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INTERNATIONALIZATION FUNDS: 2017 Call for Applications

Internationality has been one of University of Bremen’s key objectives since its inception in 1971. Today, it has visibility and a network throughout the whole world. It strives to offer diverse internationally-oriented study programs with a global perspective to students and ideal conditions for excellent research and teaching to researchers from around the world.

In order to facilitate projects targeting the internationalization of departments, faculty and other institutions within the university and which contribute to the strategic objectives of the internationalization strategy of the university, the Rectorate has allocated additional funding in the internationalization fund.

Calls will usually be opened in fall for the entire following year. The funding period is from 1.11.16 to 31.12.17.

Depending on the budget, there may be a second application round in the summer semester. For any remaining balances, applications may open at any time during the year.

Applications must pursue the following objectives:

  • promote the internationalization of teaching and research;
  • help start up and consolidate partnerships;
  • implement strategically defined goals and actions; and meet the objectives of the internationalization strategy.

Funding opportunities:

I. SMALL GRANTS (UP TO €2,500 per grant):
Travel expenses (visits from partner universities), grants for events, etc. Projects which can be funded through other programs are excluded (visiting lecturers program, DAAD conference and lecture travels, ZF). Furthermore, the dean must justify why funding cannot be paid out of the faculty’s budget.

II. INDIVIDUAL GRANTS (UP TO €4,000 per grant):
Guest lectureships (only outgoing) for up to 4 weeks abroad, stays abroad in the framework of a bi-national PhD program (provided they are not funded by the DAAD / IPID) and comparable programs.

III. PROJECT FUNDING (UP TO €10,000 per grant):

  • Start-up support for international cooperation projects (coordination meetings, kick-off workshops, preparatory trips, preparation of externally funded applications unless promoted by the ZF)
  • Development of international graduate schools
  • International educational projects such as international courses, summer schools, student excursions (only outgoing — foreign student groups can apply with the DAAD). Individual and mobility stays abroad are not funded!
  • One-time / time-limited exchange projects, unless they are funded by the strategic goals of the internationalization (restrictions as above, no individual and mobility stays).

Thematic Priorities 2016/2017:

Especially for the funding of projects, thematic priorities can be established yearly by the board of internationalization representatives, (developed from the objectives and priorities of the internationalization strategy as well as the recommendations of the HRK-Audit, such as "Internationalization of Curricula" or "Strategic Partnerships"). Applications that meet the thematic priorities are preferred (but not exclusively prioritized).

Striving for the comprehensive internationalization of curricula is one of the central recommendations of the HRK audits. To this end, numerous initiatives and projects have already been developed in the recent past. The continued strengthening and expansion of the latter is the focus of the current funding priorities. The funds from Strand III for the academic year 2016/2017 will therefore be prioritized for projects dedicated to the internationalization of curricula. Examples include the planning and establishment of international studies, international teaching projects such as joint seminars with partner universities or student field trips, and summer schools.

Applications in Strands I and II are unrestricted.

Please note the following: applications in Strand III are only possible either if funding of the translation has been granted in 2016 and the websites are already translated, or if a comprehensive translation of the web pages is well under way.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted exclusively with the documents referred to on this page. Applications must be submitted via the dean's office and require a statement from the internationalization representative regarding the classification of the application in the internationalization of the faculty.

Funding from other programs (in particular the “zentralen Forschungsförderung”) must be excluded. Long-term funding and exchange scholarships are not provided.

Applications must identify a contribution to the department.

Please apply by 31/03/2017, using exclusively this online form, to the Head of the International Office, Dr. Annette Lang:

Please also submit the following documents with the application.

  • A freely-formulated application, maximum 1-2 pages in Strands I and II, maximum 5 pages in the Strand III
  • Financing plan
  • A schedule (for business trips or study trips)

Please provide information, if possible and where appropriate, on the following items:

  • Since what year are you in contact with the institution, or is there a cooperation agreement?
  • For guest lecturers: study period, schedule
  • What is the additional (long-term) value of the project for the cooperation and the internationalization of the University of Bremen?
  • How is the project integrated into the internationalization strategy of your department or in the strategy of the university?

A selection committee consisting of K, KON3, 14, and two internationalization representatives (one from departments 1-6 and another from departments 7-12, newly appointed every year) develops an award proposal.

The decision is made by the Rector.

A selection committee consisting of K, KON3, 14, and two internationalization representatives (one from departments 1-6 and another from departments 7-12, newly appointed every year) develops an award proposal. The decision is made by the Rector. Applications for up to €1,000 may be accepted outside the application dates for any possible remaining funds. The decision will be made by KON3 / 14 and announced by the awarding committee / rector.

Eligible applicants are:

  • Academic staff (above PhD status) of the faculties (also young scientists with scholarships)
  • Academic staff from extracurricular research institutions, only if a job at the university is available (for example, a bridge professorship ) and the funding benefits the department
  • Other facilities and authored members of the university (student council, esg, choir / orchestra, and others)