External Senior Fellowships 2021/22



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The University of Konstanz is one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany. Since 2007 it has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and its follow-up program, the Excellence Strategy. The Cluster “The Politics of Inequality” includes researchers from political science, sociology, economics, linguistics, psychology, law, and education studies. They study how people perceive these inequalities, how they lead to collective mobilization, and how political actors respond to them.


This Call is Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG - German Research Foundation) under the Excellence Strategy of the German federal and state governments – EXC-2035/1 – 390681379 and is in accordance with the Bylaws for the Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality: Perceptions, Participation and Policies” of the University of Konstanz.

Available funding 

Fellowship is available for a duration of 2 to 6 months per selected Fellow during the academic year 2021/22. The earliest starting date is 1st of September 2021, the latest end date 31st of September 2022. Remuneration will take the form of a monthly flat rate of 6,000 Euros to account for accommodation and living expenses, as well as a further monthly sum of 1,500 Euros as a research allowance to finance conference travels and research assistants as well as other aspects of Senior Fellows’ research projects.

Relocation expenses to and from Konstanz will be covered by the Cluster (some limitations apply).

Eligibility criteria 

Applications are open to researchers from outside the University of Konstanz with an established track record and international visibility, as well as a keen interest in the Cluster’s concepts and lines of research. We are looking for scholars with an established track record in inequality research broadly defined and in the fields directly related to the Cluster’s research agenda, though not necessarily in disciplines already represented at the Cluster. Senior Fellows will actively participate in Cluster activities.

Application Process 

To apply, please submit the following documents:

- The application form with the summary of project data, provided in the project package part of this Call.

- A research proposal that contributes to the research agenda of the Cluster, investigating core aspects of the political dimension of inequality. It should not exceed four pages in length, and should also include the duration and the schedule of the project. Please describe work packages that might be relevant for the use of the research allowance at your disposal.

Curriculum vitae and a list of publications.

Please submit your application as a single PDF file consisting of the application form, research proposal, CV, and list of publications via our Online Application Portal: http://inequality.uni.kn/about-us/jobs-and-grants/external-senior-fellowships-202122/

The deadline for the application is 31st of January 2021, 12:00 CET.

Selection Procedure 

The Board will assess all applications and make a selection decision.

Additional information

All questions can be directed to the Cluster’s Managing Office E-Mail address: application.inequality@uni-konstanz.de.

A Frequently Asked Questions Section is available and will be regularly updated every month during the whole timespan of the Call, from the date of publication until the deadline. Therefore, please consult the FAQ section regularly: https://www.exc.uni-konstanz.de/en/inequality/about-us/jobs-and-grants/external-senior-fellowships-202122/

For more information on the Cluster, please visit: http://inequality.uni.kn.

The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in the field advertised (https://www.uni-konstanz.de/en/equalopportunities/equal-opportunity/). Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016).


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