Invitation to Apply for a Re-Invitation Grant for Research Alumni


Extend your research collaborations and invite former guest researchers from abroad (research alumni) to return to KIT for a research stay!

The International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO) offers scientists of KIT the opportunity to re-invite guest researchers as “research alumni of KIT” for a short stay at KIT. For this, we will award re-invitation grants (reunion grants) of one to a maximum of two months’ duration.

Goals and Target Groups

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) wishes to extend collaboration with research alumni after their research stay in Karlsruhe and to bind them to KIT even after they have left. Our grants for research alumni (re-invitation grants) are intended to initiate or extend KIT’s international research collaborations with them, to convince early-stage researchers of the excellent research opportunities in Karlsruhe, and to foster close ties between them and KIT.

Grant Period

The period for re-invitations of research alumni is the calendar year of 2021. Hence, the last possible start of a research stay at KIT is December 2021[1].

The duration of the stay may be one to two months. This duration should be agreed upon with the host and IScO prior to the start of the grant.

Research alumni of KIT, who currently conduct research abroad, may apply for the grant. A support letter by the host is mandatory. In addition, the host has to make available a suitable workplace.

Amount of Funding

The stay can be funded with a grant in the maximum amount of EUR 1500 per month. In case of shorter stays, the grant will be adapted accordingly (up to 375 € per week). In special cases, the stay may be shortened to not less than two weeks. Additional costs, such as travel expenses, cannot be reimbursed. For the duration of the stay, grant holders have to provide evidence of health insurance cover. The IScO staff may provide advisory support. The guest scientist is responsible for taking out insurance (such as liability, accident, health insurance); insurance through KIT insurance is not guaranteed. At the request of the host institute, the visiting scientist must provide proof of personal liability insurance against the risks typically associated with such a stay.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by April 25, 2021. Complete application documents submitted in due time will be considered only.


Kindly address your application in writing to the International Scholars and Welcome Office or send it by electronic mail (PDF) to researchalumni∂


Please use the following application template.


You can download the call from here.


Please notice:
All application documents may be submitted in the German or English language. Prior registration in the research alumni network with a profile on the research alumni world map is mandatory.


[1] If a stay is not possible due to the ongoing pandemic, a postponement of the stay will be considered. However, this depends on the availability of funds.