Information for researchers

The research continues to be unrestricted in principle. However, contact opportunities between members of the university should also be minimised at the "workplace university". Presence in the institutes, facilities and administrative units should therefore continue to be limited to what is necessary for the completion of tasks in research, administration and infrastructure and organised in such a way that operations can be maintained in the event of an infection. This applies in particular to critical business processes and infrastructures. 

Act on Academic Fixed-Term Contracts

This information is currently being updated.

The Act on Academic Fixed-Term Contracts (WissZeitVG) has ,against the background of the pandemic, been amended restrospectively with effect from 01.03.2020 to include a transitional arrangement for a limited period of time, by  the addition of Section 7 (3) WissZeitVG. The current wording of the amendment is as follows (translation from the German original):

"(3) The total permitted duration of fixed-term employment in accordance with Section 2 (1) Clause 1 and 2 shall be extended by six months, if an employment relationship exists in accordance with Section 2 (1) between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is hereby authorised to use statutory regulation, with the consent of the Bundesrat, to extend the permitted duration of fixed-term employment for a further period of up to six months, if this appears necessary due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Federal Republic of Germany; the extension shall also apply to employment relationships entered into after 30 September 2020 and prior to the expiry of the extension period referred to in the statutory regulation."

The legislator has thereby created a means of mitigating the additional coronavirus-related burdens on scientists who are in the qualification phase.

The new legal regulation applies to scientific staff who have an employment contract in terms of Section 2 (1) WissZeitVG for their own academic qualification in the period from 01.03.2020 to 30.09.2020. Employment may continue beyond the usual 6-year maximum period during the pandemic-related restrictions. The extension of the maximum period of fixed-term employment was initially limited to a maximum of six months. There is no legal claim to an extension of the employment relationship.

The employment relationship may be extended if the respective institution is able to secure funding, and if continuation of employment is applied for in the usual way via Human Resources. Additional central funding is not available.

The Corona-related impairments will continue beyond September 30, 2020. Consequently, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has extended the period for six month until March 31, 2021. In compliance with the above mentiones conditions, the maximum time limets have been inreased by further 6 month.

If you have any questions, please contact your HR staff member.

Libraries

The following on-site-services are offered:

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-8pm
  • Individual workstations: There are 283 individual workstations and 42 internet workstations available according to the first-come-first-served principle. 
  • Self-removal of print media from the open access areas
  • The historical holdings can be used by appointment (altbestand@ub.uni-kiel.de).
  • The service desk is staffed during opening hours.
  • Vending machines: The snack and drink vending machine, the ATM charging machine, the validation machine and the money exchange machine can be used.
  • Return of print media at the service desk or via the mailbox at the central library.
  • Function rooms open (copy rooms, room for the visually impaired and blind, book scanner, checkroom area)

For the scope of current services in the subject libraries of the faculties, seminars and institutes, please refer to the websites of the respective institutions.

The following services are not offered:

  • Guided tours and trainings
  • Information Desk
  • On-site submission of dissertations – please send by post

Please address your individual concerns to: info@ub.uni-kiel.de

European Commission

ERA corona platform

The platform is a one-stop shop providing comprehensive information about funding opportunities in relation to Coronavirus at European Union and national level.

It offers continuously updated information about Horizon 2020 call deadline extensions, specific or related to Coronavirus funded and ongoing projects, FAQs and other useful links. In cooperation with country correspondents, the platform maintains a dedicated section for national activities, funding opportunities, initiatives and projects in the Member States and other European countries.

The ERA corona platform is one of the 10 priorities of the European Commission and national ministries agreed on the  first ERAvsCorona action plan.

To the ERA platform

Research projects contributing to the fight against the pandemic will be supported separately by the EU.

Information on funding opportunities, projects and initiatives

Residence permits, work permits and visas

Persons with a residence permit for Germany who are currently staying abroad and whose residence permit expires abroad should contact the Immigration Office in Kiel by e-mail zuwanderungsabteilung@kiel.de in order to apply for a Rückkehrberechtigung (permission to return) that allows them to re-enter Germany. Keep in mind that even if your residence permit is valid for a longer time, if you stay outside of Germany for more than six months your residence permit will become invalid and you will need to apply for the Rückkehrberechtigung. 

Concerning residence registration for new arrivals and change of address requests at the Residence Registration Office:

  • As of August 1, 2020 the Registration Office has regular open office hours Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30 am to 12:00 noon. You do not need an appointment to register.
  • The change of address can be done by post.The registration confirmation will be sent by mail.

Information and registration forms can be found on the website of the City of Kiel

Stays abroad and travel returnees or people entering from abroad

ERASMUS activities

If students, teachers or other employees are in affected regions with the support of the Erasmus+ programme (all lines of funding), then any costs arising or already incurred due to changes in the travel plans of affected persons are regarded as "force majeure" and are thus fully refundable. Affected regions are those designated as such by the respective national authorities, so in Germany those on the  list of the RKI (German only)  and/or the Foreign Office (German only).

For the assessment of the situation and the planning of further steps, all travel information on the pages of the Federal Foreign Office (German only) on the coronavirus, both travel warnings and entry and quarantine regulations for travellers from Germany in numerous destination countries, must be observed and documented in detail. Furthermore, German citizens are strongly recommended to register in the electronic registration system of the Federal Foreign Office by Germans abroad "Elefand" (German only).

Other stays abroad

Stays in the risk areas are strongly discouraged. Some of the partner universities there are currently closed anyway. Further developments should be awaited regarding planned visits, for example those which should begin in the autumn. Flight bookings etc. should not be made yet. The colleagues at the  International Center  are available to help with any other questions.

DAAD informs about funding programmes | Information for scholarship holders and applicants

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) provides important information about programmes and for individual target groups, which is updated regularly.  Please keep yourself informed. Detailed information is also available on the webpresence of the ERASMUS+ programme (all funding lines) (German only).

Note: The links refer to FAQ's of the DAAD, which are always updated