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How much funding should a Carson fellow expect?

Our fellowship stipends are negotiated individually and depend upon a variety of factors, including your current salary level, whether or not you are on sabbatical, the number of family members accompanying you, etc. In addition, we are subject to a myriad of strict regulations and limits from our funding agency, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Some of these limits were set in 2009, and despite continued discussions, we have not been able to change them to account for factors such as inflation.

Fellows can either keep their salary—in this case the RCC pays for a replacement (teaching only) at the fellow’s home institution—or they receive their fellowship stipend directly.

It may serve as a point of orientation that the gross annual salary of a chair at a Bavarian university averages 87,000 euros, that of a tenure-track junior professor (with one or two book publications) is ca. 72,000 euros, and that of a lecturer/assistant professor is ca. 60,000 euros per annum. Please note that these are the gross salaries and 40–50 percent of these wages are deducted for taxes, social security, and health insurance—all of which the RCC is not allowed to pay in a stipend. However, stipends are tax-free in Germany.

Important to consider in your financial plans is the cost of accommodation: furnished accommodation in downtown Munich is usually around 1,250 euros (studio apartment) to 2,000 euros (for a two bedroom apartment). Grocery shopping is relatively inexpensive in Munich and costs range between 400–800 euros per month, depending on the number of people in the household. Public transportation is also quite reasonable—a monthly ticket costs about 50 euros.