International Excellence Grants and Fellowships

International Excellence Grants and FellowshipsINTL

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 1: International Excellence Fellowships

    postdocotral researchers, experienced researchers, professors

    all countries

    2–4-month research stay at KIT

International Excellence Talks

International Excellence Talk

Prof. Dr. Antonina Pirrotta gave the third International Excellence Talk on the topic “Virtual Experiments? How and Why!"

For more information, please follow this link.

Interview with Professor Igor Komarov

“This program is about happiness,” says Professor Igor Komarov from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, about the KIT International Excellence Grants and Fellowships Program, a measure included in the University of Excellence Concept. Komarov heads the Supramolecular Chemistry Chair at the Institute of High Technologies and, within the framework of the program, conducted research at KIT from January to April 2021. Watch the full interview here

Fellows 2020/2021

Dr. Katherina Kuschel

Associate Researcher at CENTRUM Graduate

Business School PUCP

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Research Stay from 1 Dec 2020 to 31 Mar 2021

Research Topic: Female Innovation

and Entrepreneurship

Host Institute at KIT: EnTechnon


"Say “yes” to every opportunity that appears
at KIT."

Prof. Dr. Igor Komarov

Head Supramolecular Chemistry Chair 

Taras Shevchenko National University Ukraine 

Research Stay from 4 Jan 2021 to 3 Apr 2021

Research Topic: Supramolecular Chemistry

Host Institute at KIT: IOC

"The collaboration with KIT has 

demonstrated to be a perfect match of

expertise and knowledge which is necessary

to solve challenging problems for society."

Procedure and Dates


  Nomination Deadline Announcement of Results Start of the Stay from  Start of the Stay (ideally) until
Third Funding Period 2021 May 20, 2021 approx. Middle of June 2021 July 15, 2021 November 1, 2021

The nomination deadline for the third funding period 2021 ended May 20, 2021. Information regarding the next nomination round will be announced shortly. 

Elena Pfeifer
Coordinator International Excellence Awards and Fellowships

+49 721 608-45320elena pfeiferZtx5∂kit edu

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