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

Procedure and Dates


  Nomination Deadline Announcement of Results Start of the Stay from  Start of the Stay (ideally) until
First Funding Period 2022 December 15, 2021 February 2022 March 1, 2022 September 1, 2022


International Excellence Talks

International Excellence Talk

On Thursday, 27 January 2022 at 6:00 PM CET the next virtual International Excellence Talk will take place. Prof. Dr. Marcel Utz will present his insights on the topic Micro-scale Magnetic Resonance as a Quantitative Tool for Biology. 

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


M. Sc., Ph. D. Abraham Alexis Becerra Araneda

Junior Professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urbanism

of the University National at San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Research Stay from 27 September 2021 until 26 January 2022

Research Topic: Technical and Environmental Characterization

of Plastic Waste in the Context of Industrial

Residues Management

Host Institute: Institute of Regional Science (IfR)

Dr. Shatabdi Mallick

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Academy of Scientific and

Innovative Research (AcSIR), CSIR-SERC, Chennai, India

Research Stay from 28 October 2021 until 28 Febraury 2022

Research Topic: Creep in Concrete Structures with

Sustainable Cement Systems

Host Institute: Institute of Concrete Structures and

Building Materials (IMB)

Ph.D. David John Jones

Senior Research Assistant / Senior Lecturer at the 

School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne, Australia

Research Stay from 13 September until 17 December 2021 

Research Topic: Harvesting Triplet Energy From Singlet

Fission Materials

Host Institute: Material Research Center for

Energy Systems (MZE)

Ph.D. Akira Miyazaki

Researcher at the Department of Physics and Astronomy,

Uppsala University, Sweden;

Visiting Scientist, CERN BE-RF-SRF section 

Research Stay from 04 October until 26 November 2021

Research Topic: A Feasibility Study of Dark Matter Experiments

with Microwaves

Host Institute: KIT Center Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics

(KCETA) and Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM)

Dr. Eng. Matias Rolf Hampel 

Researcher at the Instituto de Tecnologias en Teledeteccion

y Astroparticulas (ITeDA) (CNEA-CONICET-UNSAM);

UTN-FRBA, Argentina

Research Stay from 16 August until 15 December 2021

Research Topic: The Development of Cryogenic

Quantum-Technology Based Microbolometer Prototype

with Applications in Telescope Instruments

Host Institute: Institute of Micro- and

Nanoelectronic Systems (IMS)

Dr. Hawwa Kadum

Research assistant at the Portland State University, USA

Research Stay from 1 September until 30 November 2021

Research Topic: The Impact of Velocity and Scalar Covariances

in Heterogeneous Forest Canopies on the Mitigation of

Energy Imbalance

Host Institute: Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU)

Prof. Dr. Marcel Utz

Professor, Department of Chemistry at the

University of Southampton, UK

Research Stay from 15 August until April 2022

Research Topic: Massively Parallel Microfluidic NMR–Towards

Metabolomic Cell and Spheroid Cultures (MPM-NMR)

Host Institute: Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Dr. Kazunori Okada 

Associate Professor at the Agro-Biotechnology

Research Center (AgTECH), University of Tokyo, Japan

Research Stay from 23 June to 17 September 2021

Research Topic: Defence Compounds in Grapevine and Rice 

Host Institute: Botanical Institute 

Prof. Dr. Eugen Rabkin

Professor, Trudy and Norman Louis Chair in Engineering,

Department of Materials Science and Engineering at

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Research Stay from 1 August to 31 September 2021

Research Topic: Mechanisms of Dislocations Nucleation in

Metal Nanoparticles 

Host Institute: IAM - Materials- and Biomechanics

Dr. Goran Vladisavljevic 

Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University, UK

Research Stay from 1 July to 31 August 2021

Reseach Topic: Investigation of new microfluidic technology

Host Institute: Food Process Engineering (LVT)

Prof. Dr. Antonina Pirrotta

Professor of Civil Engineering 

at Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy  

Research Stay from 1 July to 15 August 2021

Research Topic: Line element-less Method 

Host Institute: Institute of Engineering Mechanics (ITM)

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 /

Organic 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."

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

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