The University of Konstanz is inviting applications for CAT (Constructive Advanced Thinking) Programme 2021. The aim of the CAT initiative is to foster networks of excellent early-career researchers dedicated to devise new ideas to understand and to tackle current or emerging societal challenges. Although the programme has a strong focus on the societal relevance of the projects, it is entirely blue-sky, bottom-up and non-thematic. This call has been incubated in the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study (NETIAS) and also involves institutes beyond the network.

Participating Institutes (2021 call):
  • Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus
  • CEU Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest
  • Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem
  • Madrid Institute for Advanced Study, Madrid
  • Montpellier Advanced Knowledge Institute on Transitions, Montpellier
  • Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Paris
  • Scienza Nuova, Torino
  • Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
  • Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Bielefeld
  • Zukunftskolleg, Konstanz


  • At mid-term, the continuation of the team’s work will be subject to approval after evaluation of a short progress report.
  • At the end of their project, in addition to the organization of one or more final meeting(s) presenting the results, the CAT teams will be expected to produce a final report in the form of a text, video, website or other media, that will be made public.
  • In keeping with the policies of the participating institutes, the researchers retain the intellectual property rights to their work.


  • The project must address emergent societal issues.
  • The Principal Investigator must have a stable research position in a European higher education and/or research institution for the entire duration of the project. S/he should have obtained a PhD between January 2012 and December 2020.
  • Doctoral researchers may also participate. However, no team member should have obtained her/his PhD before January 2012.
  • There is no specific requirement for representatives of stakeholder organizations.
  • Each team should include participants from at least two different countries (current workplace, including non-European countries; any nationality).
  • The team of 3 to 5 persons (stakeholders included) must be fully constituted, with CVs of all members.

Duration: up to three years, teams will benefit from a series of short stays (i.e. between one and two weeks, two to three times a year, for a maximum of six stays) in participating institutes.


Submit application documents (in English) via our online application portal. Applications should include:

  • A 300-word abstract;
  • A 3000-word max text (including references) OR a video of 15 min max (please include the web link in the abstract), describing the team’s research question and how it plans to address it;
  • A brief work plan for meetings and activities with an indicative calendar and duration.
  • A short description of the team
  • A PDF file with CVs for each participant and an indication of where they will travel from to the meetings;
  • Letters of support: at least two from academic researchers; additional letters from extra-academic stakeholders outside academia are encouraged.
—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Konstanz
Country Germany
Fellowship Level Grants
Subject areas All disciplines
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 1 September 2021

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