International Excellence Grants and Fellowships

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International collaboration is of high importance in particular in top-level research. Excellence lives on competition and on exchange among the best researchers worldwide. By establishing International Excellence Grants (IEG) with funds granted to the University of Excellence concept “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change,” Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) intends

  • to strengthen its renewal capability and top-level research,

  • to expand its network to strengthen international recruiting, and

  • to support strategic cooperation with international top-level universities and research institutions.

Funding Line: KIT International Excellence Fellowships

Postdocotral researchers, experienced researchers, professors
All countries
2–4 month research stay at KIT
Research grant (from 2.500 up to 3.000 € monthly basic amount) + One-time travelling allowance
2020 – 2026, From 3 up to 4 selection rounds yearly


Current Invitation of Proposals: 7th Funding Period


Nomination Deadline

Announcement of Results

Start of stay at the earliest

Start of stay (ideally) at the latest

Seventh Funding Period / Funding Year 2023

November 15, 2022  Late December 2022 January 15, 2023  May 1, 2023



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Internal Nomination

Via this link you can access the internal nomination page with all the required documents for the application process. 

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Current Invitation of Proposals

A digital copy of the current invitation of proposals can be found here as a PDF.


International Excellence Talks

On Wednesday, 23 November 2022 at 3:00 PM (CET) the 15th International Excellence Talk will take place as an attendance event and virtually per Zoom. Dr. M. Veronica Ganduglia-Pirovano will present her insights on the topic "Rational Design of Materials for Energy Production and a Cleaner Future ".


Important: Registration is required for the offline event. More information can be found on the website linked below. 

For more information, please follow this link.

International Excellence Fellows | List of Fellows

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Interview: Dr. Isabella Schalko — "Future ambassador of KIT in field of hydraulic research"

Dr. Isabella Schalko and her host Prof. Dr. Mário Franca expand on their thoughts and experiences regarding the program and how it has had a beneficial impact on their ongoing research activities.

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Interview: Dr. David Jones — "Natural match" for KIT from the other side of the world

Ph. D. David John Jones and his host Dr. Alexander Colsmann explain how complementary skills between Melbourne and Karlsruhe evolved into a fruitful and succesfull collaboration due to the International Excellence Fellowship.

Interview: "For a scientist, this is the best place" – Antonina Pirrotta

As a KIT International Excellence Fellow, Prof. Dr. Antonina Pirrotta explains why KIT is such a unique place for international science.

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Interview: "This program is about happiness" — Prof. Igor Komarov

From Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, Professor Igor Komarov elaborates on his experience with the KIT International Excellence Grants and Fellowships Program.

Elena Pfeifer
Coordinator International Excellence Grants and Fellowships, Regional Officer Russia and Eastern Europe

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