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International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO)
Dr. Petra Roth

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Adenauerring 8
D-76131 Karlsruhe

Campus South
Building 50.25

Phone +49 721 608-48349
Fax +49 721 608-45326
E-Mail:  scholarGzt2∂intl kit edu

IScO Service Office Campus North

Building 141
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


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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.

Latest News

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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

Karlsruhe Dialogues: Pluralistic Society and Its Enemies

Trump and Brexit, AfD and Front National, political apathy and mistrust: The open society is threatened – be it by nationalism, xenophobia or populism. Within the framework of the 21st Karlsruhe Dialogues under the title “Pluralistic Societies and its Enemies”, experts, artists and activists from various countries and cultures come together to discuss the future of a diverse society from March 3 to March 5, 2017.

More Information and Registration: http://www.zak.kit.edu/english/5124.php


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.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 6 pm
Prof. Dr. Hande Birkalan-Gedik (Turkey), Institute of Sociology
Institute of Sociology, Goethe-University Frankfurt


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.

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Humboldt Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim e.V. lecture

Humboldt Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim e.V. lecture

Dear Humboldt Fellows, Colleagues and Friends,

On December 1st at 7:00 pm we will be hosting our next Humboldt Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim e.V. lecture on
"Quantum information processing using superconducting circuits", given by Dr. Ioan Pop  .

Date & Time: December 1st 2016 at 7:00 pm.
Venue: "Guest House and Conference Center”  , Engesserstr. 3, Campus South, KIT.

This lecture is open to everybody interested in this topic. For organizational purposes please register via e-mail if you plan to attend.

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
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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. Mehr
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. Link_more
Phillip Schwartz-Initiative
Philipp Schwartz Initiative

Fellowships for threatened foreign researchers for a period of 24 months

Who is eligible for a Philipp Schwartz fellowship?

Postdoctoral researchers in any academic field who
- have completed their PhD
- have not been resident outside their own country for more than three years
- are demonstrably threatened in their own country

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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 More (German language)
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.
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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

Marie Curie Actions
MSC Fellows in Israel, Poland and Romania

In the framework of MSCA IF 2015 several universities in Israel, Collegium Civitas and University of Silesia in Poland and Valahia University of Târgovişte in Romania express their interest to host Marie S. Curie fellows.

- Overview of hosting universities in Israel
- Poland, Collegium Civitas
- The University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland (Particle Physics)
- Romania, Valahia University of Târgovişte


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. More
Bust of Kenjiro Takayanagi, who transmitted the katakana letter ? 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.
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