Minmin Shen (Computer and Information Sciences)
and (left) her Mentor Prof. Weisi Lin, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Mentorship

The mentorship programme enables fellows of the Zukunftskolleg to network with prominent colleagues both in Germany and abroad, and to maintain these contacts in the medium term. The initiation of new collaborations is preferred. Through the programme, all the non-tenured researchers can invite established researchers in their field as mentors to Konstanz for a few days, and strengthen the cooperation by in turn visiting their mentor. The programme facilitates the opportunity to develop new projects or establish a research partnership with the mentor, the aim being to identify shared areas of key research and generate prospects for future grant proposals.

Who may apply?

The programme is open to fellows of the Zukunftskolleg.

Application

Applications should include the following documents:

  • Abstract of the research proposal. In case of a positive decision, the abstract will be published on the homepage of the Zukunftskolleg
  • Project outline, indicating topical connections to the chosen mentor's field and including a brief explanation why this person is selected as a mentor; maximum 4 pages
  • Curriculum vitae and list of most relevant publications (mentee); maximum 3 pages
  • Proof of the employment or of the scholarship at the University of Konstanz (mentee)
  • Curriculum vitae and list of most relevant publications by the mentor; maximum 3 pages
  • A statement of interest from the mentor
  • A tentative schedule for the proposed mutual visits
  • Expenditure plan for the upcoming year.

Researchers who already received funding via the Mentorship programme are not excluded from this call. In case of a planned continuation of the work with the same mentor or with a former advisor/supervisor, an additional motivation and (if applicable) a report of the outcomes within the first funding period are expected. Applications from new candidates are strongly encouraged.

At the end of the project, we expect a final report on how the project goals were or were not achieved. The recipients of the Mentorship grant will be asked to present the project within the Jour fixe meetings of the Zukunftskolleg.

Winners of the Zukunftskolleg Mentorship hitherto

2022

1. Alice el-Wakil (Politics and Public Administration)
Mentor: Maija Setälä (University of Turku)

2. Michele Serra (Mathematics and Statistics)
Project title: Automorphisms of generalised formal power series
Mentor: Prof. Mickael Matusinski (Bordeaux)

3. Valeria Vegh Weis (History and Sociology)
Project title: Confronting state crimes and dealing with the aftermath. Towards a victim-driven approach in transitional justice processes    
Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Jelin (UNSAM, Argentina)

4. Valeria Vegh Weis (History and Sociology)
Project title: Confronting state crimes and dealing with the aftermath. Towards a victim-driven approach in transitional justice processes         
Mentor: Dr. Federico Rossi (Associate Research-Professor (tenured), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Buenos Aires;  Senior Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg)
 

2019_2nd call

  • Eva Lievens (Biology)
    Mentor: Kayla King (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
  • Katharina Zahner (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Anne Cutler (MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia)
  • Maria Zhukova (Literature)
    Mentor: Stephen Hutchings (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
  • Katarina Zigova (Economics)
    Mentor: Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University of Melbourne, Australia)

The following Mentorships were prolonged in 2021 due to the Corona pandemic limitations:

  • Katharina Zahner (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Anne Cutler (MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia)
  • Maria Zhukova (Literature)
    Mentor: Stephen Hutchings (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
  • Katarina Zigova (Economics)
    Mentor: Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University of Melbourne, Australia)

2019_1st call

  • Giulia Fabrini (Mathematics)
    Mentor: Tommaso Lorenzi (Univ. of St. Andrews, UK)
  • Stefan Fischer (Philosophy)
    Mentor: David Copp (Univ. of California, Davis USA)
  • Robert Hussein (Physics)
    Mentor: Sigmund Kohler (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Spain)
  • Natalia Korotkova (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Tyler Peterson (Arizona State Univ. USA)
  • Sasha Kosanic (Biology)
    Mentor: Jen Dyer (Univ. of Leeds, UK)
  • Ritwik Mondal (Physics)
    Mentor: Peter Oppeneer (Uppsala Univ., Sweden)
  • Mialy Razanajatovo (Biology)
    Mentor: Eva Knop (Univ. of Bern, Switzerland) Title of the project: Do pollinators visit phylogenetically related plants?
  • Michael Smith (Biology)
    Mentor: Tim Landgraf (FU Berlin)
  • Maria Zhukova (Literature)
    Mentor: Stephen Hutchings (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
  • Katarina Zigova (Economics)
    Mentor: Chris Doucouliagos (Deakin University of Melbourne, Australia)

2018

  • Tina Bögel (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Alice Turk, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Anselm Crombach (Psychology)
    Mentor: Patrick McGrath, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Giulia Fabrini (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Tommaso Lorenzo, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • Andrea Lailach-Hennrich (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Dominic Gregory, University of Cheffield, UK
  • Morgane Nouvian (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Alison R. Mercer, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Michael L. Smith (Biology)
    Mentor: Tim Landgraf, FU Berlin, Germany
  • Andreas Trotzke (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Anastasia Giannakidou, University of Chicago, USA

2017_2nd call

  • Kathrin Breuing (Economics)
    Mentor: Prof. Sabine Seufert, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Jolle Wolter Jolles (Biology)
    Mentor: Shaun Steven Killen, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Gisela Hilary Kopp (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Luca Pozzi, University of Texas, San Antonio, USA
  • Michael Kovermann (Chemistry)
    Mentor: Prof. Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Sandro Lininger (History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Prof. Yair Mintzker, Princeton University, USA
  • Carlotta Martelli (Biology)
    Mentor: Toshihide Hige, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Virginia, USA
  • Antje Rumberg (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Patrick Blackburn, Roskilde University, Denmark
  • Inga Schalinski (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Martin Hersch Teicher, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA

2017_1st call

  • Geoffroy Aubry (Physics)
    Mentor: Prof. Philippe Roux, Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble, France
  • Stefan Fischer (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. James Lenman, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Gisela Hilary Kopp (Biology)
    Mentor: Hélène Morlon, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, France
  • Marco Paoli (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Hiroshi Nichino, RIES Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
  • Morgane Nouvian (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Alison Mercer, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Ioanna Salvarina (Biology)
    Mentor: Ass. Prof. Leonard Sandin, Swedish University of Agricultural Studies, Uppsala, Sweden

2016

  • Raul Acosta-Garcia (History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Dr. Trevor Stack, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Annette Hautli-Janisz (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Chris Reed, University of Dundee, UK
  • Maria Infusino (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Tobias Kuna, University of Reading, UK
  • Tinette Schnatterer (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Vincent Tiberj, University of Bordeaux, France
  • Dmytro Sysoiev (Chemistry)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Valentin Chebanov, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine
  • Eunike Wetzel (Psychology)
    Mentor: Dr. Brent W. Roberts, Illinois, USA

2015

  • Madeleine Bieg (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Helen Watt, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  • Cindy Daase (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Christina Murray, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Charu Goel (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Bruce Reznick, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, US
  • Nora Hangel (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Jutta Schickore, Indiana University Bloomington, US
  • Maria Infusino (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Murray Marshall, Univ. of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada †
  • Robert Kraus (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Guojie Zhang, Univ. of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Michael Pokojovy (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Marcus Jobe, Miami University in Oxford Ohio, US
  • Maria Daniela Poli (Law)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Dian Schefold, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Marijn Stok (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Maarten Vaansteenkiste, Ghent University, Belgium

    funded within the MIN program (Mentoring International for Female Natural Scientists):

  • Hannah Burger-Kaminski (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Robert Raguso, Cornell University Ithaca, US
  • Elizabeth Yohannes (Biology)
    Mentor: Raymon W. Lee, Washington State University, US

2014

  • Federica Basaglia (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Piero Giordanetti, University of Milan, Italy
  • Tobias Henschen (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Julian Reiss, Durham University, UK
  • Philip Leifeld (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Skyler J. Cranmer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
  • Michael Pokojovy (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. J. Marcus Jobe, Miami University, USA
  • Minmin Shen (Computer and Information Sciences)
    Mentor: Prof. Weisi Lin, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Jennifer Sparr (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Daan van Knippenberg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

2013_2nd call

  • Christina Niermann (History and Sociology with Sports Sciences)
    Mentor: Prof. Stef Kremers, Department of Health Promotion, Faculty of Health,
    Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Gudrun Rath (Literature)
    Mentor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karin Harrasser, University of Arts, Linz, Austria
  • Gudrun Sproesser (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Paul Rozin, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Lukas Thürmer (Psychology)
    Mentor: Dr. Sean McCrea, Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming, USA
  • Andreas Trotzke (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Jan-Woutern Zwart, Departement of Linguistics, University of Groningen,
    Netherlands

2013_1st call

  • Liliana Ruth Feierstein (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Nora Strejilevich, San Diego State University, USA
  • Lorna Gregory (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Françoise Delon, CNRS, France
  • Aswin Mangerich (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Peter C. Dedon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Muna Pohl (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. René Willibrord Joseph Kager, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Nils B. Weidmann (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor, Yale University, USA
  • Martin Welz (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Dr. Adekeye Adebajo, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa

2011

  • Sonja Grimm (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof Richard Caplan, PhD, Official Fellow at Linacre College and Director of the
    Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford, UK
  • Kai Robin Grzyb (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Nachshon Meiran, Ben-Gurion University Beer-Sheva, Israel
  • Melanie Keller (History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Prof. Anita Woolfolk Hoy, The Ohio State University in Columbia, USA
  • Miriam Lay-Brander (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Ottmar Ette, University of Potsdam, Germany
  • Alja Lüdke (Biology)
    Mentor: Scott Waddell Ph.D., Prof. of Neurobiology, Centre for
    Neural and Behaviour, University of Oxford, UK
  • Daniela Oelke (Computer and Information Science)
    Mentor: Prof. Lars Borin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Cordian Riener (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Christine Bachoc, Universite Bordeaux, France

2010_2nd call

  • Federica Basaglia (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Bernd Ludwig, Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany
  • Attila Tanyi (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Christoph Fehige, Saarland University at Saarbrücken, Germany

2010_1st call

  • Ralf Schmälzle (Psychology)
    Mentor: Professor Uri Hasson, PhD, Psychology Department, Princeton University, USA
  • Jale Tosun (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Mary Stegmaier, University of Virginia, USA

2009_2nd call

  • Antje Lahne (Linguistics)
    Mentor: Prof. Marcel den Dikken, City University of New York, USA
  • Diana Schmidt-Pfister (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Melissa S. Anderson, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Anja Schwarz and Michael Neumann (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Michael Taussigs, Columbia University, USA
  • Brigitte Weiffen (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Jorge Heine, Centre for International Governance Innovation and Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

2009_1st call

  • Karsten Lambers (Computer and Information Science/History and Sociology)
    Mentor: Prof. Robert Sablatnig, Institut für Rechnergestützte Automation,
    Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Matteo Morganti (Philosophy)
    Mentor: Prof. Mauro Dorato, Department of Philosophy, University of Rome, Italy
  • Julia Rein (Biology)
  • Mentor: Prof. Brain Smith, School of Life Science, Arizona State University, USA

2008_2nd call

  • Tim Friehe (Economics)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Alfred Endres, Chair of Economic Theory, University of Hagen, Germany
  • Cornelia Niessen (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Beryl Hesketh, College of Health and Science, University of Western Sydney, Australia
  • Margarita Stolarova (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Charles A. Nelson and Prof. Nadine Gaab, Developmental Medicine Center at
    Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

2008_1st call

  • Michael Bauer (Politics and Public Administration)
    Mentor: Prof. Gary Marks and Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina, USA
  • Natalia Borissova (Literature)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Catriona Kelly, Oxford University, UK
  • Rudolf Bratschitsch (Physics)
    Mentor: Prof. Anton Zeilinger, University of Wien, Austria
  • Peter Öhlschläger (Biology)
    Mentor: Prof. Dr. Ed Rybicki, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2007

  • Suzanne Kadereit (Biology)
    Mentor: MD PhD Patrik Brundin, Department of Experimental Medical Science, Wallenberg Neuroscience Center Lund, Sweden
  • Isabella Paul (Psychology)
    Mentor: Prof. Quentin Summerfield, Department of Psychology, University of York, UK