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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:  scholarTkb3∂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

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. More

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.

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.

Start your career

You are an international student, intern or doctoral candidate who is about to graduate soon? Or you are a postdoctoral researcher and you would like to start a career as a young professional in the German labor market?

Professor Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, will welcome you together with representatives of the KIT service units International Affairs (INTL)Career Service and Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) in cooperation with Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion  (Welcome Center TRK). 

Please register here.

Registration for individual counselling is required and by appointment only.
After the event there will be the opportunity to chat to and network with all the speakers and enjoy small snacks and drinks.

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

NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2016

You want to expand your network and broaden your horizon? You would like to have deep scientific discussions with other PhD-students from various fields without any pressure? You fancy meeting alumni from different Helmholtz institutes in a casual atmosphere? The first NextGen@Helmholtz Conference 2016 from 28.September to 30.September in HZI Braunschweig - organized by PhDs for PhDs – is where you´ll get all this. The program will encompass miscellaneous formats for scientific discussions, expert panels, networking with fellow PhD students and most importantly, fun filled sessions like science slams, pub quizzes and many more.

Take up this opportunity to meet people from diverse institutes of the Helmholtz Association and get a chance to present your own scientific work to pave the way for multidisciplinary collaborations. Get the most out of the great network you are part of – the Helmholtz Association


Registration here.

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 


More: KIT-Intranet


NanoNet International Workshop 2016

The Annual Workshop of the International Helmholtz Research School for Nanoelectronic Networks (IHRS NanoNet) will be held in Prague (CZ) from August 30 - September 02, 2016
The workshop is co-organized by the Czech Academy of Sciences Prague (CAS - Jan Honolka) and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR - Artur Erbe, Peter Zahn). We expect about 60 participants, especially students and scientists from our School, from the Prague area, and from other institutions and labs. The program will cover the following topics: Single Molecules; Nanowires; 2D materials; DNA and Self Organisation; General Nanotechnology;Theory. Registration Deadline is August, 10th(extended) for applicants requesting financial support, and August, 10th for all other applications. 




Canon Foundation
Canon Foundation - Research Fellowships to Japan

Annually, the Canon Foundation in Europe grants up to 15 Fellowships to highly qualified European and Japanese researchers in all fields of research. European Fellows are expected to pursue a period of research in Japan whereas Japanese Fellows are expected to do their research in Europe.
Canon Foundation Fellowships are for a minimum period of three months up to maximum of one year for researchers who have obtained at least their Master's degree.
Application deadline: 15 September

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
Scholarship program for a research stay for outstanding nanotechnology researchers from China

The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg is awarding scholarships for the year 2016 (continuation is planned) for master's students, PhD students, Postdocs and professors from China with Chinese citizenship, preferably from Shanghai, for a research stay of two to six months, in justified cases to be extended up to 12 months, at a Baden-Württemberg university.

Further information (German language)
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

Program details
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.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme The Research Grants Council of Hong Kong is launching the 7th round of the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, rewarding more than 230 fellows. It aims to attract top international students to pursue PhD studies in Hong Kong’s world-class research institutions. It contains a monthly stipend and a travel allowance for a period of three years.
Kontakt: Jie Han
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
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
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.

DFG Increases Research Fellowship Amounts for Recent Postdoctoral Researchers The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is increasing its research fellowships for recent postdoctoral researchers conducting their first research projects abroad to offer them better opportunities in international competition. The increase with retroactive effect from 1 January 2015 means that fellowship holders will now get a basic monthly sum of 1,750 euros and a monthly fixed allowance for direct project costs of 250 euros.
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