Scholars and practitioners can apply for the residential fellowship program to conduct studies and projects in their various fields. Fellowships are usually awarded to applicants working on individual projects. However, joint applications for a collaborative project are also possible. The duration of residency at CAIS is between one and six months.

  • Requirements

    Fellowships are awarded to highly accomplished academics and professionals with practice-based expertise.

    A concept for the communication of project results to the public and for their transfer into practice must be part of the application. In addition to this, fellows are expected to participate in the transfer activities organized by CAIS.

  • Funding and Facilities

    Fellows at CAIS should as far as possible be on sabbatical from their home institution with a full salary. In that case, fellows will receive a grant of 600 euros per month. Alternatively, financial compensation for the salary or costs of a substitute can be provided by CAIS within reasonable limits. Fellows without current employment will receive a grant of 1,843 euros per month. Fellows with a regular income below 1,243 euros will be given a grant that covers the difference.

    Fellows can apply for additional travel grants to participate in conferences and workshops where they present their CAIS-projects. They can furthermore apply to invite a visiting fellow with whom they wish to collaborate for up to three weeks during their stay. CAIS will cover the travel and accommodation expenses for visiting fellows and pay a daily expense allowance of 24 euros. Applications for travel grants or visiting fellows can be submitted with the main application or during the fellowship.

    Fellows are provided with flexible work spaces and rent-free, fully equipped single apartments in the center of Bochum. In addition, CAIS will cover fellows’ travel expenses in accordance with the state regulations on the reimbursement of travel costs. Alternatively, CAIS can cover the cost of a daily commute if this is within a distance of 100 km from the Center and the fellow does not require accommodation in Bochum.
  • Application Instructions

    Applications in electronic form (one single PDF) are to be submitted in German or English to application@cais.nrw. The application should not exceed 15 pages (plus publication and additional applications for travelling grants or visiting fellows).

    Applications should include:

    1. Application form for fellowships
    2. Abstract of proposal (max. 300 words)
    3. Outline of proposal
    • subject and lines of research
    • aims and projected results
    • preliminary work
    • concept for transfer into practice
    • work plan

    in the case of academic projects

    • theories and methods
    • current state of research
    1. Curriculum Vitae with no more than five publication references (max. 2 pages) and one relevant publication as a link or an appendix
    2. Where applicable: informal application for a travel grant or for the invitation of a visiting fellow (max 2 pages plus CV)


  • Selection Process

    The applications will be assessed by the Center’s program committee on the basis of three reviews per application.

    The evaluation criteria are:

    • professional expertise and qualification
    • relevance and topicality
    • originality and innovative potential
    • aims and academic/practical results
    • interdisciplinarity
    • transfer into practice
    • accordance with the CAIS agenda
    • feasibility of work plan

    in the case of academic projects

    • theories and methods

    On the basis of this assessment and with additional consideration of disciplinary balance, of budget restrictions, workspace and accommodation capacities, the program committee will make its final decisions.

    The voting members of the program committee are the academic director, the program manager, the head of knowledge transfer and public relations, six distinguished scholars from the field of digitalization and internet studies as well as two professionals with practice-based expertise.