KiNSIS Early Career Award

For particularly innovative and interdisciplinary research projects that support KiNSIS' scientific goals and research topics, KiNSIS presents the Early Career Award once a year. The award of 5,000 euro can be used for student assistants, travel expenses, software or consumer goods, but not for the funding of one's own position.

Important dates:

•    Application deadline: 01 March of each year
•    Announcement of the decision: April of each year
•    End of funding: 01 May of the following year

Who can apply:

•    Postdoctoral researchers with a fixed-term employment contract or a W1 professorship without tenure track in one of KiNSIS' research areas. The applicant must have a minimum of three years of experience in postdoctoral research
•    To use the funding, the applicant must be employed by Kiel University or a partner institution, or be a fellow there.
•    Applicants who have already received an Early Career Award cannot apply again.


Applicants must be nominated by a KiNSIS member or can apply themselves.
The application documents should be written in English, Arial typeface, font size 11, and should include:

•    Cover letter (max. of 2 A4 pages – please use this template) and include:

  • A brief summary of your research during the last three years
  • A description of your motivation to conduct interdisciplinary work and the connection with KiNSIS 'research topics
  • A brief description of three of your most important publications and their connection to KiNSIS
  • A brief description of the planned project to be funded

•    Curriculum vitae (max. of 2 A4 pages)
•    Two letters of support from KiNSIS members

The KiNSIS members will decide which applicant will receive the Early Career Award.


KiNSIS Early Career Award 2023 | Dr.-Ing. Fatemeh Davoodi | Nanooptic group, Institute for Experimental and Applied Physics

Dr.-Ing. Fatemeh Davoodi joined Professor Nahid Talebi’s Nanooptic Group after completing her Ph.D. in Field and Wave Engineering, particularly in the Design and Simulation of Graphene Heterostructures at Telecommunication Wavelengths, at the Department of electrical and computer engineering in K. N. Toosi University of Technology (KNTU), Tehran, Iran. With the funding related to the KiNSIS Early Career Award, she wants to design electron-driven photon sources using artificial intelligence (AI).


Next application deadline: 01 March 2024

The call for the KiNSIS Early Career Award 2024 is expected to be published at the end of 2023.

Please use this template for the cover letter (Word file).

Send all documents including a summary as one PDF file (< 10 MB) with 'Application Early Career Award' in the subject line to

The award ceremony takes place during a KiNSIS event, such as a Diels-Planck Lecture, conference, retreat, etc.