Connecting Young Scientists (ConYS)

KHYS aims at increasing the reliability of scientific career paths for young scientists. In the framework of the ▶ KHYS Postdoc Office we have therefore implemented the flexible and modular funding scheme Connecting Young Scientists (ConYS) which enables postdoctoral researchers1 to independently develop and extend career-specific networks. The objective of the program is to support postdocs in increasing their self-reliance and further developing their profile. Postdocs can network with partners of their own choice and thus precisely tailor the modules to fit their career orientation and goals. Networking partners can be other research groups at in Germany or around the globe as well as universities, industry companies, and other organizations. ConYS enables postdocs to use professional networks as building blocks for their career strategy, for example for advancing their research projects, for preparing research proposals for third-party funding, for initiating their next postdoc position abroad, or for getting in touch with potential employees from the private sector. ConYS consists of three different modules:

  • Module 1: Short-term journeys of KIT postdocs
  • Module 2: Short-term stays of young scientists at KIT
  • Module 3: Event support

The funding can cover one or several of the modules. The networking partner can be a different one for the various modules.

For more information, please refer to the ▶ description of modules, the ▶ current call for applications and the ▶ procedure. In addition a ▶ PDF file containing all information is available for printing.


Target group: postdoctoral researchers with a doctoral degree who work at KIT as scientists for a limited period of time (generally up to three years) and who are members of KHYS.

Scope of funding: The maximum sum for each funding package is EUR 5,000. Each package can cover one or several of the three modules. For all modules, double funding is not permitted. More detailed information on the scope of funding for each module can be found ▶ here.


If you have any further questions concerning the Connecting Young Scientists (ConYS) program please contact ▶ Andreas Hahmann or send an e-mail to ▶ conys∂


This measure is part of the KHYS Postdoc Office and sponsored by

1 KIT postdocs are early-career researchers and young scientists who have received their doctorates and are doing research at KIT for a qualification phase that generally takes three years. The postdoctoral phase at KIT can be done directly after the doctorate or after an already completed postdoctoral phase at another university or non-university research institution in Germany or abroad.