Funding line "Participation in external professional development courses in the field of methodology"

What is the aim of the funding line?

With this funding line, the KU especially intends to support KU employees holding a doctoral degree and doctoral candidates in the acquisition of methodological skills required for their qualification and their own research work, if this methodological training cannot be offered at the KU within a time frame that is acceptable for the applicant.

What is meant by “professional development course in the field of methodology”?

The funding line supports active participation in externally offered courses or trainings that are specifically designed for doctoral candidates or postdocs and impart special methodological skills in a block course.

Such special methodological skills should have an innovative character and proof must be provided that training for such skills cannot be offered at the KU within an appropriate time frame (irrespective of whether in the applicant’s own discipline or others).

The courses should teach theoretical methodological skills in an intensive and compact manner that can be tested in practical classes with specialist support using own research data.

A certificate or comparable proof of the acquired skills must be awarded for completion of the course.

Who may apply for funding?

(Junior) professors, postdoc research associates, and research associates who are accepted and enrolled KU doctoral students (only with letter of recommendation from their KU doctoral advisors).

Who may also use the funding?

external doctoral students, who are accepted and enrolled at the KU may use the funding, if their doctoral advisors (KU professors) apply for funding.

Which costs can be funded?

travel costs (transport and visa), accommodation costs, participation fees, daily allowances (only for KU employees).

How much is the maximum grant in this funding line?

€ 2,000

Is there a deadline for applications for this funding line?

ProFOR+ applications for this funding line can be submitted to the Research Service Center (ZFF) at any time. However, they should be submitted at least four weeks before the course is held.

Who decides about the application?

The vice president for research.

General information

The applicant’s chair/professorship or research institute is expected to also cover a substantial part of the costs for participation in the external professional development course in the field of methodology.

A proFOR+ funding is only granted as supplementary support in addition to other funding possibilities.Please send the fully completed proFOR+ applications with all declarations and agreements signed by hand to the Research Service Center (ZFF) (e-mail: electronically (preferably as a PDF file).

Within a funding line, only one application per applicant can be processed and, if applicable, funding provided.

A new application can only be submitted by the applicant and processed by the Research Service Center for possible funding if the first requested funding measure within this funding line is completed and closed as regards content, costs have been fully settled and the Research Service Center has been provided with a short final report.

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