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Internationalization Funds

INTERNATIONALIZATION FUNDS: 2017/18 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 1.11.17 to 31.12.18.

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.


Dr. Annette Lang

SFG 0380
Phone: +49-421-218-60361


Silke Prangemeier

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


Funding opportunities


(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 (DAAD conference and lecture travels, "Zentrale Forschungsförderung" [Central Research Funding]). Furthermore, the dean has to justify why the funding cannot be paid from the blanket department allocation for the support of internationalization.


(UP TO €4,000 per grant):

Stays abroad within the scope of research and teaching with a length of stay up to a maximum of 4 weeks, stays abroad in the framework of a bi-national PhD program (provided they are not funded by the DAAD / IPID) and comparable programs.


(UP TO a maximum of: 2.000 € per individual grant):

Invitations are to be sent out to international guest researchers with a doctorate, who are enrolled into a foreign higher education institution and introduce an international perspective to the regular teaching operations of the University of Bremen. By means of these short-term lectureships the interdisciplinary range of courses is supposed to be expanded by professional and methodical aspects, as well as foreign languages. Since in Europe the funding of guest lecturerships is enabled by the ERASMUS program, the offering is aimed only at researchers working at non-European higher education institutions. The courses have to contribute to the internationalization of the teaching offer.


(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 "Zentrale Forschungsförderung")
  • 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 2017/2018

Especially for the funding of projects, thematic priorities can be established yearly, (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). For the funding year 2017/18 the following priorities were set:

International visibility through marketing and Alumni

The improvement of our international visibility represents a current working focus within the internationalization. This includes various aspects:

  1. The aim of the University of Bremen is to increase the proportion of international students and at the same time to include specific interests and requirements of the subjects within advertising and information work. This is, inter alia, due to the expectable demographical development, but also based on the requirement to become more attractive for young and qualified researchers worldwide. To be able to support the faculties in that and the strategic orientation of their measures a marketing concept is being developed.
  2. Together with the U Bremen Research Alliance the international research marketing is currently being developed, with which the visibility of the research location of Bremen as a whole and with its strengths is being improved in selected areas.
  3. For both of the marketing aspects the Alumni play a significant role as involved actors, for which reason they are integrated in the focal point of support.

Applications of the faculties in this focal point of support can refer to individual areas but can also be issued as a whole. Examples are informational and marketing campaigns for individual courses of studies, professional events in consultation with a Research Ambassador or the development of a specialist group for Alumni abroad.

Second Focal Point Of Support 2017/18

The development of strategic partnerships needs a financial impetus for its realization. This is laid down explicitly in the support criteria (the measures are supposed to “serve the strategically determined objectives and measures”). However, in regards to the possible expulsion of new strategic partners in the course of the new strategy of internationalization, we see the need to focus on the precise support of individual university partnerships. The partnerships for this intended purpose will be explicitly named in the tendering (the four existing strategic partners as well as the University of Hokkaido and the University of Namibia).

Applications in Strands I and II are unrestricted.

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.


Please apply by 30 October, 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, II and III, maximum 5 pages in the Strand IV
  • 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, integration into the curriculum/ECTS credits
  • 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.

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 non-university research institutes, 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)