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

  • 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.
Elena Pfeifer
Coordinator International Excellence Grants and Fellowships

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International Excellence Fellowships of KIT
International Excellence Award of KIT and Fellowship of SCHROFF Foundation
For Postdocs and experienced researchers
From All countries
What Research stay at KIT (2 to 4 months)
For Internationally renowned scientists
From All countries
What Research stay at KIT (up to 6 months) and materials for research purposes (up to EUR 50,000)
Talks and Events

Our International Excellence Talks give insights into the work of our fellows and on their research collaboration at KIT

Visit Fellows

Our list and more information about current and former International Excellence Fellows


International Excellence Award



Presentation of the first “International Excellence Award” and the “Fellowship of SCHROFF Foundation” to top Indian researcher Thalappil Pradeep. KIT looks forward to further cooperation with the awardee in the coming year

In a festive ceremony in the Senate Hall on Monday, November 27, 2023, Vice President Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth and Chairwoman of the SCHROFF Foundation Susanne Schroff presented the first “International Excellence Award” and the “Fellowship of SCHROFF Foundation” to the renowned chemist Prof. Dr. Thalappil Pradeep from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras for his excellent and globally influential research. The presentation of the “International Excellence Award” includes an invitation for a further research stay at KIT of up to six months. Read more in the official press release.

Interviews | Archive 

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Interview: Dr. Daniel Cziczo – "This trip to KIT has been a really unique experience"

Dr. Daniel Cziczo and his host Dr. Ottmar Möhler talk about their collaboration in the past and during his research stay at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research of KIT, which paved the way for further joint projects.

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Interview: Dr. Jennifer Pazour — "A great experience, not only professionally, but also personally”

Dr. Jennifer Pazour and her host Kai Furmans talk about their collaboration towards the future of omnichannel and distribution logistics.

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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.