Research support at the RSI

RSI Seed Funding Grants

The RSI offers Seed Funding Grants for excellent collaborative research projects in all areas of Economics. To initiate new research projects and foster scientific exchange, the RSI invites applications for RSI Seed Funding Grants of up to 5.000 € per project. The grants are available for promising disciplinary as well as interdisciplinary research projects. Projects laying the grounds for later third-party funding are particularly welcome.

Eligibility and requirements

RSI Seed Funding Grants are open to all economic researchers at the universities of Bonn and Cologne. Projects have to include at least one researcher from each institution. Research projects targeted at generating external funding will be given priority. Applicants must outline the expected status of the project in one year and specify how the seed funding by the RSI may contribute to this.

Application and selection procedure

The decisive criterion for the granting of funds is the scientific quality and originality as well as the cost efficiency of the proposed research project. We welcome applications at any time.
Please submit your application online using the form below, along with a research proposal and the CV‘s of all involved researchers in one single pdf document. Application materials shall be limited to a maximum of 2 pages for each CV, 2 pages for each proposal, and 1 page for literature references (Arial 11pt./ 1.15).

RSI Scholarships for PhD Students

The RSI offers Scholarships for PhD Students in Economics which

  • have been admitted to the Bonn Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) or the Cologne Graduate School (CGS-E),
  • have reached the final part of their PhD studies and
  • are jointly supervised by one supervisor at the University of Bonn and one at the University of Cologne.

The scholarship is rewarded with 1.475 € per month.

If you are interested in this funding possibility, please discuss a potential application with your supervisors and ask them to contact the RSI board.