Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI awards a Research Fellowship in all areas of wood science, technology and engineering.

The Fellowship is aimed to senior-level faculty eligible for sabbatical leave who want to pursue world-class research at the Fraunhofer WKI. It includes a stipend reflecting the costs of living in Germany and the German tariffs for scientists. Office and laboratory space for the proposed research will be provided.


Applicants are encouraged to review the our website for information about the facilities available at the institute and are expected to conduct independent research while at the Fraunhofer WKI. 

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit the following documents:

  • Current resume with the list of publications and research accomplishments
  • Short, max. one page pre-proposal describing the research to be conducted at WKI and expected results
  • Requested duration of the stay (min 6 months)

Selected candidates will be asked to submit full proposal and three letters of recommendation. The proposals can be in any area of the applicant’s interest (not necessarily areas currently covered by the institute) and must contain link to potential applications or research implementation. Research proposals in the areas of but not limited to wood composite materials, natural materials based high strength cellulose or carbon fibers, novel materials and technologies are of a particular interest.

Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Ing. Bohumil Kasal (Director of the Fraunhofer WKI).

About us

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The Fraunhofer WKI is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, one of the leading organizations for applied research in Europe. It offers ambitious scientists challenging tasks coupled with responsibility and room for creativity. 

Former Wilhelm Klauditz Fellows

Professor Tareq Hussein, PhD

University of Jordan


He is a Professor of Physics / Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Jordan and a Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki. During his fellowship at the Fraunhofer WKI, he is involved in developing an Indoor Aerosol model that will be utilized in a consortium project to evaluate the effects of climate change on Indoor Air Quality in German dwellings.

Hatem Abushammala

Abu Dhabi University


The materials scientist was conducting his research at the Fraunhofer WKI on the preparation of electrically conductive nanoparticles using renewable materials. Such conductive nanocellulose would have great potential for a variety of applications, including sensing and electronics. In addition to his research as a Fellow, he was leading an international research project. He demonstrated that renewable raw materials can be utilized instead of petroleum-based resources for developing high-value functional materials for many areas of interest. 

Glenn Morrison, PhD

University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill


His scientific focus is directed at the chemical characterization of indoor air pollutants, exposure studies and building technology as well as chemical reactions in interior spaces on surfaces and in the gas phase. During his stay as a Fellow at the Fraunhofer WKI, he addressed the influence of textiles, particularly clothing, on the dermal absorption of indoor air pollutants. With his help, a device was designed with which the distribution of organic indoor air components between gas phase and textiles can be determined. Furthermore, he initiated scientific collaborations between the Fraunhofer WKI and Danish research institutions on the topic of “dermal exposure and biomonitoring”.

Greg Foliente, PhD

University of Melbourne


He leads interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, education, consulting and collaboration initiatives that advance innovation in the built environment and urban systems sectors, with a primary focus towards improved sustainability, liveability and resilience. As a Fellow at the Fraunhofer WKI, he contributed to the compilation of a program for environmentally compatible construction.

Frederick Kamke, PhD

Oregon State University


His specialization is heat and mass transfer in wood and wood-based products, with emphasis on adhesion science, modeling, manufacture and performance of wood-based composites, and green building materials. His research work as a Fellow at the Fraunhofer WKI was aiming at improving the durability of wood-based panels in building applications. Multiscalar methods of computational modeling were combined with weathering experiments to enable a better assessment of the development of new products.