Mid-term Fellowships for Experts

For two to six-months stays of international senior scientists at the University of Stuttgart or at KIT (Fellowships).

  • For whom: Postdocs, experienced scientists, professors from abroad
  • Duration: 2-6 months stay at KIT or the University of Stuttgart

The "Future Mobility Grants" and the supplementary exchange program of the InnovationCampus Future Mobility (ICM) are designed to support international collaboration of the ICM with researchers from all over the world.

The partners of the ICM, University of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), award "Mid-term Fellowships for Experts" to fund longer-term stays (2-6 months) of experienced researchers worldwide at both partner institutions.

The planned research project will be conducted in cooperation with the scientific hosts of both partner institutions in Baden-Württemberg. Details on the research project must be agreed upon with the host institute prior to submitting the application. The "Mid-term Fellowships for Experts" are not designed to fund short-term study travels or trainings. For other stays, other funding tools have been launched under the "Future Mobility Grants" program.

The requirements for participation in the "Mid-term Fellowships for Experts" are given in the program information. All necessary documents and templates can be found below.

Applications can be submitted at any time. Please submit only complete documents in electronic form to mobilitygrants(at)icm-bw.de or by mail to the following address:


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Service Unit International Affairs

International Scholars & Welcome Office (IScO)

Keyword "Mobility Grants@InnovationCampus".

Adenauerring 2

76131 Karlsruhe

Questions & Answers

Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications are reviewed four times a year:

  • 15/10/2023 for the meeting of the Research Board on 09/11/2023
  • 07/01/2024 for the meeting of the Research Board on 25/01/2024

More dates to follow.

The funding of the fellowships (scholarships) is based on the scientific qualification of the nominee, and, depending on the case, on her/his personal circumstances. The funding is calculated individually. In general, postdoctoral fellows (up to four years after obtaining the doctorate) will receive up to €2,700 per month. Experienced researchers with an independent research profile who are at least assistant professor, junior research group leader or comparable will receive up to €3,200 per month. These are maximum amounts per month. A fellowship requires a temporary release from the home institution.

Additionally, the host institute can apply for a research allowance of up to 500 € per month for costs incurred in carrying out the research project, such as, for example, material resources. This should already be requested at the time of nomination.

A travel allowance is provided to cover the researcher‘s costs of travel and return expenses if these are not covered by a third party. The travel allowance is based on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s research fellowship rates.

Unfortunately, this is not possible at this time. Additional costs for the family members are currently not refundable.

Yes, ICM promotes Fellows to improve their German language skills and can reimburse up to €500 the costs for a German language course. Both online and face-to-face courses are covered. The course can be started even before the official funding period of the ICM Mid-term Fellowship but not after. Only ICM Fellows staying at the University of Stuttgart or KIT for more than four months are eligible for the reimbursement. Please inform the Grants Project Management about your request.

It is becoming increasing difficult to find short-term housing in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart. Please plan your accommodation search well in advance. You can contact the respective Welcome Office of the University of Stuttgart or KIT as well as your host for advice.

If your plans have changed, please contact the Grants Project Management as soon as possible by e-mail: mobilitygrants(at)icm-bw.de, so that we can prepare a revocation notice, with the rejection of grant or an appropriate change to the grant approval.

The Welcome Center of the University of Stuttgart and the International Scholars & Welcome Office of the KIT offer a good overview for international researchers.

The answers to some additional questions can be found on the central website. If you do not find any answer there, please contact us at mobilitygrants(at)icm-bw.de 

Catherine Baumann

Project Manager Future Mobility Grants

+49 173 9797896