How do I submit my application?
The application is to be submitted electronically to email@example.com. The application must contain a CV, a list of publications and a proposal sketching your KWI project (up to 5.000 characters including spaces). Incomplete or late submitted applications cannot be considered.
Shall I send my application in one single file?
Yes. Applications must be sent in the form of one single PDF-file (max. 20 MB).
Can I send my application in other file formats?
Please send your application only in PDF-format. Due to data security reasons, word files or other file formats will probably not arrive in our mail.
Your advertisement calls for a research proposal of up to 5,000 characters. Does this mean 5,000 words?
The project proposal requests 5,000 characters including spaces, which does not mean 5,000 words. The number of words varies depending on the language. Please use the “word count” of your word processor to determine the number of characters (including spaces).
Are Germans eligible to the KWI International Fellowship?
The KWI International Fellowship Program addresses international researchers. Researchers of German nationality are only eligible to apply if currently employed at an international institute.
Is this fellowship open to scholars at all stages of their careers? Or is it limited to recent PhDs?
The fellowship program addresses research fellows with a completed PhD plus up to six years of post-doctoral experience.
The PhD must be completed at the time of application (a PhD certificate must be attached to the application before the deadline).
Applications from fellows who exceed these 6 years of post-doctoral experience can, however, be considered if this is due to reasons of employment related to the fellow’s research field (e.g. curatorial activity in a museum) or due to biographical explanations (e.g. parenthood, scholar at risk etc.).
What are appropriate projects for this fellowship?
The research project should be linked to the programmatic agenda of the KWI. Various project formats are possible: finishing a book project, finalizing a research proposal or setting up a research group. We also welcome plans to establish or substantiate collaborations with the universities of the Ruhr Alliance.
How long will the evaluation process take?
An announcement of the decisions made in the applications is expected at least 5 months before the fellowship starts.
Do I have to apply for the whole period of six months or can I come only for part of the time?
Fellows are requested to actively take part in lectures, conferences, reading groups and other academic events at the KWI during the whole period of the fellowship. We expect the fellows to be present at least 4 days a week.
Does the fellowship offer a family allowance or cover traveling expenses?
The fellows are free to bring their family. Travel expenses for arrival and departure from the KWI can be partially reimbursed for the fellow, but not for the fellow’s family or relatives. The KWI offers a separate parent-child office.
I have missed the deadline. Can my application still be considered?
We are sorry, but we cannot accept applications after the deadline.
Can I resend the application if I find a mistake in the material?
You may send us an updated version of your application during the application period. Once the evaluation process is underway, we do not accept corrections to the application materials.
Can I update my application after the application period has ended?
Application materials will not be updated after the deadline has ended, however, if you wish to inform the committee of significant developments relating to your career progress, you may inform us by email. We will relate that information to the committee.
Are the start and end dates fixed? Would it be possible to start a month earlier/later and end a month earlier/later?
The start and end dates are not flexible. However, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the beginning of the fellowship could be postponed, if the current conditions will not allow the fellow to arrive as arranged. The postponement has no effect to the duration of the fellowship.