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Internationalization Fund

INTERNATIONALIZATION FUND: 2020/21 Call for Applications

Internationality has been one of University of Bremen’s key objectives since its foundation 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.

Funding objective

In order to allow the University's researchers to initiate larger projects in accordance with the Internationalization Strategy, additional funds are made available annually by the University Executive Board through an internationalization fund.
Funding will be given exclusively to projects that are directed towards setting a new impulse for longer-term internationalization projects in fields of teaching or research. The projects are expected to have long-lasting effects that go beyond the one-time activity, which must be described in details in the application. Applications must refer to the Internationalization Strategy of the University or department and must explain how the project contributes to the implementation of the strategic goals, to the strengthening of strategic partnerships worldwide, but also in the YUFE and YERUN networks, and to the further development of internationalization.

The current call for proposals prioritizes projects that aim to establish or intensify cooperation in research and teaching with the partners of the YUFE and YERUN networks. Projects that can stimulate cooperation within the network and provide impulses for strengthening cooperation with the network partners are desired.
The submission of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary project ideas in these areas is particularly welcomed.

The maximum amount of funding is €40.000 and it is awarded the following calendar year.

Possible funding models are:

  • initial funding for international cooperation projects (coordination meetings, kick-off workshops, preparatory trips, preparation of applications for third-party funding, unless funded by CRDF - Central Research Development Fund),
  • measures to establish international graduate schools,
  • measures to develop international teaching projects such as international study programmes, international summer programmes, student excursions, (no support for individual and mobility/stay scholarships),
  • exchange projects, provided that they promote the strategic objectives of internationalization (for example the development of digital formats, conferences or workshops at governance/management level),
  • innovative and digital forms of cooperation that deal creatively with the challenges of the current pandemic situation and show possible solutions for future international cooperation.

Qualifying expenses include but are not limited to travel and accommodation, equipment costs, organizational costs, personnel costs (student assistants, extension of existing employment contracts). Hospitality expenses do not qualify.

Double funding with other funding programs (Central Research Funding, YERUN Research Mobility Award etc.) is excluded.


Dr. Annette Lang

SFG 0380
Phone: +49-421-218-60361


Silke Prangemeier

SFG 0320a
Phone: +49-421-218-60364


Application Process

Applications may be submitted by academic staff of the University of Bremen holding a PhD degree.

The applications must state:

  • what effects the funding will have on the internationalization of the degree programme and/or the research area/department / university;
  • which follow-up activities (further third-party funding applications, etc.) are planned;
  • how a medium-term stabilization is planned.

Applications may not exceed €40,000, and the funds need to be used in the course of the following calendar year.

At the end of the funding period, an informal report must be submitted by February 28th of the following fiscal year. Approximately one year after the report, the applicants will be contacted for a long-term result evaluation.

Application deadline

Applications and the supporting documents must be submitted online by 15th November. The following documents must be uploaded:

  • application (project description, max. 5 pages);
  • budget plan;
  • approval from the Head of Department and Internationalization Representative

The results will be announced by the middle of December at the latest.

For further details please contact: Director of the International Office, Dr. Annette Lang, langprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de