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Invitation of International Visiting Scholars

The University of Bonn supports


Return Grants for International Research Alumni


The goal of this funding opportunity is to strengthen international networks and to include international research alumni in activities that support young academics.

Who are international research alumni?

International research alumni are researchers who currently work outside of Germany and who have already been in Bonn for at least one short research stay.


Who can apply?

  • Professors from all departments of the University of Bonn
  • International research alumni

What does the funding include?

Funding covers travel and accommodation expenses for the international research alumnus/a, namely a flat travel rate (based on the country of origin) and a flat accommodation rate of 96 euros per day (for up to 5 days).


In order to receive funding, the international research alumnus/a must be involved in activities that support young academics at the University of Bonn (e.g. as part of the qualification program of graduate schools, offering a block seminar for doctoral students, giving a guest lecture or similar). The funding cannot be awarded for past visits.


How are applications submitted?

Applications must be submitted electronically by February 12, 2020 via the application portal.

Apart from the form sheet, applications should include the following documents:

  • Detailed description of how the international alumnus/a will be involved in measures that support young academics (max. 1 page)
  • Academic résumé of the international research alumnus/a* (max. 5 pages)
  • Description of former contacts and cooperation between the international research alumnus/a and the University of Bonn (max. 1 page)
  • Brief explanation of the reasons for choosing the international research alumnus/a; or in case of self-applications from international research alumni: letter of support from the host (max. 1 page)

What selection criteria are used?

The following criteria are evaluated:
  • Extent and quality of the international research alumnus'/a's involvment in measures that support young academics at the University of Bonn
  • Academic excellence of the international research alumnus/a
  • Former cooperation between the host and the international research alumnus/a
  • Academic quality of the research environment of the host

Please take into account that the selection is made by an interdisciplinary selection committee.


Please direct any questions about the funding program to
Clara Kaminsky
University of Bonn
Bonn Graduate Center
Phone: 0228 / 73-60140


* Family responsibilities, parental leave, illness and further breaks are, of course, taken into account. Please explain possible interruptions in your application.

Research Alumni Strategy of the University of Bonn

The University of Bonn aims at actively including international research alumni in the support of our young academics. The Bonn Research Alumni Strategy is carried out by the following entities:

Alumni Network


Alumni Network

Sabine Höhl
0228 73-1969
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Bonn Graduate Center


Clara Kaminsky
0228 73-60140
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Welcome Center

Welcome Center
Simon Benhöfer
0228 73-4823
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