Post-doctoral Fellowships in the "Humanities" at Universities and Research Institutes in the U.S. (VolkswagenStiftung)
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Call for Post-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at Universities and Research Institutes in the U.S.
The post-doctoral fellowships at U.S. universities are provided by the Volkswagen Foundation in close cooperation with the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, Washington University, Stanford Humanities Center, The Getty Research Institute, and The Transatlantic Academy.
The fellowships are granted for 9 - 12 months and aim at supporting post-doctoral studies at the above-mentioned universities and institutes as well as at universities or research institutes of the candidate’s choice. Scholars shall be given the chance to
- pursue a specific research topic in the humanities in an attractive international environment,
- organize a workshop and participate in ongoing seminars in order to establish contacts with colleagues in the U.S.,
- take advantage of rich interdisciplinary scholarly discussions and research networks,
- use the local libraries, archives, and other facilities, and to attend international conferences, symposia etc.,
- get access to a non-German university system by teaching courses to undergraduate and graduate students, depending on the needs of the relevant academic departments.
The respective target group are promising young scholars in their post-doctoral research phase based at German institutions who want to strengthen their research capacity in a specific field of the humanities which can be expected to have a strong impact on their individual research profile and expertise. Scholars who work in an interdisciplinary field are especially encouraged to apply. The applicants should have finished their Ph. D. between one and no more than five years ago. Candidates who apply for a fellowship at an institution not listed above will have to provide a letter by the institution of their choice stating that it will support the candidate’s application and host the person during the respective academy year.
The grants will be awarded for 9 - 12 months and cover a monthly salary as paid by German universities (Arbeitgeberbrutto approx. 60,000 Euro) or a post-doctoral fellowship (2,100 Euro per month) plus international health insurance, visa, travel expenses/rent (including one additional flight to Germany, conference participation in North America), and a workshop at the beginning of the stay.
The universities/institutes will support the fellows to arrange the necessary contacts at the university and its faculties or the institute respectively. Each year the scholars at some of the institutions mentioned above are invited to work on projects related to an annual theme. Proposals should but do not have to be linked to the proposed thematic scope.
Up to 12 fellowships per year can be funded. Grants will be made to the German institution that employs the respective candidate.
The selection of the candidates will be jointly organized by the Volkswagen Foundation and the host universities/institutes in a two-step procedure. After a pre-selection of the proposals received there will be a second round, including personal presentations and interviews of shortlisted candidates. For that purpose a selection committee will be established, nominated by the Volkswagen Foundation and some of the host universities/institutes.
Applications must be written in English and submitted to the Volkswagen Foundation electronically via the application system. The deadline for application is October 2, 2012. The personal presentations of shortlisted candidates and the final decision of the selection committee are scheduled for February/March 2013.
More information about the post-doctoral fellowship can be found at www.volkswagenstiftung.de
Dr. Almut Steinbach
+49 511 8381 370
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