Senior Fellows are established guest scholars from the natural sciences, humanities or social sciences who join the Zukunftskolleg for a research stay and work with the fellows. This support and inspiration is a mutual advantage, the Senior Fellows profit by the impulses provided by the younger generation and vice versa. Therefore the Zukunftskolleg inspires younger and more experienced researchers alike.
Senior Fellows are free to pursue their research project at the Zukunftskolleg without any obligation to teach or to participate in the boards or committees of the university. They are required to promote the Zukunftskolleg’s projects by participating in discussions and mentoring fellows.
Senior Fellowships comprise a research stay at the Zukunftskolleg of up to twelve months and provide funding for a Senior Fellow position for the duration of the stay. The Senior Fellow may choose one of the following options: The Zukunftskolleg assumes the costs of a replacement at the Senior Fellow's home institution or the Senior Fellow receives a remuneration (honorarium). Additionally, the Zukunftskolleg provides a subsidy to cover living expenses in Konstanz.
Senior Fellows are distinguished German or foreign scientists and scholars from the natural sciences, humanities or social sciences. Only Fellows of the Zukunftskolleg, the director and the rector of the University of Konstanz may nominate candidates for Senior Fellowships. The Zukunftskolleg does not issue calls for applications; entitled persons may submit nominations to the Zukunftskolleg at any time. The executive committee confers the Senior Fellowships with each of them lasting between one and twelve months.