory. The German university administrates the salary during the whole funding period.

Call for applications 2017 (PDF)


The application deadline is on: May 15th, 2017

Trinational information day for emerging researchers - Germany - France - Suiss

Eucor – The European Campus invites emerging researchers of its mermber universties to join an information and networking day.
The event offers an unique opportunity to inform about financing in the area of researching. Furthermore, there is the posibility to .In addition, participants have the opportunity to gain more awareness of their competences acquired during the doctoral studies, to profit from expert reports from the experts, in order to develop better career perspectives.
For whom?
The event is aimed at young researchers from the member universities of Eucor - The European Campus.

When and where?
Thursday, June 1st 2017 - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Université de Strasbourg – Institut Le Bel

Working languages?
German and French with und Französisch (simultaneous translation)


Deutscher Studienpreis
Deutscher Studienpreis

You finished your promotion with an excellent result? You believe that science can change the world? You are able to explain the impact of your dissertation project on society in a short text? Then apply for Deutscher Studienpreis! For contributions of outstanding social significance by young researchers, the Körber-Stitung is awarding annual prizes of over 100,000 € in total, with three 25,000 € top prizes.

DUO German Courses Scholarships supported by DAAD-STIBET

IScO is offering interested persons at the KIT licenses for a DUO German language course as scholarships supported by DAAD-STIBET funds. Apply now, giving your current position at KIT, your CV and a motivation letter!

German courses by DUO are offered on every level of proficiency. You learn everything you need for your stay in Germany in the courses: you hear a lot about your studies, you get to know the country and the people, you learn special languages and gain expert knowledge. Contact person: Oliver Kaas

After a successful application to IScO, further steps are undertaken in cooperation with the Studienkolleg. Your contact / online tutor will be an experienced member of their staff. Correspondence course assignments are mandatory and your learning progress will be evaluated.

More about DUO courses
12th Humboldt-Day at KIT

Promoting  international mobility of researchers

On October 27th, the International Scholars and Welcome Office presents the 12th Humboldt-Tag at KIT. Young researchers as well as experienced scholars have the chance to receive information about funding opportunities from the Humboldt Foundation as well as about supporting services at KIT. Further  Humboldt-fellows will share their experiences and present their current research at KIT
Register Program Flyer


Support for threatened researchers – KIT is a founding member of the German Section of the Scholars at Risk Network

On 20 September 20 universities and research facilities have founded the German Section of the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) in Bonn, in order to be able to communicate about possibilities for the support of threatened researchers and to draw attention to the infringement of academic freedom.
The German Section is part of the international Scholars at Risk Network (SAR), in which higher education institutions are working together worldwide. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will host the secretariat of the German Section until March 2019.

To the press release of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

Workshop: Scholars at Risk


In the context of "International Networking Days 2016": Workshop - Scholars at Risk with Philipp Schwartz Initiative at KIT. Presentations and personal reports provide an insight into the refugee issue at the KIT with the opportunity for discussion.

28th September, 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Senatssaal, Building 11.30. Campus South 


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KIT holt herausragenden Experimentalphysiker nach Deutschland zurück
KIT holt herausragenden Experimentalphysiker nach Deutschland zurück

Deutschlands höchstdotierter Preis für Forscher aus dem Ausland, die Alexander von Humboldt-Professur, ging am 3. Mai in Berlin an Professor Wolfgang Wernsdorfer. Der Begründer der molekularen Spin-Elektronik kehrt nun von Frankreich nach Deutschland zurück: Ab 1. Juni 2016 wird Wernsdorfer am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) an der Entwicklung künftiger Quantencomputer forschen. Den Forschungspreis, dotiert mit einem Preisgeld von fünf Millionen Euro, überreichten die Staatssekretärin im Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung Cornelia Quennet-Thielen und der Präsident der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Professor Helmut Schwarz.

2 Humboldt fellows at once join FLUTE at KIT
There and back again: Two Humboldt Fellows at Once join FLUTE at KIT

Gudrun Niehues and Stefan Funkner joined the department of Erik Bründermann and the new FLUTE facility for their research projects as Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Wolfgang Wernsdorfer
KIT receives Humboldt Professorship for top physicist

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) brings an internationally renowned experimental physicist to Germany: Wolfgang Wernsdorfer was selected for a Humboldt Professorship. With this award, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards worldwide leading scientists previously working abroad. With a prize money of up to five million euros, this is Germany's highest research prize with an international focus. Wernsdorfer, a renowned expert on nanomagnets will further develop groundbreaking research at the KIT Physics Institute. The Humboldt Professorship will be awarded in May 2016 in Berlin

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Call for PhD Positions - CSC Scholarship

The Institute of Applied Physics at the KIT is looking for Ph.D. candidates in quantitative optical microscopy development and application or in biomarker and nanostructure/ nanoparticle development to support their research in the field of Optics and Photonics, Fluorescence Imaging and Biophysics.

Tomsk Polytechnic University
Postdoctoral Fellow Position

Tomsk Polytechnic University invites Young Researchers (under the age of 35) for a Postdoctoral Fellow position. The candidate will be involved in experimental research in Computational Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Physics, Engineering Geology and Simulations of Physical-Chemical Processes. The working language is English/Russian.
More information

Georg Forster Research Award

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is granting up to six Georg Forster Research Awards annually.

The Georg Forster Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date to academics of all disciplines whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond and who are expected to continue developing research-based solutions to the specific challenges facing transition and developing countries.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female researchers.

The award amount totals €60,000. In Germany, research awards are generally exempt from income tax under German tax law.

More information and how to apply

Nanyang Business School
PhD Programme in Nanyang Business School

The Nanyang Business School in Singapore has a PhD programme committed to nurturing future academics, researchs and thought leaders in business and welcomes ambitious men and women who want to graduate with a PhD Programme from a top business school located in Asia.

Bust of Kenjiro Takayanagi, who transmitted the katakana letter イ by all-electronic means with Braun’s cathode ray tube (Braunsche Röhre). The bust is located in front of the Research Institute of Electronics (RIE) at the Hamamatsu Campus of Shizuoka Univ
Cooperating with Japan

KIT-IPS/ANKA - Shizuoka University
Dr. Erik Bründermann, Humboldt Fellow and head of the Accelerator Research department at IPS of the ANKA Synchrotron Radiation Facility has recently been elected as "Honorable Guest Professor of Shizuoka University" for the fourth time in a row. KIT and Shizuoka University are both home of an IEEE Milestone!
Currently the researchers at Shizuoka University and KIT-IPS cooperate to develop terahertz cameras for imaging that use near-field effects.

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung
Humboldt Research Award

Professor Sharvan Kumar, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA, has made sustained, significant contributions, through research and education in the field of physical metallurgy, to enhance our understanding of the fundamentals of deformation response of metals, alloys and intermetallic compounds intended for current and future technological applications. Through this Humboldt Award, he will collaborate with scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf to examine the mechanical behavior of Iron aluminides, High strength Steels and High Entropy Alloys.
Humboldt Award