Twenty scholarships for Master's students and graduates

Master's students and university graduates who are aiming for a doctorate can now apply for a scholarship as part of the "Transformation Summer Camp 2024". The one-week research camp for 20 scholarship holders will be held at the KU from September 16 to 20.

With the Summer Camp, the University would like to support students in their final phase or early-career researchers in developing ideas for a high-quality and socially relevant Master's thesis or doctoral project. Applicants are invited to submit a sketch of ideas in advance on a topic at the intersection of transformation, sustainability and social diversity. "We live in complex, diverse societies. In future, it will therefore become increasingly important to link the shaping of sustainable development with the potential and challenges of social diversity in order to enable a socially just world for everyone. This is why we want to see new, exciting ideas at the intersection between these two topics", explains KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

In addition to academic impulses on topics such as the public sphere and migration, the Anthropocene, global inequalities and democratic participation, the interdisciplinary research camp offers various opportunities for professional development. The focus here is also on the question of how our own research work can contribute to an effective transformation towards sustainability through knowledge transfer and cooperation with partner organizations from society. In addition, all participants can take part in workshops on designing scientific posters or applying to conferences and learn how design thinking as a method can help them to get to the heart of their own ideas in a more targeted way.

"Being a committed University, we place particular importance on personal commitment. We are therefore looking for young people who, in addition to their professional interests, are actively committed to sustainable social development", says Dr. Thomas Metten, who is organizing the camp on behalf of the KU. The application deadline for the research camp is June 7. A committee will then select the 20 participants who will spend a week at the KU discussing and developing their research ideas with experts from various disciplines. The KU covers the costs for travel, accommodation and meals.

The "Transformation Summer Camp 2024" is being held as part of the "Mensch in Bewegung II" project. Further information on the call for applications and the application procedure can be found at