Funding Line C: Bonn SDG Fellowships

What is the goal of the funding line?

The aim of this funding line is to invite scientists from all areas of specialization that conduct research primarily on a topic addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as set forth by the United Nations in its Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The researchers should be given the opportunity to research and teach at the University of Bonn for one or two semesters. 

The Bonn SDG Fellowships are directed preferably at researchers from Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The goal here is a) to support talented researchers from these geographies who focus on topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals and, through them, b) to build networks between the University of Bonn and research institutes in the so-called Global South.

Who is eligible for funding?

Post-doctoral scientists (with foreign citizenship), who research or teach at a university or research institute in Africa, Latin America, South Asia or Southeast Asia, and who can demonstrate proven expertise in an area of research from the thematic spectrum of the SDGs.

What is the size of the funding?

The funding can cover the following:

  • A travel allowance (depending on country of origin)
  • A scholarship of € 3,000 per month (additional funds for family members: up to € 300 for a spouse and € 250 per child)
  • A research expense allowance of up to € 500 per month, which must be indicated separately and justified in the application

The funding is for a period of at least 3 and not more than 12 months. When calculating costs please note the instructions in the financing plan (and use the following Excel table, download here).

What are the selection criteria?

  • The quality of the research project to be worked on during the stay in Bonn
  • The fellow’s contribution to academic life in Bonn (e.g. via public lectures, seminars or colloquiums)
  • The fellow’s integration into the host institute (place of work, integration into existing teaching and research activities)
  • Follow-on value: a plan for future collaboration projects between the fellow and the host institute in Bonn

Who submits the application?

The application must be submitted by a full-time professor at the University of Bonn together with the fellow.

What is the application time frame?

Submission deadline: extended until June 15, 2020 (for a period of stay beginning at the latest in Juni 2021)

How is the application submitted?

Electronically via:

Application form Funding Line C: Bonn SDG Fellowships

What does the application include?

  • Online form
  • Project description (PDF of max. 8 pages), consisting of:
  1. An outline of the research project to be worked on during the fellow’s stay in Bonn
  2. Reasons for the fellow’s invitation and a description of his or her contribution to research and teaching at the University of Bonn, an outline of the activities through which the fellow will enrich university life at the University of Bonn during his or her stay there
  3. An overview of the collaboration between the applicant and the fellow so far
  4. An outline of the integration of the fellow into the host institute (place of work, participation in teaching and research activities)
  5. An outline of follow-on value: (a) plan for the outcome of the stay, (b) plan for growing the collaboration in the future.



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