Excellence Strategy

Tübingen Reloaded

Tübingen Reloaded is a competitive funding program that enables Tübingen institutes and researchers to invite their international alumni back to Tübingen for a research visit. The program provides seed funding to cover travel costs and hotel accommodation for one week* in order to get the ball rolling for bilateral or multilateral collaborations. Applicants are invited to extend the visit with private, departmental or third-party funding.


  • Strengthening ties between the host and his or her international research alumni
  • Initiating and increasing the number of joint activities and collaborations (e.g. projects or publications) between the host and his or her former research fellows
  • Establishing a worldwide research alumni network of the University of Tübingen
  • Enhancing international visibility of Tübingen’s research landscape

Target groups

Applicants should be senior researchers of the University of Tübingen or affiliated institutes.
Invitations can be extended to international alumni/ae (postdocs, professors) who have carried out research at the University of Tübingen for at least 3 months and live and conduct research abroad at the time of application.


Successful applicants will get an allowance amounting to the sum that would cover travel and accommodation expenses for up to 7 days. In order to promote long term alumni involvement in current research projects, it is suggested that inviting parties extend the visit to a longer stay with private, departmental or third-party funding.

The seed funding can cover

  • travel costs (economy class) on the basis of original travel tickets*. To enable the reasonable completion of official business, rail travel in 1st class is reimbursable, starting at a one-way distance of 100 km. In addition, the cost of the BahnCard can be claimed if amortized.
  • airport transfer by public transport
  • where appropriate: visa costs on the basis of original receipts
  • accommodation in Tübingen (for up to 7 days) with a maximum of 95 Euro (including breakfast) per night.**

*For travel connections that deviate from the direct route and are combined with additional private or business appointments not related to the funded project, a comparative offer of the original route must be submitted in order to exclude increased costs due to the alternative routes. Higher costs are to be borne by the customer.

**Increased accommodation costs must be justified and documented by alternative offers of further accommodation.

Not refundable are

  • upgrades during travel or in accommodation (e.g. seat reservation, excess baggage, use of  minibar or upgrade to 2nd person)
  • taxi costs or private transfer, only in those exceptional cases when no public transport alternatives are available
  • travel insurance

Selection procedure

Applications should meet all four of the following criteria in order to be assessed on the basis of various further factors:

  1. Eligibility: The invited alumnus and alumna (postdocs, professors) has conducted research at the University of Tübingen for at least 3 months, has an independent academic profile and lives and conducts research abroad (research alumni, who completed a doctorate at the University of Tübingen, should have been employed abroad for at least two years).
  2. Commitment: The Tübingen host and the research alumnus or alumna have a promising joint research interest and show commitment to a verifiably sustainable cooperation, e.g. new third-party application efforts
  3. Quality: The application is clearly structured, comprehensible, and complete.
  4. Impact: The funding is used as start-up financing in order to launch new joint activities or intensify existing research cooperation.


For a planned research stay, applications should be submitted at least 4 months in advance.

Application procedure

Applications in German or in English should be submitted via an Online-Portal by a current researcher of the University of Tübingen or affiliated institutes and include the following information:

  1. application form
  2. short description (max. 3 pages): subject, objective(s), long-term perspective and schedule, as well as information about the previous nature, relevance and value of the cooperation
  3. timeframe and program activities of the planned visit
  4. CV of the inviting researcher and the research alumnus or alumna including proof of previous stay in Tübingen (max. 2 pages each)

Furthermore the signed confirmation of conditions and obligations (download here) has to be uploaded as a separate PDF-file.


In order to receive reimbursement for your expenses, please fill out the reimbursement form provided below. Once you have completed the form, please send it along with your receipts to the designated contact person for the scholarship.

Reimbursement Form (PDF)