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Non-Monetary Support

The central support services of the University of Konstanz are open to all fellows of the Zukunftskolleg. These services complement the financial support, resulting in an overarching concept in supporting the fellows.

Academic Staff Development

In the area of coaching and advanced training the Zukunftskolleg collaborates closely with the Academic Staff Development which is the central service unit of the University of Konstanz for human resources development, advancement of young researchers and teaching development. The Academic Staff Development team offers professional career counseling and coaching for junior researchers on all matters relating to an academic career and career development, e.g. in job-related decision-making processes, when assuming new (managerial) responsibilities, when applying for professorships, in coping with challenging phases in the qualification process or with regard to all questions of university teaching. Depending on the issue, consultation takes place in a single consultation, in a long-term individual coaching or in a peer-coaching format.

Science-related competencies across all disciplines may be gained and improved in the seminars and workshops organized by Academic Staff Development. Information sessions give comprehensive information on the German and international science systems. In an initial meeting at the beginning of a fellowship the training and counseling needs of each fellow are discussed individually with one of the Academic Staff Development career coaches.

Equal Opportunity Office

The Equal Opportunity Office is committed to ensuring a university environment that is free from discrimination and provides equal opportunities as well as a good balance between university and family life. It strives to make all university members feel welcomed and valued. Representatives of the Office for Equal Opportunity, Family Affairs and Diversity are in the Recruitment Committee of the Zukunftskolleg.

Research Support

Research Support provides the fellows with a wide range of services. The team offers advice on grant proposal writing and supports them in obtaining funding for their research projects. They assist them every step of the way: from the first project idea to the final submission of the research proposal. In addition, they provide information and advice on all aspects of national, international and European sources of research funding.

Since 2022, the Research Support also offers advice on questions concerning research ethics. Please contact Danica Kümmel.

Welcome Centre

Before coming to Konstanz, the Welcome Centre supports new fellows and visiting researchers and their families with planning and preparing for a stay in Konstanz, e.g. with applying for a visa or finding housing.  It gives advice on all non-academic matters and provides them with a place to address all questions that arise during everyday life in a new hometown, provide advice and support with formalities like health insurance, social security, additional insurance coverage, bank accounts and automobile registration. They will also assist you with finding a language course.

Outgoing Centre

The Outgoing Centre provides our Fellows as well as their families with a single place to address all the questions that arise as they plan, prepare for and carry out a research stay abroad. The services of the Outgoing Centre cover a wide range of non-academic matters that impact the everyday life of researchers in new surroundings. This includes, for example:

- safety advice and preventative health measures
- applying for visas, work permits
- health insurance
- childcare, enrolling in school
- finding housing
- withdrawing cash, opening a bank account
- telephone and internet access
- infrastructure and driving licences

University of Konstanz Society (UGK) - Bridging Fund

In 2021, the Zukunftskolleg established a "Bridging Fund" for the fellows of the Zukunftskolleg with funds from the UGK which enables to ease the starting conditions of fellows (with financial disadvantages) in Konstanz.