FAQs (Frequently asked questions)
When is the application deadline?
The application period of the first edition in 2017 ended on 22nd August 2017. A new edition of karema is envisaged, the application deadline will be announced in due time.
What do I need to submit if I want to apply for karema?
Due to the focus on research within the karema project, one of the most important things to submit will be an outline of your research idea. You will have to submit the outline of your research idea via an input field that allows up to 4,000 characters. Please refer to the point „What exactly is an outline of your research idea?“ within this FAQ section for further information.
To complete the application, please prepare the following documents as PDF-files (unless specified otherwise). It is sufficient to submit electronic documents, i.e. no hardcopies need to be sent. The following electronic documents (PDF) are mandatory:
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) (please read the information about what to include and how to structure your CV that you will be provided during your application).
- PhD certificate
- Publication list
- Most important publications regarding your project idea (up to 5)
- Master‘s degree certificate(s) (original language)
- Master‘s degree certificate(s) (certified translation, if original language is other than English or German)
- Letter of motivation
- Letter of recommendation from faculty staff of a university or research institute (PDF; can also be sent in paper form, if to be handled confidentially)
- English language qualification certificate (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL; see further details)
Further qualifications such as certificates of awards (PDF) are not mandatory, but very useful and therefore recommended.
German language proficiency is not required.
Can I apply before I finish my PhD?
You must have finished your PhD by the time of the karema Days. In case you do not finish your PhD before the application deadline, you can apply with the documents you have available, anyway. However, please do provide a certificate of your institution indicating that you will have completed your PhD by beginning of December 2017.
When will I be notified?
Notification about admission / rejection of you application is to be expected beginning of September.
Why don’t I receive a mail (e.g. after registration)?
There are currently problems with mail delivery to hotmail-addresses. If this concerns you, please indicate an alternative email address. If during application you don‘t receive emails that you should receive, please also contact karema[at]cs.uni-kl.de.
What exactly is an outline of your research idea?
Due to the focus on research within the karema project, one of the most important things to submit is an outline of your research idea that does not exceed 4,000 characters.
This research idea is the basis upon which you will create your postdoctoral project in exchange with your IRC. Once accepted as karema attendee, you will present your idea to the IRC during the karema Days in December 2017.
What is an IRC (Individual Research Counselor)?
The international postdocs will team up with exceptional senior researchers from Kaiserslautern on a one-to-one basis in order to raise funding for joint research projects and thereby establish longer-term collaboration. These top-class scientists from Kaiserslautern are called “Individual Research Counselors” (IRCs), due to their role in counselling each international postdoc individually.
Is there a job or funding available subsequent to the karema Days?
The aim is for the visiting researchers to subsequently apply for post-doctoral positions at the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and develop research projects in collaboration with the renowned scientists at Kaiserslautern. Depending on the current situation at Kaiserslautern, there are either jobs available or funding will be targeted. Therefore, the experts of the Research Service will be counselling the postdocs regarding all funding questions.